The Professional Convict's Tale: The Survival of John O'Neill in and Out of Prison (Hardback)
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The Professional Convict's Tale: The Survival of John O'Neill in and Out of Prison (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 30/12/2006
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The Professional Convict's Tale: The Survival of John O'Neill In and Out of Prison offers a unique, inside view of life behind bars in the 1960s. Elmer H. Johnson, a criminologist who has specialized in prison life for half a century, gave Menard Penitentiary parolee John O'Neill a tape recorder and a set of questions designed to draw out his opinions and observations about the prison world. This study frames O'Neill's responses with Johnson's analysis. O'Neill's narrative guides readers through the world beyond the prison gate as he shares his strategies for survival and proposes alternatives to rebellion or submission. He discusses the fractionalization between the keepers and the kept and the effects that subterranean communication, threats of inmate predators, and prison riots can have on the psyche of both inmates and staff. O'Neill's frustrations and the inadequate responses from the community to which he was paroled illustrate the social costs and impact of parole for the community and for the parolee. Although O'Neill recorded his comments more than forty years ago, they are still relevant today when thousands of convicts are being released from prison each year.

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
ISBN: 9780809326983
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 490 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm


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" "The Professional Convict' s Tale" is a must-read for students, criminologists, forensic psychologists, caseworkers, lawyers, parole officers, or anyone interested in learning about doing time. O' Neill offers realistic and helpful recommendations for improvement of the system so that it can work better for staff, inmates, and society overall." -- Ania Dobrzanska, American Correctional Association

" "The Professional Convict' s Tale" addresses substantial historical issues in the development of corrections. Johnson presents an " in their own words" view of inmate adjustment to maximum security prisons, placing these raw views in a sound analytical structure. He focuses on social change as it relates to institutions, to the individual adaptations to entry into and movement within the social context of the prison, and to inmate reentry into the broader community." -- Robert T. Sigler, University of Alabama

" The Professional Convict ' s Tale addresses substantial historical issues in the development of corrections. Johnson presents an " in their own words " view of inmate adjustment to maximum security prisons, placing these raw views in a sound analytical structure. He focuses on social change as it relates to institutions, to the individual adaptations to entry into and movement within the social context of the prison, and to inmate reentry into the broader community. " -- Robert T. Sigler, University of Alabama

""The Professional Convict's Tale" is a must-read for students, criminologists, forensic psychologists, caseworkers, lawyers, parole officers, or anyone interested in learning about doing time. O'Neill offers realistic and helpful recommendations for improvement of the system so that it can work better for staff, inmates, and society overall."--Ania Dobrzanska, American Correctional Association


""The Professional Convict's Tale" addresses substantial historical issues in the development of corrections. Johnson presents an "in their own words" view of inmate adjustment to maximum security prisons, placing these raw views in a sound analytical structure. He focuses on social change as it relates to institutions, to the individual adaptations to entry into and movement within the social context of the prison, and to inmate reentry into the broader community."--Robert T. Sigler, University of Alabama


"The Professional Convict s Tale" is a must-read for students, criminologists, forensic psychologists, caseworkers, lawyers, parole officers, or anyone interested in learning about doing time. O Neill offers realistic and helpful recommendations for improvement of the system so that it can work better for staff, inmates, and society overall. Ania Dobrzanska, American Correctional Association"


"The Professional Convict s Tale" addresses substantial historical issues in the development of corrections. Johnson presents an in their own words view of inmate adjustment to maximum security prisons, placing these raw views in a sound analytical structure. He focuses on social change as it relates to institutions, to the individual adaptations to entry into and movement within the social context of the prison, and to inmate reentry into the broader community. Robert T. Sigler, University of Alabama"

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