Journalist ted conover spent one year undercover as a prison officer at the notorious sing sing prison in westchester, usa there he participated in the most disturbing rituals of prison life, soon discovering how strip searches, forcible cell extractions and depriving men of the most basic of luxuries exacts a toll on inmates and officers alike.
The themes of ted conover's nonfiction account of the months he spent as a corrections officer in new york state's sing sing prison, newjack: guarding sing sing, include: the dehumanizing nature.
Acclaimed journalist ted conover sets a new standard for bold, in-depth reporting in this first-hand account of life inside the penal system at sing sing when ted conover’s request to shadow a recruit at the new york state corrections officer academy was denied, he decided to apply for a job as a prison officer himself. The sing sing correctional facility sprawls across fifty-five acres of the east bank of the hudson river, some thirty miles north of new york city convicted criminals used to travel from the city to sing sing by boat “up the river” to “the big house,” which is how both phrases entered the language.
Ted conover goes undercover as a guard at the sing sing prison in new york for a full year his transformation is known by no one within the prison walls his book explores the life of a rookie, a “newjack, who is desperately trying to keep the peace within one of the most anarchic penitentiary in the state. This 43-page guide for “newjack: guarding sing sing” by ted conover includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 8 chapters, as well as several more in-depth sections of expert-written literary analysis newjack paints an image of a prison system that has foregone not just the possibility of transformation for present.
Guarding sing sing from the book jacket: ted conover, the intrepid author of coyotes, about the world of undocumented mexican immigrants, spent a year as a prison guard at sing sing newjack, his account of that experience, is a milestone in american journalism: a book that casts new and unexpected light on this nation’s prison crisis and sets a new standard for courageous, in-depth reporting.
Ted conover discusses how little has changed in the 15 years since he infiltrated sing sing in order to write a book about the prison system.