On the Other Side of the Bars: Lessons Learned As a Prison Warden/Administrator

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Tate Publishing, 2012 - Social Science - 241 pages
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When we got there, we saw helicopters and smoke coming from the burning buildings. We saw a large number of inmates, many clinging to a fence. We witnessed National Guard troops inside the prison with their weapons, marching in step to their posts. We saw guardsmen on top of the walls and on top of buildings. I never thought that I would end up working there, much less as the warden, some eighteen years later.
Author Dan Reynolds has written an enthralling account of a decades-long career in Oklahoma corrections. In On the Other Side of the Bars, he spills his heart about everything from how it felt to live through his first execution as a warden after only ninety days on the job to the joyfully uplifting moments of seeing the wisdom of experience bear fruit. For those considering entering a career in corrections, he also details the most critical components of a safe and secure prison for staff to work in—and inmates to live in. Learn how it feels to have to deal head on with a riot, and discover why the author is mentioned in a John Grisham book.
 

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Contents

Introduction
13
The Beginning
15
Western Division of Institutions
41
Central Classification Unit
47
Oklahoma State Penitentiary McAlester Oklahoma
51
McLeod Correctional Center Farris Oklahoma
89
Mack Alford Correctional Center Stringtown Oklahoma
95
The Return to Big Mac
109
Community Corrections
183
Correctional Officer ChaplainsSpiritual Counselor Program
197
Lessons Learned
203
The New Mental Health Hospitals
217
The Unsung Hero
221
The Ultimate Sacrifice
225
Todays Correctional ChallengesSolutions
231
Hope
237

Population Management
161
Security and Investigations Division
171
Conclusion
241
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