So You Think You Know Me?

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Waterside Press, Jun 19, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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The autobiography of an ex-offender and twice-times inmate of Barlinnie Prison, now a social work team-leader in his native Scotland.
 

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Contents

Foreword
vii
Acknowledgements
xiv
Dedication
xv
Publishers note
xvi
1 An Education of Sorts
17
2 First Offence to Hangmans Noose
23
3 Maw Madness Mayhem and Me
31
4 Painting Lesson Screaming Colours
40
14 High Maintenance Lifestyle and Reputation
117
15 Out of Control or Just Plain Indifferent?
124
16 The Best Interests of the Child
130
Road Map for Borstal
138
18 Reformative Aims Brutal Regime
145
19 Strangeways Strange Days
152
20 Sins of the Children Visited on the Parents
160
21 Blood and Violence Within Prison Walls
164

Violence Equals Respect
48
6 Sent DownSo Much for Jimmy Boyle
53
7 Rage to RitalinWho is the System For?
61
8 A Sad Twist to the Beautiful Game
68
9 Does Anyone Have Boundaries?
74
10 A Night at the Theatre the Hospital Variety
83
11 On the RampageLiving Up to Type
91
12 Juvenile Chain Gang to Barlinnie Prison
98
More Living Hell
108
22 Lone Wolf Surprised by His Reflection
170
23 Crossroads but no Signpost
177
24 Meeting My Beautiful Boy
184
25 Back to BarlinnieBarricades Not Required
188
26 More than One of Everybody
195
27 Know Me Better Now?
202
Epilogue
211
Back cover
225
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Page xiii - You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view — until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.
Page iv - He is a former social worker with young offenders and has been closely involved in the training of probation officers. He has written extensively on the changing nature of the probation service, the promotion of community penalties, the significance of electronic monitoring and the cultural politics of penal reform (including the use of prison movies...
Page iv - He has written extensively on the changing nature of the probation service, the promotion of community penalties, the significance of electronic monitoring and the cultural politics of penal reform (including the educational use of prison movies and prisoner's autobiographies). His most recent book (edited with Eric Chui) was Moving Probation Forward (Longman, 2003 ) and he is currently editing a book, with Belgian colleagues, on electronic monitoring around the world.

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