Screwed : The Truth About Life as a Prison Officer Paperback
'My name is Ronnie Thompson. Being a prison officer was something I used to be proud of.
I soon realised the truth of what its like working as a screw, though.It's afucking headache.
Corruption, danger, violence. Welcome to my world.' Ronnie Thompson was just an ordinary guy.
That is, until hebecame a prison officer. By the time he started work at HMP Romwell, he realised he was actually a nurse, a copper, a probation officer, a carer, a councillor, a social worker and, of course, an incarcerator all in one.
Oh, and a punch bag for the cons and bosses. In SCREWED, Ronnie tells it like it is. Hereveals what really goes on behind bars-the times when force is necessary and used, and when it is unnecessary but still used.He exposes the underworld of bent screws, the drugs they traffic, the firms they work for and what they get paid for their sins.He shows how it is left down to a small group of officers to control an over-flowing prison, keep an eye out for corrupt govenors, and dodge the deluded human rights campaigners.
Ultimately, he shows us that being a good screw doesnt always mean sticking to the rules...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 24/07/2008
- Category: Autobiography: general
- ISBN: 9780755316663
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Review by wrichard
I enjoyed it, even if nobody else did. The author is clearly quite a young man and some men of his age and class do like to swear. I still think that the author did want to be a good prison officer and found that the system failed him. I'm sure every prison officer, and in fact everyone doing similar jobs, feels the same way. He just wrote it down as a stream of consciousness.