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You Are Going to Prison

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  73 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
There's no doubt about it. You saw the flashing red lights, you found a good attorney, you even begged for mercy. Now You Are Going To Prison and there's not a damn thing you can do about it... except learn how to make the time go easier.

Jim Hogshire guides you through the correctional system, pointing out all the dangers and scams, leading you toward the safest path. If
Paperback, 181 pages
Published January 22nd 1994 by Loompanics Unlimited (first published 1994)
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Apr 22, 2008 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tons of useful information in case you ever land in the slammer or have a brush with the law.
this is a REALLY hard book to review, i've never been incarcerated so, like, i can't review it from the standpoint of "yes, this was helpful to me in terms of my sentence" or anything. also Jim Hogshire does say some some pretty homophobic and racist things in the course of his book [although from his perspective it is about being "true" about prison life] but does seem, from a limited perspective, to be attempting to publish a very, very ugly book on how to survive being in prison. A lot the su ...more
Wes Hazard
File under "Books I've Read Based on Title Alone"

This book's main message is that you don't want to get arrested…you really don't want to get convicted…and you really really do NOT want to go to prison. Based on what's contained in here I would advise heeding the warning. Should you however find yourself locked up, this book tries its best to offer you some practical and honest advice. If you've seen The Shawshank Redemption or watched more than a few episodes of HBO's "OZ" much of this will be
Ellis Amdur
Jan 16, 2015 Ellis Amdur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jim  Hogshire doesn't like the criminal justice system.  He hates cops, corrections officers, judges, and prosecutors.  He vilifies all of them in lurid vitriol.  You may disagree with his politics and his perspective, except for one important point.  If you are going to prison, none of those people care for you.  They won't help you.  And you have only a very limited ability to help yourself.  His objective is to help you survive.  Perhaps the best recommendation is the one given by the US Depa ...more
Austin Somlo
Aug 24, 2016 Austin Somlo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to say how much of You Are Going to Prison is true because some of it seems too familiar from watching movies. But the book is a can't-put-down and is chockful of information.

It's so comprehensive that varying options are explored at every step of the way. I just never knew, that's all. It's because I have absolutely zero experience in these matters. Still, such is life for these people who actually go through it.

All in all, You Are Going to Prison is one of the best books I've read
Deyth Banger
Mar 26, 2016 Deyth Banger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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What more awesome than that?
The story is incrediable, few hours in jail having the chance to meet all prisoners. To be part of them, to be a part of a judge son. To be a part of a guy who is been in prison a lot of times and wants to make a revenge. To be part of how people make with you jokes, to see what happens if you kill a boss from a group. To see what happens with the people from the group to see how they start working with you. They start helping you in fight, to be a part of something i
Bryan Worra
Jun 04, 2007 Bryan Worra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book you hope you never have to have practical application for, but again, it's pretty honest and straight-forward about how to set your affairs in order and get ready to find out why they call it "The Slammer". Or "The Pokey," depending on which region of the US you're living in.
Jul 30, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a surprise. It was funny but completely practical. It was also disgusting to read about the US prison system.

I highly recommend it.
Mar 07, 2012 Shenanitims rated it really liked it
I think I read this book a bazillion times in college. "Just in case..." I would tell my concerned friends. Luckily, I've never found a use for it. Man, I miss Loompanics Unlimited...
An important read for anyone involved in crime.
Hogshire has an obvious distaste for cops. But he offers practical advice for those on one side of the law and a good laugh for those on the other.
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Insiders look at what you can expect if you ever find yourself in this situation...cuts past the bone and into the marrow.
This was published in 1994 and could use an updated edition, but it should probably still be required reading for every American high school kid.
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