On occasion I am asked to provide book reviews, this is the first time I have received a directory to examine, a directory oA comprehensive directory.
On occasion I am asked to provide book reviews, this is the first time I have received a directory to examine, a directory of prisons no less! Thank heavens to date I have not personally required a resource like this, but if the opposite were the case, this directory would be quite handy to have. I know you're thinking it, but no, the inmates are not listed. This is a professional directory, not a “Who's In Jail” pot-boiler.
Compiled by Christopher Zoukis and Dr. Randall Radic, webmasters / contributors to PrisonLawBlog.com and PrisonEducation.com, this resource provides a complete listing of Federal and private prisons by region with profiles of essential character information such as the security nature, inmate population and federal district.
Most importantly, full contact information for the official general address of each prison and camp is given, plus how to address correspondence to an inmate of each institution. E-mail address are also included for the general address of each prison in addition to general region maps showing where each prison is located.
To make searching for the relevant information easier, several appendixes are provided cross-referencing the various listings. Appendix Six also provides additional contact information for other relevant offices and administrations should you require this information, e.g. the central office for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Civil Rights Division in the United States Department of Justice, etc., to name a few.
Need a federal prison address? Save yourself searching through government websites and invest in a copy. This directory will prove to be an invaluable aid for family and friends wishing to find the correct mailing address for an incarcerated loved one. This would also be useful for attorneys needing contact information, perhaps for detectives to aid their investigations not to mention members of the media for their reports and newscasts. ...more
We are all lead to believe that the justice system is in control of outlaws once they are handed overIf Machiavelli was Sentenced to Federal Prison …
We are all lead to believe that the justice system is in control of outlaws once they are handed over to serve their time in the penitentiary, that the public is safe after those cell doors slam shut, but au contraire. John Lee Brook delves into the little-known world of the real power behind the towering walls crowned with rolls of razor wire; the insider prison gangs, more specifically, the Aryan Brotherhood.
Once an inmate himself, Brook provides details not privy to the public, having experienced the pecking order set in place by the gangs who establish the rules of inmate etiquette; namely, inspire terror, command respect through violence, and you reign supreme. The author vividly explains how the most notorious gang, the Aryan Brotherhood, came into existence. To compete with the Black, Asian and Hispanic gangs scratching out their patch in the Pens, the Caucasian inmates quickly formed their own faction, adhering to white supremacist ideals. Armed with the knowledge of Machiavelli´s “The Prince”, a notorious Renaissance-era treatise that promoted a ruler had the right to use any means to maintain power, Dale Carnegie's book, “How to Make Friends and Influence People”, together with the firm conviction they belonged to a mystic warrior order, the organizers of the Brotherhood quickly seized control and is now one of the most feared prison gangs in the US Federal prison system, outsmarting the Feds, leaving the Mafia shaking in its boots.
Brook displays in his gripping exposé how their influence spreads far beyond the confinement of the state pens. Piecing together the formation of the Brotherhood, Brook weaves his account through vivid depictions of the trials of the gang's three head leaders: Thomas “Terrible Tom” Silverstein, Tyler “The Hulk” Bingham, and Barry “the Baron” Mills. From eye witness accounts, (including Brotherhood members), legal documents, trial and law enforcement reports, news articles, we learn how they enforce the respect they crave, to the point of cold-blooded murder, not to mention their illegal activities, the gun running, drug rings, the installation and management of their super methamphetamine labs, the tons of cash they rake in, the process is mind-boggling. In fact, the realization that this criminal element can conduct their “business” with effortless efficiency and rake in profits that rival any corporate magnet, would tempt any hard-working Joe to relinquish his day job and embrace the lucrative opportunities offered by the underworld!
While this is a work of non-fiction, it is not a mere rehash of documents. Brook reveals the machinations of this gang through the interaction of the various characters caught up in this drama between good and evil, namely, the various law enforcement agencies from the Federal marshals to the members of the jury, and the gang members plus their affiliates. The dialogues make for fascinating reading, one of my particular favourites is the introduction of Arturo Colano, a young Mexican genius, an orphan, who after fighting a life of poverty in the Mexican slums decides his main goal in life is to strike it rich, not with a flashy honest career anyone might normally aspire to. . He turns down MIT and many lucrative career offers to fulfil his single-minded obsession to manufacture crystal meth. His introduction to the Arian Brotherhood and their associated members, the Nazi Low Riders, is hilarious. As much as I am tempted to give this detail away, I'll resist the urge and simply advise you to get the book. There are other narrative elements just as fascinating, such as air trips via “Con-Air” with descriptions of its less than comfortable facilities, not to mention the Supermax prisons in which the ringleaders of the Brotherhood are incarcerated. You think “Hannibal the Cannibal´s” cell was a Hollywood exaggeration? Think again.
For all you history buff and fact-finding addicts, the book also contains a time line of the major events in the Brotherhood's nefarious history and a list of sources used. To top it off, for the danger-loving pen pal aficionado, the prison addresses for the three Top Dogs of the Brotherhood are made available. If you are intrigued by criminals and their organizations, this book is a “must have”....more
“Paradise is under the shadow of swords.” – Mohammed
Welcome to Mir'aj, a new world created by Val Gunn that rivals the classic settings of the 1001 Ni“Paradise is under the shadow of swords.” – Mohammed
Welcome to Mir'aj, a new world created by Val Gunn that rivals the classic settings of the 1001 Nights and the stories of Sindbad the Sailor, a paradise of kingdoms with Arabian styled palaces, courtyards with jasmine scented gardens, shrines with minarets, verdant vineyards, bubbling fountains, labyrinthine cities made wealthy by sea commerce and trade caravans that brave the blistering sands of the great desert blasted by the heat of twin suns and nights lit by the light of three moons.
It is a world they would kill for.
Hiril Altair, a soldier trained by the Four Banners, a warrior league with the mission to rid the land of demonic creatures and brigands, has been given a special mission: to deliver a set of secret manuscripts, the Books of Promise. In these manuscripts lies the power to destroy the world as the inhabitants of Mir'aj know it, and they must be taken to a safe place away from those who would use their secrets to rule the world. He never makes it, Altaȉr is slain at the door of the embassy that would have given him sanctuary, cut down by the most feared assassin of the land, Ciris Sarn—the Kingslayer.
Sarn, however, has a story of his own, and refuses to hand over the manuscripts to the power-hungry master who has him bound in a djinn-curse. In an act of defiance, he complies with his order to kill to the letter, but leaves the manuscripts where he found them, let his master come for them if he wants. By chance, the Books come into the possession of Marin, Hiril Altair's widow, a lady-warrior of the Four Banners. She makes it her mission to discover the truth about the manuscripts, who wants them and why, but most of all, to hunt down her husband's assassin, her thoughts bent on revenge.
That's not all, the master of Sarn has other schemes in operation and has enmeshed the Sultanate of Qatana in a web of conspiracies and black designs to achieve his ends to acquire ultimate power. Only one man is a threat to him, Pavanan Munif, leader of the Jassaj warrior spies in service to the Sultan of Qatana, and Munif must find some way to stop his enemy before his evil plans come into effect.
The tale weaves between these three characters, Sarn, Marin and Munif. Sarn desperately trying to break free from the curse that binds him to the Sultan and his cronies, Marin hunting for Sarn, and Munif's adventures as he tries to unravel the conspiracies set into motion by his enemy. It is a fast-paced novel, and while the story gets a little confusing with the different threads running through the narration, the amount of characters that are introduced and the few flashbacks, if you stick with it, you will find it a fascinating tale of deception, murder, mayhem, and the thirst for power. It is a refreshing change for anyone who needs a break from fantasy based on northern myths of elves, dragons and unicorns as this is set in an Arabic wonderland with efrits, demonic kayals, evil úathirs and strange alchemical spells.
Of course, as the author states from the beginning: this is not Lord of the Rings. It is not a book for the kiddies with it's graphic murders, a few expletive words, and frank mentions of the seedy side of life and human weakness. This is meant to be a gritty novel, and indeed, it reads like a chronicle of the Sultan's court in ancient Persia, lending it a sense of authenticity as if we were reading about long-lost Middle-eastern kingdoms here on earth as Emirs and Kings struggle of political dominance.
As you would expect of fantasy novels, the book comes with a map of Mir'aj, it is truly well done, and the introduction of magic words in Arabic script makes me wish I could read and understand Arabic!
This is the first of the Mir'aj chronicles, and it is obvious we have not heard the last of Sarn, Munif, Marin, or the Books of Promise—I can't wait....more
"The deerstalker cap and cape-backed over-coat. The pipe. The grace of gaslit Victoriana. The clop clop of carriage and cobblestone. The fog rolling i"The deerstalker cap and cape-backed over-coat. The pipe. The grace of gaslit Victoriana. The clop clop of carriage and cobblestone. The fog rolling in from England's imperial seas. Baker Street."
Thus do the first words of the Introduction recall to mind the setting of Doyle's famous tales of mystery, intrigue, and the triumph of deductive reasoning. Few remain unacquainted with Holmes and his singular adventures, unravelling this most baffling of crimes with the assistance of his trusty companion, Dr. Watson. We might dare to say that no one would argue the fact the words "detective" and "Sherlock Holmes" are practically synonymous. He had become so popular as a literary character he quickly overshadowed his creator during the two years the first adventures were published in the Strand Magazine beginning in 1891. When Doyle eventually "killed" him in 1893, London was thrown into a state of mourning -- men wore black arm bands, vehemently describing the author as a brute and an assassin! Eight years later, Doyle was finally persuaded to resurrect his character and he produced several additional adventures, including the classic "Hound of the Baskervilles".
This hardcover edition featuring gold scrolling on the red leather-like cover and spine is a regal treasure for library buffs who have made it their main aim in life to fill their shelves with eye-catching unabridged collections. Every adventure is included, and better yet, the stories are a facsimile print of the 1901-1905 edition printed in the Strand Magazine, complete with the original illustrations by Sidney Paget, who was hired by the Strand as the illustrator (by accident!) It is a treat to read these stories in the same format Doyle's followers read them at the turn of the last century. ...more
Discouraged and disillusioned, having to constantly make ends meet in a struggling parish, the author, a former pastor in northern California, is finaDiscouraged and disillusioned, having to constantly make ends meet in a struggling parish, the author, a former pastor in northern California, is finally overcome by the temptation to experience the lifestyle of the wealthy, eat the finest foods, drive the most luxuriant cars, have the best of everything. A wild plan was hatched to sell the rectory provided by the church, and then sell the church itself ala the great Brooklyn Bridge scams of the 19th-century. The crime was eventually uncovered when the bank grew suspicious of the unusual deposits. Consequently the author found himself stripped of everything, staring at four empty walls of a jail cell charged with ten felonies. Describing his thoughts as he entered a cell for the first time Radic writes:
"I have nothing left. No energy, no thoughts, no possessions, no food, no personal items, no cup to drink from. No job, no house, no car, no money, no one I love. No book to read, no paper to write on, no pencil. All I have is the orange clothing I wear, and it is not even mine."
The author recounts his journey through the jail system while awaiting his hearing. Thrown into this alien environment he must learn quickly how to survive. He must discover some way to get along with his fellow inmates and find out who not to "hang-out" with, particularly the violent "gangbangers" and sex offenders. The jail-house lingo, with bizarre codenames such as "dog", "Surenos", "OG's", "chomos", "firebug", becomes his new mode of communication. A code of "etiquette" must be observed. Jailhouse currency becomes tobacco, soup packs, and candy bars. The author leaves nothing to the imagination when describing his day-to-day experiences. When he finds himself associating "Jail" with "Home", he realises the time has come to get out of this situation, but how?
An opportunity is presented when a violent sex offender, Roy Gerald Smith, brags about one of his crimes, the murder of his latest victim. Smith also reveals his determination to 'take care of' (eliminate!) a certain co-worker who is a witness to the crime, fully confident no one in jail would break the sacrosanct "Code of Silence"--snitches are not tolerated, snitches do not last long in jail. Armed with all the vital information concerning Smith, our author is faced with a choice, should he remain silent and ride out the last few months in jail, or snitch to make a plea bargain for an early release? If he snitched, he could also prevent the murder of Smith's co-worker, yet risk his own life in the process.
This biography of jail-life delivers as promised, giving the reader a true taste of an inmate's experience: jail is not a pretty place. This a gut-wrenching, realistic account of the sights, sounds, smells and environs of a California jail, complete with the favourite expletives used by the prisoners. If you wish to learn what a few months of incarceration is like and the calibre of people you can expect to encounter, this book is an eye-opener to a facet of life that most of us should hope to never experience. ...more