Essay about Behind Convict's Eyes by Cerceral Prison

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"Behind a Convict's Eyes" by K.C. Cerceral


Introduction

This paper is about the book 'Behind a Convict's Eyes' by K.C. Cerceral. This book was written by a young man who enters prison on a life sentence and describes the world around him. Life in prison is a subculture of its own, this subculture has its own society, language and cast system. The book describes incidents that have happen in prison to inmates. With this paper I will attempt to explain the way of life in a prison from an inmate's view.

Understanding Prison Life
After reading the book I have gained a new understanding of what inmates think about in prison. Working in an institution, I have a certain cynical attitude at times with inmates and their requests.
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They would try to outsmart the officers to their advantage. This was a way to adapt to difficult correction officers. One other adaptation is to have associates not friends. This is for mostly self-preservation in the prison. There is a code of convicts which states ?...do no favors and request none? (Carceral, 2004, pp. 122). Adhere to the code is expected of most long term prisoners.
In the Voices from the Field, most inmates are short term inmates. These inmates have very short sentences and tend not to become prison zed because they are released very soon after incarceration. Their adaptation is to get in, do the time and get out. Of course the book points about that these are normally first time inmates and the biggest adaptation was those that they survive and protect themselves. In this adaptation inmates try to make a ?survival niche? (Schmid & Jones, 2001, pp. 187) which they rarely achieve before leaving, One of the biggest was the tactics was their perceived outlook towards the outside world.

Respect, Hope and Safety
Everyone wants respect and inmates look for respect. A lot of the complaints I have seen from inmates is that the officers disrespected them. They feel that the officer does not need to yell, ?get in their face?, and do complete strip searches all the time. IF inmates are treated with a little respect it goes a long way in an inmate being either a ?model or a disruptive? prisoner. It also helps in the…

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