II-"The Convicted: Holding Down The Fort" - John S. Long - Arizona Daily Star

II-"The Convicted: Holding Down The Fort" - John S. Long - Arizona Daily Star

by: John S Long | publication date: August 8, 1982 | Publication: The Convicted (supplement to the Arizona Daily Star) | pages: 36-43

Peggy and I headed down a palm-lined Tahitian road to the tiny Moorea airport. It was Saturday, June 20, and we were ending our honeymoon in paradise. On the flight from Papeete to Los Angeles, we drank French beer, ate smoked salmon and watched a Francois Truffaut Movie. I awoke abruptly from my reverie the next day. Nervous. I moved about strangely in a starched khaki uniform I had never worn before. I was leaving Tucson for a two-week newspaper assignment as a guard at the state prison at Fort Grant.  

Long posed as a corrections officer at Fort Grant Correctional and Training Center for two weeks directly following his honeymoon in Tahiti. At Fort Grant he dealt with all types of inmates, from gang members to rapists and murderers.

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