IV-"Behind Prison Bars" - Tim Findley - San Francisco Chronicle

IV-"Behind Prison Bars" - Tim Findley - San Francisco Chronicle

The Soledad 'Games'

by: Tim Findley | publication date: February 25, 1971 | Publication: San Francisco Chronicle | pages: 1

". . .Like any other man in almost any other place, what an inmate needs to know most at Soledad is what is expected of him. The same goes for a prison staff, themselves part-time prisoners in the sketchy science of penology. 'When I first started on this job,' said a 10-year veteran correctional officer, 'we had a lot more contact with the inmate. Sure, our job was primarily custody, but it was also getting to know these men and their problems. Now, that's the counselor's job. I hate to even use the word, but I'm becoming more of a 'guard' than I was ten years ago' . . ."

In the fourth installment of the "Behind Prison Bars" series, Findley reports about the complicated interrelationship between the correctional officers, inmate counselors and the inmates themselves. It features interviews with members of each group, as they address their role in prison life, what is expected of them and how these expectations have changed over time.

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