"Guarding Sing Sing" - Ted Conover - The New Yorker

A Firsthand Account of theDysfunctional Relationship Between Guards and Inmates

"The cellblock is locked down and we are looking for knife cuts. The Latin Kings have been attacking the Bloods, and vice-versa. Not en masse - just stealth encounters, stabbings without warning. One incident provokes the next. The lockdowns are in their third day, but each time we let the inmates out, another one of them gets attacked. . . . "

Description:Excerpted from Ted Conover's "Newjack," recounting his experiences working as a corrections officer at Sing-Sing.

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