And perhaps a little bit of magic. There are quite a few other Paul Gallico novels on my shelves, waiting to be read — including the next two in this series, Mrs. Harris, MP and Mrs. Harris Goes To Moscow , which Bloomsbury also publish and kindly sent me. I had no idea that there were any further adventures of Mrs Harris! I love her trip to Paris and was lucky enough to find a first edition — even if it is a beat-up ex-library copy. Now I need to track down New York and Moscow at least. There you go, plenty more to read! And easily available too, which isn't always true of the books I recommend….
The Mrs. Harris sequels are enjoyable in their own way, but I think that the original Flowers for Mrs Harris is so perfect from beginning to end. A little jewel. Kind of like Mrs Buncle's Book. The follow-ups merely amusing. I did find the original more gemlike than the first sequel, at least. But I'm surprised to hear Miss Buncle's Book compared… it seems a bit careless in comparison, to me. It has a lot to say about the way in which we choose to prioritise what is and isn't important. I did enjoy the two Mrs. Harris books I've read of which this was one but I think in retrospect they were saved from perfection by his moral homilies.
I don't mind a homily or two, but sometimes it was a bit near the line, I agree. But the flawed happy endings prevented them being too fairytalesque. Harris Goes to Paris may be sentimental, but unlike many 21st-century bestsellers, it is not just sentimental. It describes a woman who has spent a lifetime earning her right to dream. And Gallico is such a good storyteller, his book is made, like a couture dress, without a dropped stitch. Harris waggled her rear end more comfortably into the bench to enjoy a jolly good gossip. Harris here.
And other characters tend to view Mrs. Recommendation: Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris was written for adults, but it sweetness may appeal also to teenagers. If you like Mrs. Furthermore: Bloomsbury has reissued Mrs. Harris Goes to New York. It first appeared in the U. Harris and in the U. Angela Lansbury starred in a made-for-TV movie version , Mrs. Janice Harayda is an award-winning critic and former book editor of the Plain Dealer.
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When the crowd around him clears, I am shocked. The guy on the ground is probably about 25 years old. A couple of officers look down at the young man disdainfully, pull him off the ground, and take him away. Brick beat him with a lock in a sock. He was angry because the young man had stayed in Cypress for seven months, partly by his own choice.
He was supposed to come back to Brick. Did the young man stay in Cypress to escape Brick? Does he belong to Brick like a sex slave? Or would he say the relationship is consensual in the way a battered woman might say she stays with her husband because she loves him? Did he agree to exchange sex for protection?
Did he understand that once he crossed that bridge, there would be no going back? Once a punk, always a punk. Guards here do not turn a blind eye to overt rape, but the more subtle abuse of punks is accepted. Inmates and COs know a punk when they see one. He will do menial tasks when someone demands it. He is expected to keep his face clean-shaven at all times. He has to pee sitting down or by backing up to the urinal with his penis tucked between his legs.
He must shower facing the wall. At Winn, this includes teaching new cadets about the law. Even consensual sex could lead to time in seg. Nationwide, as many as 9 percent of male inmates report being sexually assaulted behind bars, but given the anti-snitch culture of prison, the real number might be higher. According to the Louisiana budget office, Winn reported sex offenses in the fiscal year, a rate 69 percent higher than that of Avoyelles Correctional Center, a publicly operated prison of comparable size and security level. Inmates like Brick rarely see themselves as gay and typically go back to pursuing women once they get out.
Self-identified gay or transgender prisoners are, however, often on the receiving end of abuse: Federal data shows that 39 percent of gay ex-prisoners reported being sexually assaulted by another inmate. But not all sex in prison is violent; many of the letters from male lovers I read in the mail room were full of tenderness and longing. Take, for example, this one from a man in Angola, written to one of the most flamboyant men at Winn:. You are the only same sex person in my life. So you have to never worry about anyone taking your place, not even a female…Sweetie, you are a good wife.
To truly understand you was my hardest goal but when I did our relationship got so good. An hour after the young man who was attacked went to the infirmary, he walks into Ash, his arms still bleeding. Now, he has no protection. A couple of well-muscled inmates stand at the bars and look at him lustfully, telling him to try to get placed on their tier. Inmates have complained to me about this sort of thing; even people who have stabbed each other are sometimes put back in the same dorm.
I open the gate and watch him walk down the tier. Minutes later, he asks me to let him out. He talks to Miss Price, telling her that he is in danger. Maybe they think he snitched on Brick to get away from him. When I open the door, a large, bearded man inside pushes him back out onto the floor. The young man has two options: Go back on the tier or go to the count room, where they will assign him to another unit.
He thinks they are going to put him in protective custody. Consider the options swirling in his mind: He could go back to his tier, where a man twice his size has made it very clear he is not welcome. There, he would risk nights as a punk without a protector.
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He might get robbed. He might get raped. He might get stabbed. Then there is the alternative, the only one that Winn, like many other prisons, offers to inmates like this: the protective custody wing in Cypress. He would be put in a cell, maybe alone, maybe with another man, for 23 hours a day. He would be branded a snitch just for going there, which means that when he eventually left, the odds of getting stabbed would be high.
He storms past me, back to the key. Real talk. During our training, Kenny warned us how easy it was to be manipulated into sex by inmates. A federal institution. This story came up several times as an example of a guard who had to face the consequences of his weak will. Nothing was ever said about the inmate who gave Roberts blow jobs.
She had identified as a girl from age Her father beat her repeatedly, and by the time she turned 13 she had left home and begun stripping on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. During her first year, she was serving a stint in seg for a dirty urine test when, she later testified, Roberts shackled her, brought her to an office, and told her to give him a blow job. Over the next two years, China said, she was raped several times by inmates, but she kept it to herself. There, an officer ordered her to take another urine test by peeing in a cup while standing. After a long standoff, Roberts showed up and told her she could sit on the toilet.
The other guards left. As she peed, Roberts entered the bathroom and closed the door behind him. Roberts slapped her in the face. She dropped to her knees and did what he asked. She held the semen in her mouth and spit it out onto her shirt. An agent came to the prison, took the shirt, and interviewed Roberts. She was released from prison 11 months later. Roberts also denied her allegations when the FBI interviewed him, but the bureau found that the semen on her shirt was his.
I have not been able to track down China. Roberts served his sentence and was released in Nearly half of all allegations of sexual victimization in prisons involve staff. In the BJS survey , CCA prisons reported a rate of substantiated staff-on-inmate sexual assault similar to that of public facilities. Another federal report found that former inmates of private state prisons are twice as likely to report being sexually victimized by staff members as inmates who were in public prisons.
Prisoners also sexually harass and abuse officers. A recurring issue is inmates standing at the bars and masturbating at women guards sitting in the key. I regularly see the macho culture of prison transcend the division between guards and inmates—male officers routinely ignore the harassment of their female colleagues. Man, you was down here every day shaking your stuff! Not long afterward, the inmate was released, and he sent a letter to the prison, telling them to look at the surveillance footage from that night. CCA fired the guard for sleeping on the job and for leaving the tier door open, Kenny recalled.
He gone home. He got her for us. It worked out on both ends. They are frustrated because no one is doing it. Why should the guards put themselves on the line? You guys ever heard that term? We want them institutionalized , not individualized. Is that sort of a mind game? But you know what? We do not want them to feel as though they are individuals.
We want them, for lack of a better term, to feel like a herd of cattle. Parker says the DOC wardens have been pestering him.
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Parker, to be strong enough to take clothing away from an inmate? Are they that scared, Mr. His tone softens. After the meeting, everyone moves slowly down the walk. They need to tighten up on the tier doors, re-man the towers, and reinstitute the inmate work out in the field and the inmate programs, and give these fools something to do besides sit in their beds, eat, watch TV, and figure out how to fuck with us. Today, the supervisor tells Edison to join Bacle and me in Ash. Having a new guard come to Ash is like having a visitor to our twisted household.
The question makes me nervous. You get your ass on the bunk. You get stupid, you get beat down. You get big and stupid, you get gassed and beat down. Either way, you learn your fucking place. Edison has been here for a year and a half. He is an Army Rangers veteran and was once a small-town police chief. When I went to work, I went to war. When I got off, I still went to war. I carried two clips on me regardless of what I was wearing. I carried at least my Glock 40 underneath my arm, and usually I had a Glock.
Go ahead, play with me. We walk the floor. He stops. We stop. I see rapists. I see robbers.
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Twenty-five years, federal mandatory. Getting busted with a joint near a school will typically land you about six years , not I unlock the door of B1 tier and Edison walks in. An inmate is standing at the sink, brushing his teeth. The inmate keeps his back turned to Edison. The inmate walks out, still brushing his teeth. Be dumb! I walk down the tier and do count. When we leave the tier everyone comes up to the bars and yells at Edison. The captain and a sergeant enter the unit.
The captain tells Edison to step aside so he can talk to the inmates and try to ease the tension. That pacifies. The sergeant, whose name is King, pulls me aside. As a kid, he spent time in juvenile hall. Like Edison, he is an Army vet, and he credits the military for correcting his delinquent ways.
After 22 years in the service, he got a job in a juvenile correctional facility in Texas. One day, he told a boy to get off the basketball court and the kid grabbed his throat and tried to strangle him. Sixteen years old, 6 foot 3.
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