Corrections Module 6 Assignment 11-16-17.docx

Question 4 conover has undergone some philosophical

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Question 4: Conover has undergone some philosophical and emotional changes during his employment at Sing-Sing. Briefly describe what you think those are, and more specifically what impact his relationship with Mama Cradle and Inmate Larson may have had on his perspective of inmate management. I have said this before Conover is a little dramatic when he explains thing and the one thing that really stuck out to me was him describing Mama Cradle especially with the animalistic view of what he thought of her and the way he compared his skinny wife to her and a level of sexual attraction he had. That was weird that paragraph where he described her. It was almost like they are now friends on the outside and its okay for him so talk like that about her. I think Mama Cradle showed him that you can do a great job and still have control over the inmates like she did. I also thought it was interesting how he didn’t see the warning signs that she was burning out at first. I think he gained from Cradle a view of how the job should be down that went along with his impression of what the job should be and how it should be done. I think deep down he wanted to be like Cradle if he was going to continue in this field. I think he may have also thought being like her would carry him through to the end. Inmate Larson was interesting, I feel
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like that was Conover’s new friend he created while on the job. I think the talks that Conover had with Larson gave Conover an inmate perspective of what was going on in the prison and the world that he may not have normally had. Conover was educated and so was Larson which I think is what drew them to each other and at the end Conover says he is going write a letter to Larson explaining the situation. This type of relationship in my eyes should have gotten Larson transferred. I think that Larson humanized inmates to Conover much more than he ever had previously before those interactions. I think Conover had a lot of turning points in his process. He started to sympathize with some inmates more than he should have in my opinion. He also got firmer with a lot of other inmates to the point that he wouldn’t be walked all over. Another thing that Conover did that was surprising to me was he asked to be in a unit permanently that he did not like that well. I wonder if why he truly did that. I also think from how the story is told Conover really learns how valuable the fellow officers were as well at the beginning he hated a few of them but he learned when that call goes out you know what team you are on even if you are an inmate lover in some instances. I think that Conover really asked for respect is weird situations he was kind of hard on the inmate workers but kind of lax on GP. I think when Conover started he would not have given a crap about how many waffles or packets of sugar an inmate got. But over time Conover really figured out the need for being in control of a facility that you are severely out numbered.
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  • Fall '16
  • Vera Pool
  • Sex offender, inmates, Correctional Facility, Conover

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