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Con Game: The Truth About Canada's Prisons Paperback – Mar 25 2003


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (March 25 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 077103962X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771039621
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Kelley Kelly on Dec 18 2013
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Exactly what I expected!! Lived up to what I was looking for in a book about the prison system in Canada
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By Robert L. Mathieson on Sept. 6 2011
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Interesting read, a little outdated and biased to the ontario region prisons. The author also makes some strong assumptions about the CSC as a whole and those working for the service.
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 17 2003
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This book if full of facts and information on Canadian Prisons!!!
It's a good buy for anyone interested in the justice field!
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Con Game Dec 31 2010
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This book was excellent. Harris went through the history of prisons as an institution and within Canada. Most of this book is focused on the changes to the Federal prison system from the late 1980s to the late 1990s under a Danish-born civil servant, Ole Instrup.
Instrup was appointed head of the Correction Services of Canada, and he began to implement a series of changes that resulted in fewer prisoners in jails and more on statutory release in the community. Harris details a number of cases where violent criminals, who have shown no reform or remorse, are released into the community to rape, rob, and murder.
He also instituted changes to the system that give prisoners so many privileges as rights. These changes take the control of the prison out of the hands of the guards and warden and into the hands of the prisoners. This has left the corrections officers demoralized and placed in needlessly dangerous situations.
Harris gives a quote from one convicted murderer that he interviewed:
"If you wnat to run an effective prison system, he haid you have to have enough force to keep dangerous inmates under control. Or, as he told one newspaper reporter, 'When you have people running around doing triple-life sentences and addicted to heroin, you can't have a woman stand behind a barrier and say, 'please stop that.' you have to have some type of mechanism to control people. That's why they are in prison.'"

This was a very engaging read, though some of the examples are going on 10 years old. I would recommend this to anyone in Canada or in a country that looks to Canadian prisons as a model for their own.
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Great Book! Oct. 17 2003
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Format: Hardcover
This book if full of facts and information on Canadian Prisons!!!
It's a good buy for anyone interested in the justice field!

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