Anatomy of a Setup
COM/220 – RESEARCH WRITING
I. Ideals to be mindful of when working within a prison
Keep in mind who you work with and around
1. Know yourself and understand how you respond to external stimuli 2. Know the enemy and how they respond to your words and actions II. Understanding the type of prey criminals look for and why A.
What makes you a target and interesting to criminals?
1. How do you properly respond when interacting with criminals? 2. Factors to be mindful of when interacting with criminals
3. Important terminology you need to know
III. Process of manipulation
Sequential steps taken by criminals toward manipulation
1. How do the steps to manipulation affect you?
2. How do you respond to criminal pressure?
IV. Complacency can lead to more than just manipulation
Protect your job and possibly your life, tell on yourself 1. Don’t show weakness or vulnerability when interacting with criminals 2. Retain authority throughout the interaction
In order to increase self-awareness and personal protection within a prison environment there are several things one must keep in mind. The tools necessary to combat these individuals are not readily available nor made out of steel. You must use common sense and a keen eye being extra diligent about your surroundings at all times. Before deciding to subject yourself to this onslaught of negativity within the walls of a prison, you must understand not only the enemy but also yourself.
Within this bubble no one is exempt from a criminals focus. No matter how smart you think you are or how many years of experience you have; even the best, most prepared, have lost their jobs and lives to the criminals games and manipulation. A criminal has 24 hours a day to contemplate how to hurt, scheme, or violate their victims. Criminals utilize an arsenal of tools to get what they want and don’t mind hurting anyone as a means to that end. The intent of this essay is to provide the reader with a window into the world of the criminal. This is an opportunity get a glimpse into that which has been considered taboo and unspoken. This is an examination of illicit behaviors and controlling techniques created to systematically threaten the fundamental values of all those they come into contact with.
Once you walk through the front entrance and beyond the electrified fence; you will have just passed through one of only two ways you will exit this facility at the end of the day on your feet. You will of course receive specialized training before being expected to walk the inner perimeter but all the training in the world will not prepare you for what you are to experience inside. As you proceed to your working area you can’t help but see the hundreds of blue and orange CDCR stenciled jumpsuits, some only an arm’s length away from you at times. Contrary to your popular TV show very few are locked up for 23 hours of the day, even fewer walk around in chains and handcuffs. You try to look inconspicuous but it just makes you more noticeable. All will recognize your presence as the stench of fear puddles on your skin. It’s not a matter of when, where, or how, the probability of getting injured or killed is very real and it’s this reality that should chill you to the bone. You find yourself having difficulty looking in the direction of the inmates as they undress you with their eyes. No matter men or woman, we all are prey within these walls.
You are the chosen one who will receive the most attention for a while as several attempts are made to test your vulnerabilities. You can expect all inmates to attempt to find commonalities with you about topics to engage you on a daily basis. There will be a pervasive attempt to create some sense of trust as if you are the only person that can solve the daily issues. You can expect that anything you say will be twisted and taken well out of context in a manner to cause...
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