The Big House

The Big House

by James (Jim) H. Bruton, Jim Bruton


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The warden tells all! "The Big House" is a frightening insiders look at life in a world-famous, maximum-security prison and the first to be told from the wardens perspective. Let Warden James H. Bruton lead you beyond the massive coils of razor ribbon and into the cell blocks of some of Americas most dangerous prisoners. Experience the shocking reality of working everyday with murderers, robbers, rapists, and thieves. Meet the inmates who have killed or maimed and who would take human life in a heartbeat. Who are they, and what are they all about? Walk inside with the Warden to this world of unimaginable ferocity and numbing reality. Experience in graphic detail the grim and sinister realities of prison existence as you come face-to-face with child molesters, predators, drug smugglers, and gang members. Learn the management techniques of controlling the most violent and difficult-to-manage offenders as well as why the staffs approach to treating inmates has made Oak Park Heights supermax prison one of the safest and most secure prisons in existence. About the Author: Jim Bruton was the warden at Oak Park Heights for five years, from 1996-2001. He worked in correctional facilities for 14 years and has 35 years of experience in the field of corrections. He is an adjunct faculty member in Criminal Justice/Sociology at five Twin Cities colleges/universities.

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ISBN-13: 9780896580398
Publisher: Voyageur Press
Publication date: 06/28/2004
Edition description: REV
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Jim Bruton spent 35 years in the field of corrections and retired as the warden of Minnesota's maximum-security prison in Oak Park Heights. A member of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers football team from 1965 to 1966, Bruton is the author of several books, including The Big House, A Tradition of Purple, Gopher Glory, and We Love Our Twins. He is also the co-author of Lou Nanne's A Passion to Win and Frank Tarkenton's Every Day Is Game Day. He lives in White Bear Lake, MN.

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Corrections Compendium, July/August 2005 (circ.: 8,000) “This book should be on the bookshelf of every training center.”

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The Big House: Life Inside a Supermax Security Prison 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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This is a great book from the wardens view of one of the most secure prison in the world. It gives you a look at what life is like inside the super max prison known as Oak Park Heights and the only one thats built into the side of a hill. A must read for anyone in Minnesota or anyone interested in prison life. A++++++++