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The Art of the Con: Avoiding Offender Manipulation, 2nd Edition

American Correctional Association

The Art of Con: Avoiding Offender Manipulation, 2nd Edition. Author, Gary Cornelius. American Correctional Association. 207 pages

One of the best ways to make sure a jail or prison is operating safely and protecting its staff, offenders and the public is to train staff on inmate manipulation. Because many officers and staff believe they are too smart to be tricked by an offender, realizing that the possibility exists is the first step in avoiding manipulation. This book provides the corrections professional with a better understanding of offenders and their characteristics, behavior and culture. It shows how staff and volunteers can maintain authority and control by resisting manipulation. Cornelius divides the text into seven chapters and has included information on the Prison Rape Elimination Act, with discussions of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct added to this edition. He also includes true examples of offender manipulation and its consequences. The concepts in this book apply to anyone in the field, and show how manipulation can occur in prisons, jails or community supervision. Appendices are included to help with staff training.
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