In prison throughout the U.S., inmates and prison guards are locked in perpetual, bitter games (i.e. schemes and plots) against each other: games inmates play against prison guards; games prison guards play against inmates; games inmates play against other inmates; and games inmates play to con people of the outside world, i.e., society. Some of these games are so hilarious you’ll laugh every time you remember them; some are sad; while some are just Pathetic; and some are deadly you’ll freak out! The House of Cons, abrasive, honest and funny, is an insider’s account of the games played behind the barbed wire. Shocking and darkly humorous… with lyrical pros and biting wit, The House of Cons reveals the devastating impact of the newly graduated students (otherwise known as “ex-cons”) from the criminology schools (otherwise misnomer as “correctional institutions)”.
The House of Cons is an unsparing and very funny chronicle that will remain on the short list of books essential to understanding America’s prisons.
Here are the nation’s prisons as they look from the inside—waste, folly and sheer silliness included.