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Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Release Date   Oct 1, 2009
Publisher   GIG
UPC  852423002655  

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Faith Amongst The Turmoil  Feb 25, 2006
I personally found this book incredibly interesting. I work in the Ohio prison system and the insight to a riot this book provides should be required reading for all who work in this profession. Mr. Dotson's strength of character and faith enabled him to not only survive this ordeal, but provide a role model to the other hostages. The book is somewhat critical of the Central Office response to the riot, and at times deservedly so, although I should add that being with the department I have seen first hand the growth and improvement from this terrible event. I would wholeheartedly endorse this book.
Anyone who has witnessed the black rubber body bags, the gurneys carrying the wounded, and the Hostage Response Team escorting the huddled shadows traumatized Correctional Officers rescued from the hell of a prison riot-hostage situation can truly relate to the gut-wrenching mantra of correctional employment: We put our lives on the line one minute at a time!

There is no normal tour of duty - a breech of security, a failure to report a minor physical plant or infrastructure problem (broken window); understaffing of dormitories and key security posts; malfunctioning surveillance camera or information technology flaws, (missing or altered name tags); or perhaps something innocuous that "just doesn't seem right" - don't shrug it off! Keep an awareness of subtle shifts in inmate attitudes and signals of discontent, signs of gang warfare; institutional racial tension, odd or overt familiarity between staff and inmates - the night has a thousand eyes. Here is the rare opportunity for you to witness all of the above through a dedicated reading of the chilling and awesome account of the eleven day saga of Correctional Officer hostage, Larry Dotson at the maximum-security Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF), Lucasville, Ohio in April 1993.

Officer Dotson's friend and fellow Officer, Gary Williams, has written a detailed and compelling account of eleven days in hell as a Correctional Officer hostage at Lucasville. It has taken ten years to achieve an authentic revisiting of this "nightmare" of all correctional personnel, as Williams's details: After eleven days of brutal captivity, two weeks of hospitalization, months of physical healing and therapy, seventeen post-riot trials, two strokes, a lay-off, and transfer to another agency, Larry Dotson is ready - ready to tell the story that has yet to be told, and ready to take the next step in the healing process.

This book belongs in every correctional training program in the United States; and, it is a must for the personal library of every Correctional Officer in our local, state, federal prison and jail systems. The book encompasses fourteen chapters in revealing the anatomy of a prison riot and the hellish experience of the hostages, their families, brother and sister officers, staff, supervisor, wardens and the administrators of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

In a crisis situation it is not the answers people seek but the questions they ask that are important. Nothing is spared in this reporting of Correctional Officer Dotson's incredible hostage-account of the Lucasville riot. Utilizing a set of key questions, the author exposes the concentric circles of responsibility held by politicians, press and media, Correctional Officers/Staff, and inmates; and, specifically, the administrative responsibility of state officials and agencies involved in the Lucasville riot.


The riot at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility that began on April 11, 1993 raises several perennial questions:
1) Could the nation's longest, and third deadliest prison riot, have been prevented?
2) Were there warning signs?
3) Did Correction Department (DRC) do anything that increased the likelihood of the riot?
4) Did prison administrators and other SOCF staff know there was impending danger of an inmate uprising?
5) Did SOCF prison administrators make the appropriate notifications and make the necessary requests?
6) Did those who were entrusted with the authority to act on those requests fail to do so?
7) Did lower level personnel take the political, economic, and career "hit" for higher level administrators?

Guiding the reader into the specific content of this 168 page book are specific case-law citations, photographs, and a valuable set of "endnotes and citations" relevant to the SOFC Lucasville prison riot. As time reveals and heals situations of dire agony, trauma, and loss, it is imperative that the facts of this tragic riot not be buried in the bureaucrat morass of past events. They must remain transparent and be converted into proactive measures to protect the safety of both staff and inmates.

Correctional Officers can understand simple fairness and reasonableness better than most people. They must work in a highly distilled environment where such factors are crucial to safety and cooperation. Correctional Officers can also understand the need to build structure to ensure justice. Measuring the inmate's progress by their lawful behavior is as plausible to correctional officers as is measuring their own work program and upward mobility.

It is less than obvious that Correctional Officers and staff operate behind the walls and are, essentially, out of sight and out of mind. Their problems and concerns are rarely a matter of public interest. Correctional Officers environment health, safety, and working conditions demand full time attention. Unfortunately, their working conditions are often viewed with the same disinterest as the inmates they supervise.

There is no difference in what is good for the inmates and what is good for officers: a clean and safe correctional facility at all times. As Gary Williams and Larry Dotson have so ardently shared with us this is what is needed to prevent the horror of hostages and riots in correctional facilities everywhere. Jess Maghan, Chester, Ct. March 2005

A Must Read Book for all Practitioners!  Jul 17, 2004
As a practitioner in the field of criminal justice and a Correction Supervisor at the oldest operational prison west of the Mississippi, the Missouri State Penitentiary, I found this book to be extremely beneficial and educational in understanding the dynamics in both hostage and riot situations. As correctional professionals, we are faced with this dilemma every time we pass through the gates of hell into the community environment of convicted felons.

Both Gary and Larry did an outstanding job in illustrating the trauma and horror one sustains in a crisis situation of this nature. However, more information on the aftermath and trials would have been beneficial for future research.

If either Gary or Larry reads this review, please email me so I can obtain further knowledge on this subject.

A disappointing and incomplete effort  Mar 29, 2004
I was really looking forward to this book as nothing else has been published to date on this important event. I was very disappointed. It was poorly edited; there were a number of typos and punctuation errors.
It was not a balanced account at all. For an event of this magnitude to have occurred there had to have been a number of complicated causal factors. The author took an overly simplistic view. I am not sympathizing with the rioters by any stretch but the cause was more complicated than the author addressed.
I would have been interested to learn more about what actually transpired in the negotiations which led to a resolution without more bloodshed. I would also have liked to know more of what happened to the key players (hostages, staff, administration, participating inmates, non-participating inmates, etc.) afterward. There have been a number of criminal and civil court cases which should have been addressed in more detail.
Little was done to address what can be learned from those events. That should be a key goal of books of this nature.
Siege in Lucasville  Feb 22, 2004
Recommended for all correctional professional as this could happen to any one of us. I would have liked greater detail particularly in reference to what happened to Officer Demon who went over to the other side and the subsequent trials of those who were active participants in the riot.

I liked the fact that Larry named staff and their various roles before and during the riot. Again though, no followup on what has happened to them after the riot.

If you work in the field of corrections or the greater law enforcement field, this book is a must read and should be part of all entry level correctional programs throughout the country.

Larry or Gary, if you read this, please email me as I would like to speak with you further as I work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in PA. Very good book and thank you Larry for letting us learn from your personal drama!


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