"Perry Johnson has given a front row seat to the reader in discovering the history of world famous Jackson Prison. You will feel as if you were working there from the 1950's until the break-up of the massive facility. Beyond Perry's first-hand accounts, is a history of the prison which students of criminal justice will find invaluable. Countless stories of conflicts, projects, and accomplishments during Perry's tenure make this book a rich combination of a memoir and history of Jackson."
James A. Gondles Jr., CAE
Executive Director, American Correctional Association
“I have always known Perry Johnson to tell it “Like it is.” True to tradition, Perry tells it like it is and/or was in relating what he knows about the State Prison of Southern Michigan, commonly referred to as “Jackson.” He tells what he has learned from research, interviews, casual conversations and his own experiences. He has “lived” the prison as a counselor, assistant to the warden, deputy warden, warden, corrections department deputy director and director. I know of no one with as much knowledge of the prison as Perry and fortunately, with this writing he has shared that knowledge. Whether you think you know something about Jackson, or admit you are not familiar with it, you will find this book informative, exciting and entertaining. Enjoy it!
Former Director Michigan Department of Corrections
“I worked at Jackson Prison thirty years ago and would have thought that place could never be captured in words. But Perry Johnson has done it. He brings to life the people and events from inside those prison walls. Anyone who appreciates both meticulously researched history and tales ranging from the humorous to the macabre will be captivated by this account.”
Former Warden Michigan Reformatory and Warden of the Year in North America
Perry Johnson has skillfully crafted not only the life of the iconic Jackson Prison but also powerful insights into the evolution of corrections. His expert status, in-depth research and commitment to sharing this vital history have
produced a fascinating, in-depth account complete with intrigue, murder, political scandal and the power of integrity ultimately to prevail.
Sharon Johnson Rion
Former President and CEO TransCor
Johnson Rion’s 39-year career has included serving as administrator, warden and project director, responsible for the start-up of state prisons, local jails and prisoner transportation services in the U.S., Australia and England. She was first named president and CEO of TCA in 2000 and initially retired in 2003. She rejoined the company in the same position in January 2005.