Tier Talk Podcast: What are the signs of inmate manipulation?

Anthony Gangi and Gary Cornelius discuss what makes someone a target and what staff can do to avoid it

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Inmate manipulation is a growing threat to all correctional facilities. What are the signs? What can we do to avoid it? 

In our latest installment of Tier Talk, Anthony Gangi sits down with Gary Cornelius, author of the book Art of the Con, and discusses inmate manipulation. Listen in as they talk about the escape from upstate New York, what makes someone a target for manipulation, and what staff can do to avoid it.

About Gary Cornelius
Lt. Gary F. Cornelius retired in 2005 from the Fairfax County (VA) Office of the Sheriff, after serving over 27 years in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. His prior service in law enforcement included service in the United States Secret Service Uniformed Division. His jail career included assignments in confinement, work release, programs and classification.

He has been an adjunct faculty member of the Criminology, Law and Society Department at George Mason University since 1986, where he has taught four corrections courses: punishment and corrections, community corrections, jails and preparation for internship. He also teaches corrections in service sessions throughout Virginia, and has performed training and consulting for the American Correctional Association, the American Jail Association and the National Institute of Justice.

His latest book, The Correctional Officer: A Practical Guide: Second Edition was published in June 2010 by Carolina Academic Press. He has authored several other books in corrections, including The Art of the Con: Avoiding Offender Manipulation, Second Edition, (2009) from the American Correctional Association, and The American Jail: Cornerstone of Modern Corrections, (2008) from Pearson Prentice Hall.

Gary has received a Distinguished Alumnus Award in Social Science from his alma mater, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and an Instructor Appreciation Award from George Mason University. In January 2011, Gary started a blog “Tales from the Local Jail” on The Corrections Connection followed in January 2012 by his second blog, “Talks About Training” on Corrections1. Gary served on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Correctional Training Personnel (IACTP) representing local adult corrections. He has several correctional books in development.

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