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The Last Governor John W. Heffernan

The Last Governor

John W. Heffernan

Published August 6th 2012
ISBN : 9781742841373
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446 pages
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A revealing and candid behind the scenes look at life inside Australia’s largest prison system through the eyes of a former governor.It’s 1975- the New South Wales prison system is in a state of crisis, prisoners are rebelling against what would beMoreA revealing and candid behind the scenes look at life inside Australia’s largest prison system through the eyes of a former governor.It’s 1975- the New South Wales prison system is in a state of crisis, prisoners are rebelling against what would be later described by a Royal Commission as a regime of savagery and for some inexplicable reason John Heffernan decides to become part of it all by joining the Department of Corrective Services and train as a prison officer. After receiving the most basic training imaginable he is literally thrown a set of keys and set loose to guard some of the worst and most violent criminals in the state. This is a story where prison riots and prison officer strikes became almost an accepted norm, simply an everyday part of going to work. During the author’s watch he would witness corrupt police, dishonest officials and even a Minister of the Crown all spend considerable periods as a guest of Her Majesty.