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Sergeant Barry Evert launches survival site

July 30th, 2009

trial bay gaolThis week Sergeant Barry Evert, veteran practitioner and author, launches his new site on Evert fans can now get a regular dose of his survival tips, gang information, and industry tactics.  His content will also be distributed on the homepage, inside the weekly ezine [to 66,000] and through the Google partner feed at

This September, you will also be able to purchase his new book Scars & Bars, a survival guide for correctional officers and their families [pictured here].  The book will be available as an ebook, so there is no waiting for it to arrive and it’s convenient and mobile. If you’re itching to get a copy or want to find out more, leave a comment below.  We also welcome any ideas for articles and tips.  And don’t forget to sign up for the RSS feeds so you can see when new postings arrive. is the leading online community for Corrections, ranked #1 in Google and Yahoo.  We would like to welcome Barry to the family.


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  1. C/O 69773
    September 9th, 2009 at 15:29 | #1

    Barry, congratulations and thank’s for taking the time and effort to write a comprehensive book about life inside and all so outside the walls of corrections. Knowing how much value you place on this career, I know it will be a great resource! I look forward to the read!

  2. Shannon
    September 30th, 2009 at 16:14 | #2

    I read your artical”Crawling into the bottle”, which was great. My family has been through hell. Let me start by saying my husband was in the department for 9 years and which he became a alcoholic after a year and a half. It started with a lieutenant issue, which nothing was done but took a toll on him. He was known as a outstanding officer by both staff and inmates. The department knew for years of his alcoholic problem, he never went to work drinking, he would take time off and money was deducted each time. I would say they knew definitely 6 years. I tried everything to get help, the insurance didn’t pay for inpatient care. I even got police involved so that the department had to look into his problem. The EAP was no help. Finally they terminated him, We contacted a ccpoa attorney, which gave him his job back but no mandatory rehabilitation program. They had him sign a document that if he drinks again he is indefinite terminated and cannot sue,
    Everyone knew his business even on different shifts, they all knew and only spoke when terminated. They knew he would drink again without a in house program, anyone knows that ask the D.A.R.S director. He was back a month and drank again.
    What really makes me upset is that I received a phone call from my boss that a man was at my house looking for my husband he was from the attorney generals office. Long story short they needed him to testify due to an inmate suing the state. Was anyone looking for him when he missed work? asking questions, trying to get him help, NO!!! Oh but when its good for the department, they are there. The Department has D.A.R.S program for inmates but where is the help for the employees???? My husband is not the only one in the department, that is an alcoholic. They also added in 2007 Rehabilitation to the CDC,They believe in rehabilitation and alcohol and addiction recovery for criminals, even lifers? But not for there own employees. If you can answer this question,please do so.

    Shannon V

  3. October 1st, 2009 at 01:37 | #3

    Shannon, I have answered your question in a private email. I wish you and your husband the best, and will pray for the best for both of you.

  4. Mandy
    October 12th, 2009 at 09:07 | #4

    Where can I obtain a copy of this book? Would love to start reading it before I start the academy.

  5. October 12th, 2009 at 09:49 | #5


    The book should be available soon on this site! Visit this page often over the next few weeks and look for the anouncement! Good luck at the academy!

  6. February 12th, 2010 at 15:06 | #6

    I received my undergraduate degree in sociology from Drake University on Mother’s Day 2000 and my Master of Science in Education, Certified Rehabilitation Counseling degree from Drake University on May 16, 2009. “Forty years almost to the day of being released from prison on May 22, 1969.” I was the first woman allowed to participate in Iowa’s work-release program in the 1960s, gained my freedom in 1969, restoration of citizenship in 1974 and an executive pardon in 1982.

    With the declining economy, Iowa’s governor first cut Iowa Department of Corrections staff by 770 in October, then an across the state 10% cut with more cuts promised in the next budget, I took on-line grant writing and nonprofit classes last year after I received my graduate degree from Drake University and attended an eight week class about starting a company. I put together the Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws for Assessing Disability Barriers (ADB), found four wonderful people who wanted to be on the Board of Directors and filed the nonprofit status with the Iowa Secretary of State on February 4, 2010. ADB clients are women in corrections with disabilities.

    Assessing Disability Barriers evaluates the client’s external and internalized barriers to a successful re-entry, helps clients write their Plan to Achieve Self-Support; helps clients reframe their world view to be consistent with the laws and rules of society, provides alternatives to immediate gratification thinking and behaviors; and provides referrals for their personal, disability (task modifications, assistive technologies and/or worksite accommodations; personal assistance; hardscape and environmental conditions), chemical dependency, financial, academic, employment, social, and family needs.

    Using my own experience from a holistic perspective, I identity many aspects that may be missed by other counselors, especially the internalized barriers caused by incarceration. This includes person-centered, social-cognitive-behavioral therapy with a focus on the interdependence of race, socioeconomic status, current political and social stance about offenders, and the client’s coping mechanisms, skills sets and interests.

    According to Lettie Prell, Director of Research, Iowa Department of Corrections, almost 60% of the Iowa female clients had a diagnosis of mental illness with nearly 48% having a diagnosis of seriously mentally ill at the end of 2008 . She recently informed me that the recidivism rate for women is 13.0% statewide, but the recidivism rate for women with chronic mental health issues is 29.9%.

    These statistics do not address other physical, cognitive, learning, chemical dependency, social, family and internalized issues for these women. Housing, transportation, food and clothing are all necessary, but if the person’s disability symptoms negate positive job seeking and retention, they will not be successful.

    I published my autobiographical novel, Proclivity, in 2007 to help girls & women who were abused as children, especially by incest. Readers tell me that either they cannot put it down or they must lay it aside to grieve for me and them, but they always have tears in their eyes when they thank me for writing it because they were able to heal from things they never wanted to look at. I am now using my forty years experience in reentry to write The Steel Ceiling and give hope to those who identify with me.

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