The Invisible Walls of Dannemora

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Inside the Infamous Clinton Correctional Facility

Michael H. Blaine

The infamous Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, in 2015 became the site of one of the most famous prison breaks in modern American history. But the conditions that made possible the notorious escape and the massive manhunt that ensued had festered for many years.

Having earned the nickname of “Little Siberia”, the brutal winters contributed to the already depressing façade of the facility. During the long, dark hours, the wind howled outside and sounded like ghosts haunting the halls of the prison.

Dannemora had a proud past. Every employee chose to work there and there was always a transfer list of staff waiting to work there. It was a hard prison for hard criminals. Having housed the likes of mobster Charlie “Lucky” Luciano, “Son of Sam” David Berkowitz, Rappers Tupac Shakur and Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and countless other infamous criminals, the staff at the Clinton Correctional Facility knew how to handle even the toughest of men.

Like most prisons, Clinton was a place of routine. Each day was very much like day before. It was a big, clunking machine that simply ran each day unless someone in the administration used poor judgement and tried to implement an unsafe change in policy or targeted the wrong staff member.

The author, Michael H. Blaine spent a career at the Clinton Correctional Facility. Having been an Officer, Sergeant, and Lieutenant, his story reveals the changes he observed and what he experienced at each rank he earned. Refusing to compromise his principles and sickened by the downward spiral that Clinton was experiencing, he retired less than 10 1/2 months before the first successful escape at Dannemora happened on June 6, 2015.

This new book reveals the inner workings of this massive prison. It is the first look inside at what it was like to work at the Clinton Correctional Facility, and its effects on those who spent time there on both sides of the bars, revealing why nobody escapes The Invisible Walls of Dannemora.

4 reviews for The Invisible Walls of Dannemora

  1. J.D.

    Exceptionally captivating…”The Invisible Walls of Dannemora” is packed with real life situations, most of us may consider unthinkable. Readers will appreciate the honesty of the story and what’s going on behind those big walls and heavy steel bars.

    Only the courageous, honest and someone with unquestionable integrity can get the facts straight. This is something everyone should look forward to.
    –Dr. Charmaine G. Abergas

  2. J.D.

    This book captivated me from beginning to end; I simply couldn’t put it down. It provides great insight into both the life of a Corrections Officer and that of an inmate. In reading the stories, I felt as if I was right there watching the events unfold before me. As a native to the North Country, I have always been curious about what it would be like to work at Clinton. The author’s insight and experiences answered all my questions. I highly recommend this book.

    – Laurie Marvin

  3. Steven Frederick

    Fantastic read! So many of my friends became corrections officers after high school that I often wondered what it was like. Michael Blaine is a gifted writer who puts the reader in the training academy along side him.

    Life behind the walls of the famous Clinton Correctional Facility is tough on everyone – inmates and officers.

    After reading this book I have even more respect for the CO’s who do this job so the rest of us can be safe. Thank you for all you do!

  4. Suzanne Thompson (verified owner)

    Finally some one had the “gonads” to tell the truth how people can be so railroaded by our system..
    I couldn’t put this down I read from cover to cover. I was captivated in the descriptions . Excellent read and finally truth.

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