The 411 on Bullying, Gangs, Drugs and Jail: The Formula for Staying in School and Out of Jail (Paperback)
The Laboratory contains the formula for staying out of jail, in school and on the right path. Utilizing real examples, personal experiences and anecdotes, retired warden Howard Robertson de-glorifies jail and talks frankly about the negative aspects of being incarcerated. The readers are educated on the perils of gangs, drugs, bullying, dropping out of school, associating with the wrong crowd, making excuses and failing to set high goals for themselves. The major source of the information contained in the book came from adolescent and adult inmates who were incarcerated on Riker's Island during the course of Warden Robertson's illustrious career. The other source came from the hard knock experiences that Warden Robertson learned from as a young man growing up in a drug infested neighborhood in Jamaica Queens, New York. This authenticity gives this book (THE LABORATORY) real value.
Warden Howard Robertson spent over 20 years working on Riker's Island, the largest detention complex in the country. He began as a C.O. and worked his way up to warden, specializing in security and rehabilitation. Warden Robertson received the prestigious Commissioners award for implementing a number of programs and security initiatives that significantly reduced the violence at the Adolescent Detention Jail on Riker's Island. He authored numerous institutional orders on rehabilitation and security issues, and lectured on these subjects at the department's training academy. Warden Robertson received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He attended graduate school at Long Island University and received a Master of Science degree in education.