- Tapa dura: 304 páginas
- Editor: Threshold Editions (31 de marzo de 2015)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1476783705
- ISBN-13: 978-1476783703
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From Jailer to Jailed: My Journey from Correction and Police Commissioner to Inmate #84888-054 (Inglés) Tapa dura – 31 mar 2015
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The controversial New York City police commissioner and bestselling author of The Lost Son shares the story of his fall from grace and the effects of his incarceration on his views of the American justice system.
Bernard Kerik was New York City’s police commissioner during the 9/11 attacks, who became an American hero as he led the NYPD through rescue and recovery efforts of the World Trade Center. His résumé as a public servant is long and storied, and includes honors from President Ronald Reagan, Queen Elizabeth II, and the NYPD’s Medal for Valor for saving his partner in a gun battle. In 2004, Kerik was nominated by President George W. Bush to head the US Department of Homeland Security.
Now, he is a former Federal Prison Inmate known as #84888-054.
Convicted of tax fraud and false statements in 2007, Kerik was sentenced to four years in federal prison. Now for the first time, in this hard-hitting, raw and oftentimes politically incorrect memoir, he talks candidly about his time on the inside: the torture of solitary confinement, the abuse of power, the mental and physical torment of being locked up in a cage, the powerlessness. With his newfound perspective, Kerik makes a plea for change and illuminates why our punishment system doesn’t always fit the crime.
In this extraordinary memoir, Kerik offers a riveting, one-of-a-kind perspective on the American penal system as he details life on the inside with the experience of an acclaimed Correction Commissioner from the outside. With astonishing candor, bravery, and insider’s intelligence, Bernard Kerik shares his fall from grace to incarceration, and turns it into an impassioned and singularly insightful rallying cry for criminal justice reform in a nation that he devoted his life to serving and protecting.
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Bernard Kerik was appointed the fortieth police commissioner of New York City by Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani on August 21, 2000. Prior to his appointment, Kerik was commissioner of the Department of Correction. He served with the New York Police Department on both uniformed and plainclothes duty for eight years and was awarded the prestigious Medal of Valor, among many other awards for meritorious and heroic services. His stewardship of the department in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center brought him to national attention.
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I learned through this experience that once someone who has prosecutorial power had it in for you, batten down the hatches, as rough weather was on its way. These attacks were not limited to motorcycle riders. One only needs to look at the case of Ray Donovan, who served as President Ronald Reagan’s first Secretary of Labor. In a highly publicized 1987 case, Donovan and six other defendants were indicted by a Bronx County, New York, grand jury for larceny and fraud in connection with a project to construct a new line for the New York City Subway. On May 25, 1987, Donovan (and all of the other defendants) after spending their savings were acquitted, after which Donovan was famously quoted as asking, "Which office do I go to get my reputation back?"
I was involved in two court cases in the past year. Fortunately both involved unbiased, no-nonsense judges with a keen sense about the lies and contradictions contaminating the judicial process today. These cases were instructive. A fear of being charged with perjury is non-existent. There is no deterrent for lying under oath. Ask those who are most familiar with the judicial process - lawyers, policeman, defendants. All will agree that lying under oath that is rampant.
A recent Supreme Court ruling highlights this disturbing trend of prosecutors stretching the law to win high-visibility convictions. The Court issued a unanimous and much needed corrective in the case of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell, once a rising star in the Republican Party, who was convicted of federal corruption charges. He was the victim of an arbitrary and politicized prosecution. The Supreme Court agreed with him and struck a blow to prosecutorial overreach.
In the United States, local, state and federal law enforcement are not immune from civil or criminal prosecution, and they should not be. However, state and federal prosecutors for the most part are. Why? According to legal scholars this is to ensure that they are not deterred from doing their job. Why are they different from other officials? Giving prosecutors immunity creates a slippery slope, as it enables them to engage in misconduct and behavior that clearly violates the civil and constitutional rights of those they investigate. If prosecutors were held to the same standard as local, state and federal law enforcement, prosecutorial misconduct would be decreasing, not increasing. This is a fundamental problem. There is a need for accountability of prosecutors in the criminal justice system.
The government prosecutors know this and have used it to their advantage. They can distort and exaggerate the justifications to lock up your property, bank accounts and other assets. They can drain you and your family of everything you’ve ever worked for; rip you in the court of public opinion; destroy your family’s financial future; and do everything in their power to prevent you from being able to pay for your defense. These failures and misuses of the system are quickly becoming the norm. They’re far too common. People are being wrongfully deprived of their rights to liberty and freedom without just cause. Where is the outrage!
This brings us to the case of Bernard Kerik and his excellent book, “From Jailer to Jailed,” on government overreach. Kerik spent more than 30 years as a law enforcement officer: as a correction officer in a New Jersey jail; a beat cop in Times Square; the head of New York City’s Department of Corrections which includes Rikers Island; and finally as NYC’s top cop as head of NYPD with 55,000 people.
Following the 2003 invasion of Iraq, President George W. Bush appointed Kerik as the interior minister of the Iraqi Coalition Provisional Authority. In 2004, Bush nominated Kerik to be the head of the Department of Homeland Security. However, Kerik soon withdrew his candidacy, explaining that he had employed an illegal immigrant as a nanny. His withdrawal resulted in state and federal investigations as a result of which in 2006 Kerik pleaded guilty in Bronx Supreme Court to two unrelated ethics violations (unclassified misdemeanors) and was ordered to pay $221,000 in fines. Kerik then pleaded guilty in 2009 in the Southern District of New York to 8 federal charges, including tax fraud and false statements, and on February 18, 2010, was sentenced to four years in federal prison.
In “Jailer to Jailed,” Kerik shares his story as a top cop, his work in Iran and Jordan (he was a very close advisor to King Abdullah), his trial, conviction, and time spent at Cumberland – a federal correctional institution in Cumberland-Maryland.
Kerik provides behind the scenes detail on the war in the Middle East, particularly Iraq, that most will find extremely interesting.
The story about his conviction and eventual stay at Cumberland are equally riveting. Kerik holds nothing back as he recounts the corrupt politics around his conviction (Judge Stephen Robinson, where are you now? Skadden Alps), his relationship with Rudy Giuliani, various people at Cumberland including a corrupt Correctional Officer. He notes that Thomas Geithner who became Secretary of the Treasury had his own problems with not paying taxes but went scot free. (compare David Petreaus and Hillary Clinton indictments or lack thereof) . Kerik’s case is another example of how laws and punishments are often selectively applied. The danger and imbalance are in that selectivity of criminal prosecution… that danger is not just in corruption cases involving public figures, but has now surfaced in other areas of law.
Kerik closes with some thoughts on a new direction for the criminal system:
• Mandatory minimums are critical tool in persuading defendants to cooperate in particular for dismantling gangs and drug operations. But there is overreach and the practice is something else. People are now being criminally prosecuted for once was civil, administrative, regulatory conduct.
• Federal prosecutors have been too fond of hitting nonviolent, low-level drug offenders with conspiracy counts carrying substantial mandatory sentences. This must be curtailed.
• 29 states have taken steps to rollback mandatory sentences, mostly for economic reasons. Why have we evolved into a society that believes that the more severe the punishment the better? There are alternatives – fines, home detention, probation, community service. Punishment should not last a lifetime. Virginia uses a risk assessment program which offers shorter sentences and diversionary programs to offenders who are low risk.
• We need to offer more substantial sentence-reduction initiatives for inmates like “Goodtime” credit and GED programs with incentives to complete.
Kerik is the canary in the mine. Ambitious prosecutors can indict anyone short of St. Francis of Assisi. We need to continue to reign in overzealous or abusive prosecutions. The media has failed us as well. They must do their job as the Fourth Estate and abandon political bias in weeding out political ties and motives that undermine the rule of law.
Over punishing decent people is not only wrong but dangerous for every American and the future of this country. There is no greater threat to a free and democratic nation then a government that fails to protect its citizens freedom and liberty as aggressively as it pursues justice.