Sing Sing State Prison: One Day, One Lifetime

Sing Sing State Prison: One Day, One Lifetime
Item# 978-0-8059-7290-0

by Al Bermudez Pereira

Sing Sing State Prison: One Day, One Lifetime, written by Al Bermudez Pereira, describes the author’s firsthand account of growing up on the streets of Brooklyn, New York, as a young Latino man. This book details his career as a corrections officer at Sing Sing State Prison. Bermudez Pereira informs the readers, in a way that only a person who has experienced prison life can, about the inner workings of the prison system and gives insight into our justice system. He explains the great amounts of corruption within Sing Sing and offers explanations to this corruption as well as possible solutions.


Al Bermudez Pereira, born in Brooklyn, New York, currently resides in Florida with his wife, Lydia, and their two children. He worked as a corrections officer for many years within Sing Sing State Prison and learned many valuable lessons during his career. Al Bermudez Pereira decided to write this book at the urgings of his mother some fifteen years ago. In addition to writing he enjoys carpentry, automobiles, and music.

(2006, paperback, 106 pages)


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Reader Review
Recognizing the level of bravery and professionalism required by those responsible for antisocial inmates, he conveys the impact of the experience. In essence, the man he is today is the result of the men he knew at Sing Sing. “Prison actually helped me to perfect those imperfections I didn’t know existed within me as a parent,” Bermudez explains. “I couldn’t help but absorb the unfortunate stories and positively implement them in my own personal life.” Yet Bermudez emphasizes that “ we can’t save everyone from life’s temptations.” Maybe not everyone – but this father guided one young man at a time, starting with his own sons.

- - City of Lakes Lifestyle Magazine, Sharon Boeckle, June 2007

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