Convict Conditioning: How I Learned My Craft: Doing Time (Book Excerpt)

Convicts are not just used for punishment, but they are also useful in different fields such as medicine, law enforcement, military and so on. They have been known to perform many tasks that require great physical strength or mental concentration. There are various methods of using convicts. Some methods involve using them for manual labor, while others employ them as guards.

The most common way of employing convicts is through their physical labor. Convicts are used in construction jobs such as building roads and bridges, digging ditches and other types of work that requires heavy physical exertion. These convicts can be trained to do these tasks with little training time required from the prisoners themselves. Other times convicts are employed to guard prisons or keep watch over the prison grounds at night.

Another type of employment that involves convicts is as guards. They are generally paid less than regular guards, but they still provide better protection for the prisoners compared to regular guards. Most convicts will only be hired if there is no suitable candidate available within the prison population.

There are several advantages to hiring convicts for your job. They are generally less risk of going on strike and even if they do, it’s not as much of a hassle as it could be. They are also hired for much cheaper than regular guards, which is a huge advantage. One of the biggest reasons why prisons employ convicts is because they are an easy source of free labor.

When looking for convicts to hire, the amount of experience doesn’t really matter. A lot of the time convicts have already worked in labor camps or factories, so they would be able to step into the job right away. As far as experience goes, a lot of convicts have a lot of it even if their work has been illegal. This is because they have more experience with committing crimes than regular people do with regular jobs.

For this reason, many convicts become skilled at their jobs due to being repeat offenders.

If you are looking for convicts to hire for your business, it’s always a good idea to hire someone who is familiar with the work. If there are no suitable convicts within your prison or another one in the area, it might be beneficial to advertise for one. You want to make sure that the quality of your product isn’t compromised when hiring convicts.

One of the biggest problems with hiring convicts for your job is the risk of them escaping. If you’re a business owner who wants to avoid potential legal hassles, it might be best to hire someone else. It’s also important to keep an eye on your labor if they are convicts. While it’s true that most convicts are skilled at their jobs, there’s always a handful of them that mess things up on purpose.

If you’re hiring convicts for a manual labor job, make sure to keep a close eye on them.

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Crime in industrialization

For every successful business that sets up shop during the industrial revolution, there’s a rise in crime within the city itself or on the outskirts of it. The population increases as more people move into cities and start making money. The poor are still poor though and this creates social disparity. Inequality in wealth distribution leads to higher crime rates and more death.

The first type of crime you might encounter are simple assaults, fights and brawls that occur in local taverns or even on the street. If you have a larger city or one with a military base, you can expect to see riots from time to time as well.

Other types of crime include pick pockets, thieves, prostitution rings, drug trafficking and many other illegal activities. The city is where most of these crimes are centered. The city life attracts people who are willing to take more risks in exchange for a better life. There are also many people who aren’t as fortunate, resulting in the rise in crime.

Most cities have a large police force to combat the high amount of crime. These police officers are equipped with guns, multiple rounds of ammo and batons. They have a large amount of leeway in their job. They can question anyone and detain them for as long as they wish.

This is a far cry from the days of old where a person could just live their life without having to answer to anyone. There is also the National Guard, who are sent in to deal with unrest or riots. The National Guard is usually made up of former soldiers who have retired from their service. This gives them experience in combat and with weaponry. They are also given the authority to use whatever means they see fit to stop the problem, all in the name of protecting the people.

Crime and punishment in industrialization

The most well known punishment for crimes is called the guillotine. It was created in France during the time of the French revolution. The idea behind it is that it is fast and painless. It consists of a heavy blade that is dropped down and slices off the victim’s head.

In theory, it can be used on anyone whether they’re a noble or the lowest of the low. The problem with this method of punishment is that it requires a very skilled executioner. One slip up and the head isn’t completely cut off, which means the person has to endure a slow and painful death. Another problem with this type of punishment is that it requires a great deal of cleaning. After all, blood is going to get everywhere regardless of how clean the cut is. For this reason, some industrial cities that use the guillotine will have a lower class people tasked with cleaning the device after each use.

With the guillotine being an expensive and time consuming form of punishment, other forms of capital punishment exist in industrial cities. One such form of execution is drawing and quartering. This is when the prisoner is drawn by horse back along with having their limbs pulled off one by one before their body is cut in four pieces. Another method, which involves much less people, is being hung.

When someone is hung, a noose is connected to some wire or rope from a pulley. This then jerks the person’s neck at an awkward angle, thus breaking it and ending their life.

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There are also crimes that aren’t punishable by death. These are usually crimes of passion or petty crimes such as pick pocketing. In these instances, people end up in jail for a certain amount of time. Jails are much different from the prisons you’ve heard about in stories or history class.

Prisons are fortress like buildings that contain many cells to hold the accused people until they are sentenced. Jails on the other hand can be just a few cells in a local police station.

Those guilty of minor crimes such as these tend to do labor such as cleaning up after large parties, rebuilding after traumatic events or working in dangerous areas away from the city proper. These types of crimes and punishments are to keep the cities themselves safe. Mass riots, crime waves and other negative events cause harm to the city and it’s people. The powers that be do not tolerate these events and will go to any means necessary to stop them.

In the city of Metropolis, the criminal justice system has an extra set of eyes. These aren’t human eyes however. They’re robotic eyes, and they belong to a man named Hunter.

Hunter is a hero.

He was once a member of the now defunct League of Protectors. Most stories involving him are considered classified and so little information is known about him compared to other more popular heroes such as Sentry or even yourself. What is known about him is that he is quite the accomplished crime fighter with almost supernatural abilities. His abilities are so good, that the government has given him access to a chamber filled with powerful computers and surveillance equipment.

This is to help aid him in stopping crime wherever it may occur. He works directly for the government, which makes him more trustworthy in the public eye.

Yes, Hunter is a good guy. A very good guy. But there’s one problem…

You aren’t.

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And it’s incredibly easy for you to break the law. All it takes is a walk in the park.


“Hey Sophie.” You say as you enter the room.

What’s up?”

She asks, not looking away from her computer screen.

“Just got back from spending time with Loren. Unexpected visit from the Heroes Network there.”

Yeah? Anything important?”

“Somebody put a hit on me. Value to 10 million.”

Sophie turns around in her chair with a worried look on her face.

Are you serious? Who would do such a thing?”

“One of the Candidates, probably.”


“Dunno. That’s what I’m going to find out though.” You say, taking a seat.

How? Wait, let me guess, you’re going to go wreck a few more of their businesses and torture a confession out of someone?”

“Something like that.”

Why don’t you just go to the police?”

And tell them what?

‘Oh officer, I think people are trying to kill me. There’s no proof or motive, but trust me.’ They won’t do anything. If I go to the government with unsubstantiated claims like that, they’ll throw me in prison for wasting their time. And if they do anything, it’ll be after the fact, which won’t do me any good.”

So what are you saying?”

“I’m saying, if someone put a hit on me and I found out who did it, I’d find them and do… THIS! cap45!” You say, shooting Sophie in the head. Her blood splatters all over you as she falls out of her chair.

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She’s dead before she hits the floor.

You hop out of your chair and wipe your brow. That got a little intense, even for you. You stare at her corpse, as the blood pours from her head. You walk over to her to retrieve your bullet.

Once you pick it up off the floor, you tuck it back into the magazine.

Should I even bother cleaning this for you?”

Marla asks, appearing in the doorway.

“No, I don’t think that’s necessary.”

You’re just going to use it again, aren’t you?”

You stare at your bloody bullet for a moment before sliding it into the gun and holstering it.

“I’m a violent man doing a violent job.

What did you expect?”

You quickly exit the room before Marla can scold you further.

After disposing of Sophie’s body, you head out to do some detective work. You’re no Sherlock Holmes, but you were trained to observe your surroundings, and that’s exactly what you’re going to do.

You enter one of the many warehouses that have been designated for growhouse. Inside, you see rows and rows of large plants being grown under lights. A few elves work on the plants themselves, while two trolls guard the room with shotguns.

“Halt! You’re not supposed to be in here!” One of them growls.

Shit, did Gertie send you to check up on us?”

The other asks, recognizing you.

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“Why would Gertie send me to check up on you?

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The art and craft of playwriting by CW Park – Emotion, Identity and Death, 2016 – Routledge

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