Former Prisoner, Best Selling Author Glenn Langohr, Reviews Former Prison Guard D.J. Vodicka’s Book, The Green Wall

“The Green Wall” Is a Courageous Story of the Last Man Standing for Justice Against the California Prison Union”

As a former inmate who spent over 10 years inside some of the most violent California prisons on drug charges, I took on D.J.’s book to read and review. As an author myself who started writing to shed some light into the darkness that is California’s out of control prison system, my curiosity to see a Former Prison Guard’s perception was peaked.

It is a penetrating look and historic book that should be required reading in colleges in regards to Crime and Punishment, Criminology, Gangs and Prison culture. It is also an intense read and highly entertaining.

The Story follows D.J. Vodicka into the prison system as a guard and in his own words, a new “Fish”, as he made his way adapting to one of the highest security prisons in the state, Corcoran. From there he went to the notorious Pelican Bay State Prison. D.J. rose to the challenge and had a mentor, Mr. Reynoso, who helped him. At Pelican Bay D.J. was a first responder to a Mexican Mafia hit where a drop out (Informant against the mob) got a piece of steel in his neck and later died. D.J. witnessed other intense riots, stabbings and constant violence, and maintained his dignity and honor throughout.

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Once transferred to Salinas Valley State Prison, next to Soledad, D.J. was a veteran prison guard who had worked the highest levels of security and should have had a position of leadership. Instead, the new prison seemed to have a collection of non veteran prison guards who were easily influenced by the violence and heavy gang life of lifers on the yard. A riot exploded. But this one was against the prison guards over a beef that might have been from excessive force, or just a gang flexing muscle. The Mexicans attacked the guards and D.J. was there to help investigate the incident. At this point in the story, D.J. stands up and maintains his integrity by writing accurate reports and taking pictures of injured inmates. The guards seemed to emulate the gangs and create one of their own that went by G.W. They started acting like gang bangers and flashed sign language just like the gang banger prisoners the guards were in charge of securing. D.J. reported it when asked to.

At that point, the prison guards who had clicked up in this Green Wall subculture/gang created a “Code of Silence” to look the other way when it came to violence and intimidation manuavers against the inmates. This gained momentum and became more criminal in regards to falsifying reports, planting weapons and possibly/allegedly more of the same or worse. And standing in the way of this tsunami was D.J. Vodicka. Who continued to maintain his ethics and accurately report and follow instructions against this building subculture amongst the guards at Salinas Valley. Now, from the highest levels, D.J.’s reports were leaked on purpose and he became an absolute target. He continued to stand tall all the way to the end. Read this book to understand just how far this went.

My takeaways as a former inmate. While locked up at Chino Central in the notorious Sycamore Hall, nicknamed “Stick-A-More Hall” for all the stabbings, a prison guard brought an Aryan Brotherhood drawing “Calling Card” that was an image of dice,a naked female and the numbers 666 all ghosted together. The prison guard asked me if it was mine as he found it on the floor just outside of my cell. Had I said yes, It was my trip to Palm Hall and Pelican Bay. This relates to D.J.’s book in a couple of ways. It is evidence of the subculture of guards who cross the line and work for the gangs and/or become one themselves, and it relates to the Green Wall’s Prison Guard gang who used a similar art piece to represent their gang with 666 and the dice.

Also while doing time at Centinella State prison on D yard while I was a shot caller, we had a guard who gave us an inmate’s paperwork that proved that inmate was a notorious child molester with 44 counts of ANNLY/MOLEST. That guard was helping us handle vigilante justice. I wrote about it in my book, “
The Art of War: A Memoir of Life in Prison with Mafia, Serial Killers and Sex Offenders Who Get Stabbed” This also relates to what D.J. says was going on at Salinas Valley Prison.

Another takeaway: D.J. and I both share a perspective on the root problem with California’s out of control prison system. It stopped being a place of rehabilitation in the 1980’s when the population quickly exploded and rose up to 700%. The Drug War and tough on crime politics turned it into a send everyone to prison deal that made prisons warehouses for violence and gang indoctrination.

As a result of this, prison guards are just as affected by this militant, always violent, racial segregated fight for every piece of space, highly secretive, constant cat and mouse game of violence and “organized hits” that are prison life. Does this sound like rehabilitation? Obviously not. The prison guards are affected by living in this culture and D.J.’s book shows how the two cultures blend together until lines are crossed and blurred. My hat is off to D.J. for standing tall and documenting it.

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Before becoming a best selling author, Glenn Langohr spent 10 years in some of the most violent California prisons on drug charges, after being involved in a number of riots, in a cell in solitary confinement he started writing.

Before becoming a best selling author, Glenn Langohr spent 10 years in some of the most violent California prisons on drug charges. After being involved in a number of riots, in a cell in solitary confinement he started writing. Here’s a list of some of his books: ImageImage

Caught in The CrossFire: A Memoir of Life in Lockdown with Serial Killers, Mobsters and Gang Bangers]] Top Rated, a Best Seller in Crime and on sale for .99 for kindle or 6.99 in Audio Book. Image

The Art of War: A Memoir of Life in Prison with Mafia, Serial Killers and Sex Offenders Who Get Stabbed (Life in Lockdown 3)]] Just released and on sale for .99 for kindle, FREE for select or 9.99 in Print or Audio Book. Image

Roll Call, A True Crime Prison Story of Corruption and Redemption ( Roll Call Volume 1 )]] Langohr’s first novel, related to the movie Traffic by Nielson Media, 2.99 for kindle, FREE for select, or 17.99 in Print or Audio Book. Image

Prison Riot, A True Crime Story of Surviving a Gang War in Prison (Prison Killers- Book 5 5)]] In one of the riots Glenn Langohr was involved in he was labeled a “Mexican Gangster”, the only problem, he’s White. On sale for .99 for kindle, FREE for select, or 9.99 in Print of Audio Book. Image

UNDERDOG, A True Crime Thriller of Prison Life (Prison Killers- Book 4 4)]] 59 Reviews with a 4.4 rating, read by Criminal Justice Professors and students to understand prison life better, on sale for .99 for kindle, FREE for select, or 6.99 in Print or Audio Book. Image

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Best Selling Author and Former Prisoner Glenn Langohr, Interviews Ryan Pettigrew About His 8 Years in Solitary Confinement

Glenn Langohr spent 10 years in some of California’s most violent prisons on drug charges, with 4 years in Solitary Confinement, before becoming a best selling author of drug war and prison thrillers. All of his books are available in Print, Kindle and Audio Book. He uses writing as therapy to process everything and to shine a light inside the prison systems. While marketing his books he found Ryan Pettigrew and was excited to see someone else shining a light on Solitary Confinement. This interview is going to be an ongoing report to continue to expose what is wrong with our Criminal Justice System from former inmates who are making a difference and the only ones who can articulate exactly what it is like, on the other side.

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1)    Glenn Langohr asking: First of all, congrats on making it through all that prison time and turning it into a blessing. What led to your charges that sent you to prison?

Ryan Pettigrew answering: I had un-diagnosed Bipolar Disorder that became hit hard when puberty came. I was out of control and eventually told to leave the house. To survive, I sold large quantities of meth and became fully involved in the lifestyle.

I went to prison, the first time, in 2000 for hitting someone with a bottle, which was actually my third felony conviction. After serving two years, I was released but went back to my old ways. I self-revoked my parole knowing I was being investigated by the federal government for drug trafficking and R.I.C.O. (organized crime); wanting the heat to die down. During that year in prison, I picked up a heroin habit and was involved in a race riot.

Once released, I went right back to selling drugs and when a jealous worker tried to rob me, he got stabbed by my brother. I made witnesses lie about the case to protect him and the victim’s girlfriend (who I was sleeping with) and received a 10 year sentence.

2)     I spent time in Solitary for overcrowding issues that led to riots twice in California and then for investigations, what did you spend time in Solitary for?

I became a member of the 211 Crew in prison and beat up a rapist real bad who was trying to join us. In Colorado, they can indefinitely place someone in solitary confinement just for being a gang member so I was sent to the Colorado State Penitentiary (CSP).

3)      In California Solitary is about 23 hours locked in a cell a day on average. We get yard in a kennel for one day, with showers the next day and it alternates every day except for Wednesdays which is a dead day for Committee Hearings. Is that how it was for you?

In Colorado, its 23 hour lockdown but we get rec time and showers five days per week. Except our rec time is only in another cell (indoors) so we don’t get any sunlight or human contact.

4)     I saw on the internet that you are a voice for the colleges and public to understand the effects of Solitary Confinement on the mind. First of all I appreciate you doing this, and I’m curious to hear whatever else you have to say about it.

I’ve been working with Lisa Dawson from Solitary Watch and Susan Greene from the Colorado Independent to bring attention to this issue, which led to the segment I did on the Huffington Post Live about the effects of solitary confinement on the mentally ill since I did eight years in solitary confinement with Bipolar Disorder.

I’m suing CDOC pro se for: 1) diagnosing me with Bipolar Disorder then keeping me in an environment known to worsen the symptoms of mental illness for eight years and 2) for a 24 hour period of torture they put me through.

My message to the public is: regardless how you feel about criminals, most of them get out and public safety requires they be released prepared to become productive citizens rather than angry and ignorant. I’m not asking for sympathy, just a rational win-win solution.

The fact of the matter is that current prison system strategies are ineffective. If less people come back to prison, the prison system receives less money and jobs are lost so their interests aren’t in helping prisoners stay out or else they would be more rehabilitative in nature than punitive. It’s irrational to think you can punish someone so severely that they can become something they don’t know how to be.

I also work with at risk teens but I’m keeping my program quiet for now until I show it’s a success because I’m so high profile that the politicians have already stopped me from helping the kids when I’m the one best suited for it. You’ll be one of the first to know when I’m ready to go public with the results.

5)     I believe God used Solitary for me to turn me into a writer. Did you have any Spiritual Epiphanies in Solitary?

 I started to study philosophy and psychology; finding that happiness depended on embracing the true self rather than trying to be ideal, pursuing our individual highest potential and satisfying our physical and psychological needs in a balanced manner. I got heavy into meditation and the 7 Laws of the Universe; this was a spiritual awakening for me. Now I’m at peace.

6)     Most people don’t make it after they get out of prison. From what I saw at Chino, Soledad, Salano, Wasco and Centinella prisons it was a breeding ground for violence and gangs, so rehab and preparing for life outside of prison wasn’t at the forefront, it was more about just surviving. How are you making it?

Colorado prisons aren’t as dangerous as California prisons but that doesn’t change the fact that all prison does is create monsters. I’ve been out twice prior to this and went right back to crime; true to the outlaw lifestyle. While in CSP, I started studying to get better with my criminal endeavors, but the more I studied, the more I realized that crime didn’t pay.

The tipping point for me was when I was heavily betrayed and started to see that the majority weren’t living by the rules they preached. Everything I had lived by was a façade and I was forced to create a new self. This time I chose a life that couldn’t be taken from me. I refused to snitch and I still have friends I take care of in prison but I’ll never be a criminal or addict again, nor will I associate with addicts or criminals.

At the end of the day, it comes down to choices. I choose to be legit because the alternative isn’t worth it; fast money gets taken and I’m a scumbag when I use drugs. I use the hatred that I developed from the torture inflicted upon me to fuel my drive because success is the greatest vengeance when it comes to the prison system that tried to break me.

7)     Tell me about some of your endeavors and plans for the future.

While in solitary confinement, I learned inner peace and want to make things right by bringing the lessons I learned to others. My blog is dedicated to teaching the philosophy I believe is required for individual greatness/inner peace and I teach mediation, while acting as a life coach. My message simplified is: Objectivism, fitness and meditation.

One of the things that I studied while locked up was real estate investing so I joined I.C.O.R. (the local real estate investment community) and learned all I needed to begin wholesaling; then forming my real estate investment company. I brought my parents into my business to make up for the hell I put them through and we are now starting to flip homes and buy rentals.

My brothers have been involved in breeding, showing and training presacanarios so I got involved but mostly with our product line “Canario Inc.” that sells items for dog lovers.

I’m working on publishing a book of poetry (Madman’s Poetic Path), a memoir (A Madman’s Path to Reason) and a book of philosophical essays but the process takes time.

I’m also building a self-help subscription website that teaches people how the be their best mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually that also has a social network aspect so they can share achievement and art plus business network and support each other in their growth. I’m hoping to launch this in the next few months.

Glenn Langohr: Man I’m impressed with you brother. You are a testimony to how strong the human spirit it. I look forward to another interview with you soon. In faith we will make a difference… These are pictures of my friend Ryan Pettigrew~

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Question to Glenn Langohr: Should California Governor Jerry Brown Negotiate with The California Prisoners Who Are Participating in the Hunger Strike?

Question to Glenn Langohr: Should California Governor Jerry Brown Negotiate with The California Prisoners Who Are Participating in the Hunger Strike?

Victoria Whitney from Al Jazzera America asked this question to former prisoner Glenn Langohr, who spent time in Solitary before becoming a best selling author.

Glenn stated: “The Governor probably won’t negotiate because it is to his political detriment to do so. He has a number of District Attorney’s with a 99% conviction rate waiting for him to look weak on crime, so they can seize upon it and say, “‘I wouldn’t have done that.'”

“Should he? Yes. If this issue was about animal cruelty, he would…If it were about global warming, he would…If this human torture were happening in prisons in Russia, he would speak out against it.”

“Here’s why he should negotiate with them, the path for inmates to get placed in Solitary Confinement isn’t regulated by a court of law. They are asking to be treated like humans, not dogs.”

Glenn Langohr spent 10 years in California prisons on drug charges with 4 years in Solitary Confinement. He wrote Prison Riot to shine a light on how an inmate can be sent to Solitary and become mislabeled and get stuck in the system, without a court of law to oversee the process. Prison Riot is based on his true story where he was involved in a riot where northern Mexican inmates rushed the southern Mexican inmates and he and one other White inmate happened to be in the way. While in the hole, Solitary Confinement, the Prison Administration assumed he was a southern Mexican inmate and the label stayed with him for 6 months until he was sent to another prison. At that prison, the prison administration placed him back in Solitary for another 7 months while trying to pressure him into saying he was part of a Gang. Prison Riot is available in Print, Kindle and Audio Book here~ http://amzn.to/1akV3J4

Underdog is about the 5 Core Demands the prisoners are Hunger Striking over and is also in Print, Kindle and Audio book here~ http://amzn.to/16pHX9h

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Glenn Langohr’s Prison Book, Caught in the CrossFire, Adapted as a 4 Minute Movie

Glenn Langohr Spent 10 Years in Prison With 4 Years in Solitary Before Becoming a Best Selling Author of 11 Books Found Here~ http://amzn.to/19c9Gvo in Print, Kindle or Audio book to Listen to in the car. Please Buy, Share and Review His Books if You Believe in Redemption and Want to SEE the Real. God Bless You.

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Ex Prisoner and Best Selling Author Glenn Langohr, Received His 500th Book Review on Amazon

Ex Prisoner and Best Selling Author Glenn Langohr, Received His 500th Book Review on Amazon. All of his books are available in Print, Kindle and Audio Book.

Glenn Langohr spent 10 years in prison on drug charges with 4 years on Solitary Confinement before becoming a best selling author. He writes about the Drug War and Prison Conditions primarily but also writes Prayer Books and Self Help Books that relate to Addiction and Recovery.

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Here’s a few of his reviews~ For Roll Call~ http://amzn.to/13cjMgw

  • A harrowing, down-and-dirty depiction–sometimes reminiscent of Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic–of America’s war on drugs, by former dealer and California artist Langohr. Locked up for a decade on drugs charges and immersed in both philosophical tomes and modern pulp thrillers, Langohr penned Roll Call. A vivid, clamorous account of the war on drugs. –Kirkus Discoveries, Nielsen Business Media, 770 Broadway, N.Y Yk
  • “Whacks you aside the head with the force of a baseball bat. Langohr’s incredible description of his fight for survival in prison has ‘screenplay’ written all over it.” John South, American Media
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For Underdog:  http://amzn.to/14ATrXC “This book does not glamorize prison life but rather accurately reports on the cruel reality, which may shock and frighten many readers. The author skillfully makes the point that the general public has more awareness for and more compassion for caged dogs than for prisoners. He also reaches through the bars and describes how the guards are organized into gangs and other criminal enterprises.” JT Kalnay Attorney 

And ex-con Langohr can describe the hell of life inside better than any other writer. His vivid passages on just surviving in prison describe a nightmare we’d rather not know about.

He compares the plight of abandoned dogs, locked and horribly mistreated in rows of cages in animal shelters, to California prison inmates, locked and abused in the same cages.
Not a book for the faint of heart. We who sleep peacefully in our beds at night, unaware of the savagery going on behind prison walls, can only thankfully say: “There, but for the grace of God, go I.” John South, American Media
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For Race Riots:  http://amzn.to/1cFwZBI

  • “A raw, breathless descent through the inner circle of the California Penal Hell. Fraught with detail that only someone who’s been there could know.” Phillip Doran, TV Producer and author
 The story starts with a visually intense prison riot from the eyes of the main character, B.J, who is leaving California’s hardest core prison, Pelican Bay, to enter another violent prison. From there, B.J gets into the politics of prison life as he tries to deal with problems between races and the prison staff and stay alive while searching for a chance to change his life.” Jackie Smith U.S.C.
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Another Powerful Review for the Book Underdog About the California Prison Hunger Strike by Glenn Langohr

Underdog by Glenn Langohr is a Prison Memoir that shines a light on the current California Prisoner Developed Hunger Strike over Solitary Confinement. Purchase Underdog in Print, Kindle or Audio Book here~ http://amzn.to/17ePHd1 Consider sending it to a prisoner to inspire hope. ImageImage

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It follows a prison riot over an out of control drug debt between the White inmates and the Mexican inmates and shows how the Prison Officials guess at who started the riot. Those inmates are sent to Solitary Confinement without a court system to overlook the process on a system that never lets you out to see the sun again. 
Here’s the review: UNDERDOG is the real Deal!, August 9, 2013
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Juan Soria – See all my reviews
This review is from: UNDERDOG, A True Crime Thriller of Prison Life: Prison Killers 4 (Volume 4) (Paperback)
As I move towards middle age, I have become more and more perplexed with the world that I live in.

A world that from the start of my youth began as a crystal clear vision of harmony, peace and love that was shown to me from the folks that I grew up with – the friends and family who showed me a much simpler and easier way of life but in truth, represented a shield of sorts that sheltered me from the realties of what it meant to grow up poor & from humble beginnings that for the most part, confused me because I grew up thinking in terms of black and white all the while not realizing that a multitude of grey existence lay waiting for thousands and thousands of young men and women that would soon face the reality I now come to understand as the American Prison System.

“UNDERDOG, A True Crime Thriller of Prison Life: Prison Killers 4″, written by Glen Thomas Langohr presents a visceral description of that world and what it takes to survive. This book is far from fiction but rather a direct personal experience of the Author who spend over ten years in the State of California Prison System.

Without giving away too much detail, what I can say about the book is that it hits you right in the gut as you read for example about the politics, the gang wars and most horrific of all, solitary life in a Super Max Prison where inmates can literally spend DECADES in solitary confinement, most often at the hands of corrupt Correctional Officers who are motivated by the prison’s financial gain as the prisons that are being built require more and more bodies to fill them.

The author also speaks on the Hunger Strikes that are now taking place across the prisons in California in protest of the horrible conditions that the inmates face in addition to having no limit as to how much time an inmate can serve in solitary confinement of which in my view is inhuman, barbaric and straight out evil.

America is most often referred to as a Civilized country but yet our prisons reflect a different reality of which decency and respect is absent and in its place is indifference, human slavery and the supported and sanctioned racism of which prisoners are then divided up by race . . and region.

Though I am fully aware of the Author’s established faith of which through his higher power, he has managed to completely turn his life around, I can’t help but feel that as long as *MONEY* is involved which drives the passing of laws designed to incarcerate, the building of new prisons regardless of type (Federal, State and Private) in addition to the failed war on drugs which continues to lock good people up by the thousands, we will continue to see the rise of the Private Prison Industry of which already, outfits like Corrections Corporation of America (currently trading at $34/share), are lobbying at the halls of Congress more than they ever have before. This all ties in of course to the militarization of the police and the emerging police state that will soon turn this country into one gigantic prison.

Will we see sanity and true prison reform take place in this country? I’m highly doubtful but until that day comes, we must look to Good Men like Glen Langohr who are not afraid to stand up and be counted as the true prophets & seers of our times.

I highly recommend this book.

Here’s an excerpt from one of Glenn Langohr’s other books, The Art of War, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vNnlNQ4JKs

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