MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

November 7, 2013

Former warden to sign books Saturday at mall


— A former Oklahoma State Penitentiary warden will share his experiences behind the walls through a book signing set in Muskogee to benefit a foundation for families of correctional employees who have lost loved ones in the line of duty.

Dan Reynolds, who served as warden at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester and the Mack Alford Correctional Center in Stringtown, will be at Ruth’s Christian Book Store in Arrowhead Mall from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Reynolds will be signing copies of his two prison-related books: “On the Other Side of the Bars” and “Caged Wisdom.”

In “On the Other Side of the Bars: Lessons Learned as a Prison Warden/Administrator,” Reynolds writes about his experiences as a warden at the penitentiary in McAlester, as well as his time spent as a case manager working with prison inmates, as a deputy warden and at other posts with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

“‘On the Other Side of the Bars’ is a good book for criminal justice students, those interested in getting into corrections as a career; and those who are already in corrections,” Reynolds said in a media release.

Speaking of his other book, “Caged Wisdom: Learning to See Through the Bars,” Reynolds said it is a spiritual book based on scriptures from the living Bible.

Reynolds said he is accepting $20 donations for each book, with proceeds going to the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation. The foundation is a national, non-profit charitable organization created in 1984. Its primary function is to preserve and support the surviving families of correctional officers who lost their lives in pursuit of their chosen profession of protecting the public.