Gary Heyward was born and raised in New York City's Polo Ground Projects in Harlem. At the age of nineteen, he joined the United States Marines and became a decorated war veteran by serving in Desert Storm/Desert Shield Operation in 1990-1991. After receiving an honorable discharge he served as a New York City corrections officer, working ten years at Rikers Island. In May of 2006 Gary was arrested and convicted for selling drugs throughout the jail. During his incarceration he developed a passion for writing and penned his memoir, Corruption Officer. He was released in 2008 and currently works for the city of New York.
"A raunchy tell-all and a critical portrayal of Rikers Island." *
New York Times *
"Corruption Officer is a page turner. Gary Heyward's words flow from one page to the next. This book is an emotional roller coaster, one the reader will not soon forget. The best book I've read in quite some time." -- Shannon Holmes, bestselling author of B-More Careful
"Eye-opening page-turner . . . . A brutally-honest confessional exposing the ugly underbelly of an American incarceration system that nobody really wants to take a long, hard look at." -- Kam Williams, syndicated film and book critic
"A good read . . . . Definitely something you can breeze through in a weekend." -- Kelsey Minor * The Huffington Post *