Watch a 45 second video describing Bob Hatrak's introduction to the ancient Trenton State Prison. Produced by the very talented Leah Frieday. Scroll down to watch.
About the Archive This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996. To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit, or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems; we are continuing to work to improve these archived versions. NEWARK, Feb. 17—The Escorts, seven elegantly dressed young men, brought down the house in Symphony Hall last night as the singing group that had started in the “big house in Rahway” gave their first full-fledged concert. Developing well enough to perform outside the institution and being accompanied by prison-guard…
Bob Hatrak is a native of Trenton, New Jersey and to this day refers to the city as his hometown. He is a veteran of the corrections industry and has logged more than four decades working at various levels in several corrections systems. “NBC also wants viewers to understand the importance of the fight program at Rahway, which is one of Gov. Brendan Byrne's pet projects.” “We're not only there to show a sporting event, a fight, we're there to show that some good things come out of prison.” New Jersey Governor Brendan Byrne If the Commissioner was concerned about Scared Straight publicity, then NBC's reporting didn’t do me much…