In 1991, James Bodie retired from the Nebraska Correctional Services Department, after being a correctional officer for twelve years (April 24, 1979 – April 5, 1991). He saw firsthand what prison does to both those who came out, went straight, and are still enjoying the free life, as well as those men who continued to be repeat offenders, or habitual criminals.
He considered himself having been in the trenches. For three years of his 12-year employment, he was Under the Influence. Once sober, he wrote the book My Victory Over Alcohol, showing what that legal drug does to people. After retirement, he was urged to write Doing Time in Hell. J. Bodie died shortly after finishing his manuscript.