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Culled from more than four hundred submissions nationwide, the thirty-six pieces here represent works by a broad spectrum of prisoners: young and old, unknown and infamous, minimum security check forgers and death row inmates. The authors ...
Culled from more than four hundred submissions nationwide, the thirty-six pieces here represent works by a broad spectrum of prisoners: young and old, unknown and infamous, minimum security check forgers and death row inmates. The authors include notorious "Preppie Murderer" Robert Chambers; an elderly truck driver who strangled the woman he professed to love; and a gang member recalling his violent street life. All talk in their own uncensored words about themselves and their families, about their motives and personal demons, about committing crime and doing time.
Just as this collection gives prisoners the rare chance to communicate who they are and what went wrong, it also gives the reader a unique opportunity to see convicts not as hardened criminals but as human beings.
|The Mystery of Aunt Lilly||19|
|Where I Come From||29|
|I Killed My Wife||39|
|A Shot in the Dark||55|
|Back in the Dayz||63|
|End of the Game||76|
|From From the Inside Out||95|
|Reflections from Death Row||112|
|What It's Like Being a Drag Queen in the Illinois Department of Corrections||118|
|Prison Break Memoirs||122|
|Grief behind Bars||127|
|What Happened to Your Message?||138|
|Upon Completing Twenty Years||146|
|Notes from Life and Death||163|
|The Ice Man Speaks||168|
|One Hundred Soldiers||179|
|A Part of Me Set Free||185|
|The Prison Pump||194|
|Freedom from Within||198|
|Hired at the Last Hour||207|
|When Student Teaches Teacher||214|
|Prison as Monastery||216|
|The Tale of a Kite||242|
|Editor and Contributors||257|
Posted September 8, 2010
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