Top 10 Jailbird Books: From Michel Foucoult To Piper Kerman

03/04/2011 01:57 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

By Kathleen Massara

People end up in prison for a variety of reasons; some for political crimes, others for robbery, murder, or rape, and even more for drug-related offenses. Then there are those who find themselves working at prisons, and they've been able to tell different, but no less compelling, tales. Whatever the reason, the following list of ten authors have written thought-provoking, disturbing, and even hilarious books about the prison system in the US and abroad.