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Kenneth E. Hartman has served 30 continuous years in the California prison system for killing a man in a drunken, drugged-up fistfight. He’s been widely published and looks forward to writing more about books in prison in upcoming editions of the Huffington Post. For more, see www.kennethehartman.com.

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8 Accurate Books To Read About Life In Prison (PHOTOS)

Posted November 30, 2010 | 07:28:55 (EST)

I can't count the number of times I've been asked what books and movies I'd recommend to get a better understanding of prison. It's the very nature and design of this world, with all the barriers both real and metaphorical, that makes getting a clear understanding difficult to gain.

Most...

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The Gangs Of Readers In Prison

Posted July 26, 2010 | 16:20:48 (EST)

Prison is a world divided up along a series of arbitrary lines. Different races won't even speak to each other in some places. Men of the same race, but of different geographical locations will shun one another, and occasionally try to kill each other, based on longitude and latitude points....

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Reading In Prison: Why I Need To Know

Posted May 3, 2010 | 11:24:16 (EST)

On my locker is a stack of books that fills the space between the lower and upper metal boxes bolted to the wall. In a world too often devoid of books, my collection of heavy, hardbound reference works is a source of constant attention from my fellow prisoners and the...

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Reading In Prison: Ten Books; No Hard Covers

Posted December 30, 2009 | 13:29:52 (EST)

People send me books all the time. They read articles I've published and assume I would enjoy something else to read. In this age of instantaneous, one-click online shopping, it's easy. And fun, I suppose.

What folks don't know is I'm restricted to ten books, no hard covers.

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The Power of Books in Prison

Posted October 21, 2009 | 10:07:42 (EST)

The first time I read Solzhenitsyn's The Cancer Ward I was in the hole for inciting a riot. At the time, I'd served only the first ten years of my life without the possibility of parole sentence. The stark scenes of medical torture performed in dismal Soviet hospitals paralleled my...

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