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Reading in Prison

The Gangs Of Readers In Prison

Kenneth Hartman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kenneth Hartman

In here, like out there I think, what books you've read lately is a kind of cultural Rorschach test that determines what crew you belong to, what you stand for and believe in.

Reading In Prison: Why I Need To Know

Kenneth Hartman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kenneth Hartman

In these places, it's too easy to allow the concrete walls to suffocate our minds, our curiosity. When that happens, human beings die in a profound way.

Reading In Prison: Ten Books; No Hard Covers

Kenneth Hartman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kenneth Hartman

In an atmosphere as poisoned as the criminal justice world, the restrictions that made any sense at all ran out fast. Somewhere along the way, hardcover books were deemed potentially dangerous.

The Power of Books in Prison

Kenneth Hartman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kenneth Hartman

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.