Are you a prison loved one in search of support for yourself, your kids and other family and friends of the incarcerated? There are numerous support groups for us, including forums like prisontalk.com. There are also many books written by, to, for and about those of us on the outside who support prison inmates.
Here is a list of books written just for prison families, wives, parents, kids and more. Check it out below:
PRISON BOOKS FOR FAMILIES
Prison Wives Books
This book contains the stories of eight women: Leah, Sarah, Nicole, Elizabeth, Daisy, J-nae, Tammie, and Jerri as they tell about how they came to have a loved one in prison, the difficulties that they’ve faced, and the ways that they have made it through. These women are wives, fiancés, girlfriends, and mothers.
A true story about love and heartbreak, trust and betrayal, a shattered marriage, and beginning again. In this memoir, Jennifer Burman recounts in raw and honest detail how her seemingly picture-perfect life was turned upside down when her husband was convicted and sentenced to prison for 16 years for white collar crime—and how she strives to build a healthy future for herself and her daughters.
Broken Silence is my inner voice that I keep quiet for the majority of every day. It is the inner thoughts, fears, struggles, joys, heartbreaks, and false judgements I have as the wife of a convicted felon.
From their harrowing portrayal of the ravages of addiction to the stunning chain of events that led to Graham’s arrest and imprisonment at Rikers Island, Chancers unfolds in alternating chapters that offer two perspectives on a relationship that ultimately endures against long odds. Susan follows Graham down the rabbit hole of the American criminal justice system, determined to keep him from becoming another casualty of the war on drugs. Graham gives a stark, riveting description of his slide from brownstone Brooklyn to a prison cell, his gut-wrenching efforts to get clean, and his fight to avoid getting exiled far away from his son and the life he built over twenty years.
The hundreds of thousands of wives and partners of current, former, and future inmates; families, friends and loved ones of current, former, and future inmates; criminal justice professionals; and anyone interested in the corrections system and/or the betterment of society all will find this book indispensable. How to Love and Inspire Your Man After Prison is the first definitive guide for helping women to helping women men in and after prison. It is a potentially life-changing or life-saving manual with powerful insights, practical advice and energizing inspiration.
A book to support prison marriages. Pastor J. Carter is telling her story of marriage an inmate in prison while dealing with backlash from the Christian community.
Three years ago Mel Jacob’s life took an unexpected twist when her husband was jailed for selling a crossbow and an antique rifle through his online mail-order business. He was a man who’d never even got a speeding ticket, someone who’d wait for the light to turn to green before crossing the road. Now he was facing a four year sentence in a prison world that was utterly alien to everything he’d known before, and his wife and two young children were facing not just a life without a husband and father, but navigating the uncharted waters of having a husband and father doing jail time.
Being involved with a man that is incarcerated takes a toll on a woman and her family. What was once a happy home has now been torn apart due to an ignorant decision made by her significant other. This book is based on the trials and tribulations of being involved with men in the prison system and how they remain strong when it comes to being faithful, keeping sane and making ends meet.
This journal is designed for couples who seek to maintain a relationship when one partner is incarcerated. Separated by Prison, United by Conviction- a journal consists of over 250 simple, yet thought-provoking questions to aid couples in keeping their families together despite incarceration. Questions include: When loving someone through distance and time, what skills must one have? What are your expectations for homecoming?
Prison Mother and Father Books
For the nearly 2 million children in the United States whose parents are in prison, caretaking necessary for optimal development is disrupted. These vulnerable youth—a population that has shot up 80 percent in the last 20 years—are more likely to experience learning difficulties, poor health, and substance abuse, and eventually be incarcerated themselves. Addressing the needs of children with imprisoned parents is urgent from corrections, child welfare, health care, and education perspectives. Children of Incarcerated Parents integrates a diverse literature, pulling together rigorous scholarship from criminology, sociology, law, psychiatry, social work, nursing, psychology, human development, and family studies. Researchers, practitioners, and policymakers will find in this volume here new directions for research and policies that will improve these children’s life chances.
Clarissa Pettaway has waited five years for her father to come home from prison. When the day finally arrives, her mother makes a special dinner, and her father calls her his favorite names: Oh, Clarissa, Sissy, Sassafrass Girl, I’m never gonna leave you again. Soon, however, Clarissa discovers it isn’t all that easy for people who have been incarcerated to rejoin their families and reenter society. Clarissa has to learn to cope with the reality of her father being out of prison, and all of the confusing, conflicting emotions it creates in her. Two books in one, Clarissa’s Disappointment combines a moving children’s story with resources to assist the families, teachers and counselors of children of incarcerated parents.
Coping With Prison A Child With Parents In Prison: an inside view of the life of a child of incarcerated parentsA look into the effects of parental incarceration on children left behind with take away points for caregivers, educators, mentors, professionals who work with children of incarcerated parents.
An estimated 2.3 million children in the United States have a parent in prison-children whose lives are filled with a unique kind of instability and uncertainty. These children are themselves victims of their parents’ crimes, members of a neglected segment of our population who are potentially damaged by stigma and shame and who are at risk of being pulled into a vicious cycle of future criminality and deviant social behavior. In Loving Through Bars: Children with Parents in Prison, Cynthia Martone offers a searing and poignant view of these unfortunate kids, presenting their particular plights through a series of stories.
Parenting From Prison is a hands-on, practical guide that walks an incarcerated parent through the preparation and process of becoming a vital, positive, encouraging parent to their child. The book contains a sample parenting plan and activities that will help you to maintain a closer connection to their child. As an incarcerated parent, you can have a strong relationship with your child, despite the challenges you both may face. Parenting From Prison shows you how to provide your child with the love, emotional support, and encouragement that are of critical importance to them.
Prison Loved One Books
Re-entry guide for newly released prisoner and his family, written by a released prisoner that went from being completely institutionalized after 15 years in prison like most of us, to fully self reliant member of society. What to expect from new freedom, Halfway house, Probation Office, Where to find work for ex cons, What’s allowed for us to do and what is not. How not to get in trouble with your PO Where to get cheap housing, free food, free clothes. Free medical insurance, free cell phone, free internet, free home phone and much much more. Written for prisoners by one of their own. Not cops, church or a nonprofit org. No agenda, no bias, just help for our people.
The book examines the needs of the many different types of prisoner: the vulnerable, the violent. The mentally ill, the sexually deviant, the suicidal, the educationally disadvantaged, and those considered highly dangerous to society. This examination includes those held on remand and on judges’ remand, civil prisoners. Convicts, deportees and life sentence prisoners. This authoritative book, endorsed by the Chief Inspector of Prisons, explains clearly and succinctly, in user-friendly language, all you need to know to work with prisoners and to avoid coming into conflict with those responsible for administering the penal system.
Children can experience many emotions when a parent is in jail or prison. They may be angry, sad, lonely, or scared. Sometimes friends act differently toward them. Sometimes the children begin acting differently too. In this important book, young readers will learn that even when it feels like nothing can get better again, there are ways they can improve their circumstances.
It’s a process, and it will take time for your loved one to decompress from the routine of prison and navigate the new normal outside the cell. But there is hope and healing for your relationship as you rebuild your life together. Released offers practical steps to help you and your loved with the challenges you may face-from finding employment to learning to trust again.
Many people have family or friends that have been incarcerated and they struggle to know how to help them. They don’t want to enable them, but they also don’t know how to help keep them out of jail. We know we can’t make them do right, but we wonder how many times they are going to have to be in and out of jail to finally learn how to stay out of jail. This book is written to help you to know what to do as a family member to help your loved one to get out of jail and to stay out of jail.
An old proverb holds that “It takes a village to raise a child.” This is a powerful reminder that human beings are not islands. We all need a community of loved ones to help us weather the storms of life. This is particularly true of those who have violated the law and are incarcerated for their actions. They face a storm of problems, often with little hope of rescue. They need a village—parents, spouses, siblings, extended family, friends, and others—to help them deal with their problems, straighten out their lives, and stay out of prison in the future. Nurturing Peace helps you be that village.
This manual is in dedication to those who have loved ones that are incarcerated. It is also meant for everyone who wants to inspire themselves. This material will encourage you to become creative, help you tape into your SELF, and help you find the innermost talents and skills that you never knew you had. I know that once you stop and give this source of creation great thought, it will be fun and exciting. You will develop a plan to achieve your financial desires, for that loved and yourself.
Prison Children’s Books
This book describes the effect of imprisonment on the prisoner and the family, and discusses life in jail, the criminal justice system, parole, women prisoners, and the value of counseling for family members.
When someone you love goes to jail, you might feel lost, scared, and even mad. This colorfully illustrated book lets children know that they are not alone in this situation. It offers age appropriate explanations to help with difficult conversations. Told from the experience of a rabbit, this picture book is intended to make a parent’s incarceration a little less frightening.
PRISON STRUGGLE BOOKS
Ex-Prisoner Employment Books
There are two types of barriers that can hinder an excon’s successful re-entry into society. There are those created by public policy and public attitude. However, in too many cases, there are also those barriers he creates for himself by lacking a plan, the right attitude, or the personal commitment to see it through. “How to Do Good After Prison” is a practical guide of advice, insight, and motivation to help ex-prisoners overcome the barriers and succeed after prison.
A step-by-step approach written specifically for ex-offenders that will take you through the process of finding a job. We offer tips and techniques to help you be more effective and give you the encouragement you need to reach your final goal — a job that is a good fit for you and the employer.
Just because someone has a felony conviction does not necessarily make him or her a bad person. Unfortunately, most employers do not understand this distinction. This guide will help ex-cons and their families by providing important information you can use to find employment plus it explains background checks, how to deal with a conviction during an interview and much more that will help you after your release from jail or prison. Order your copy now and take the first step toward a new life.
Prison Success Books
The United States has the largest criminal justice system in the world, with currently over 7 million adults and juveniles in jail, prison, or community custody. Because they spend enough time in prison to disrupt their connections to their families and their communities, they are not prepared for the difficult and often life-threatening process of reentry. As a result, the percentage of these people who return to a life of crime and additional prison time escalates each year. Beyond Bars is the most current, practical, and comprehensive guide for ex-convicts and their families about managing a successful reentry into the community.
The Dedicated Ex-Prisoner’s Guide to Life and Success on the Outside is a 10-rule guidebook for the ex-prisoner who is determined to be successful once released and offers invaluable information on how to overcome the odds of returning to prison. If followed, the advice and suggestions offered in this guide will prove very helpful to all ex-prisoners who are serious about getting out of prison and not ever going back.
From Prison to the Penthouse is the riveting tale of Myrio Lemons, a man perplexed, vexed, pulled, torn, entrenched and tempted by the Atlanta fast life, living the life of his dreams. As the glue that held the family together, his mother did her best to ingrain values and shield her children from the snares of the Atlanta streets. Perhaps it was the absence of his father or maybe it was the recognition that the streets so readily offer. But, before long, Myrio is deep into what his mother feared most–a life of crime. This life affords him a lavish lifestyle but it won’t last. Packed with exciting twists, turns and challenges, this real-life drama tackles the “big issues” many young males face, teaching the ultimate lessons of survival, hope and redemption.
An engaging writer, Chuck Terry presents this powerful study on the tremendous obstacles that drug addicts drifting in and out of prison must overcome in order to get clean and “make it” in society. Thoroughly researched and based on sound theory, this text covers how societal reaction to drugs and addiction shape criminal policy and behavior. Terry’s powerful voice as a writer brings each of “the fellas” to life as he tells their story on how they became addicts and documents their on going struggle with addiction—both in and out of prison. Terry follows the story of “the fellas” as they beat the odds, get clean, and try to make a better life for themselves.
Ever wonder what a man thinks when he can’t provide for himself? Have you ever thought about what will happen to a man when taken out of his comfort zone? What happens when his body is incarcerated and his mind roams free. Take a journey thru the eyes of a man born and raised in Jacksonville, FL. After being a resident of the Department of Corrections only two things happen. You become better or worse because you will never be the same. Poetry became his escape from the insanity that surrounded him. The pen and paper became the release of anger and frustration. Now it’s time to share it with the world.
Informative Prison Books
Michael G. Santos, a federal prisoner nearing the end of his second decade of continuous confinement, documents the lives of the men warehoused in the American prison system. Inside: Life Behind Bars in America, his first book for the general public, takes us behind those bars and into the chaos of the cellblock. Capturing the voices of his fellow prisoners with perfect pitch, Santos makes the tragic―and at times inspiring―stories of men from the toughest gang leaders to the richest Wall Street criminals come alive.
After the publication of the bestselling Letters to a Young Brother, accomplished actor and speaker Hill Harper began to receive an increasing number of moving letters from inmates who yearned for a connection with a successful role model. With disturbing statistics on African-American incarceration rates on his mind, Harper set out to address the specific needs of inmates.
Lockdown America not only documents the horrors and absurdities of militarized policing, prisons, a fortified border, and the federalization of the war on crime, it also explains the political and economic history behind the massive crackdown. This updated edition includes an afterword on the War on Terror, a meditation on surveillance and the specter of terrorism as they help reanimate the criminal justice attack. Written in vivid prose, Lockdown America will propel readers toward a deeper understanding of the links between crime and politics in a period of gathering economic crisis.
The fall from politico to prisoner isn’t necessarily long, but the landing, as Missouri State Senator Jeff Smith learned, is a hard one. In 2009, Smith pleaded guilty to a seemingly minor charge of campaign malfeasance and earned himself a year and one day in Kentucky’s FCI Manchester. Mr. Smith Goes to Prison is the fish-out-of-water story of his time in the big house; of the people he met there and the things he learned. In Mr. Smith Goes to Prison, he traces the cracks in America’s prison walls, exposing the shortcomings of a racially-based cycle of poverty and crime that sets inmates up to fail.
At thirteen, he became involved with the distribution of illegal drugs and eventually served ten years in prison. From nineteen-years old until he was twenty-nine, Christian was locked away from society with nothing to do but think. All that time could have been wasted…but Christian took an unusual path: he graduated from Marion Technical College for business management with a 3.83 GPA and dedicated himself to improving his own life and the lives of those around him. Upon leaving prison, he beat the odds. And in Prison without Bars, a guide for those who want to take value from prison time, Christian shares practical advice about prison education, support groups, and some deeply moving personal revelations.
An accessible yet wide-ranging historical primer, The Struggle Within discusses how mass imprisonment has been a state-sponsered tool of repression deployed against diverse, left-wing social movements over the last 50 years. Author Dan Berger goes on to examine some of the most dynamic social movements across half a century, including black liberation, Puerto Rican independence, Native American sovereignty, Chicano radicalism, white antiracist and working-class mobilizations, pacifist and antinuclear campaigns, earth liberation, and animal rights.
Through the lens of her groundbreaking symbolic imprisonment, grief, and Coping Theory (SIG-C), Dr. Avon Hart-Johnson takes us on a journey of discovery in the lives of African American women with incarcerated mates. Through the women’s voices, she conveys their grief, personal and societal challenges, and prison visitation experiences. She shares how this phenomenon of SIG-C may be challenging to recognize in women, prone to masking their pain and suffering.
Between 1975 and 2007, the American incarceration rate increased nearly fivefold, a historic increase that puts the United States in a league of its own among advanced economies. We incarcerate more people today than we ever have, and we stand out as the nation that most frequently uses incarceration to punish those who break the law. What factors explain the dramatic rise in incarceration rates in such a short period of time? In Why Are So Many Americans in Prison? Steven Raphael and Michael A. Stoll analyze the shocking expansion of America’s prison system and illustrate the pressing need to rethink mass incarceration in this country.
LIFE IN PRISON BOOKS
Kerry Cook is an innocent man who wrongly served two decades in Texas’s notorious death house for the brutal 1977 rape and murder of 21-year-old Linda Jo Edwards. His struggle for freedom is said to be one of the worst cases of police and prosecutorial misconduct in American history. Through the work of a crusading group of lawyers who forced a series of retrials, his case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ordered the case be reconsidered. It wasn’t until the spring of 1999 that Cook was finally able to put the nightmare behind him: long-suppressed DNA evidence had linked James Mayfield, Linda Edwards’s ex-lover, to the crime.
Father Arseny, 1893-1973: Priest, Prisoner, Spiritual Father : Being the Narratives Compiled by the Servant of God Alexander Concerning His Spiritual Father
It is one of the great mysteries of life that in atmospheres of the harshest cruelty, a certain few not only survive but emerge as beacons of light and life. Father Arseny, former scholar of church art, became Prisoner No. 18736 in the brutal ‘special sector’ of the Soviet prison camp system. In the darkness of systematic degradation of body and soul, he shone with the light of Christ’s peace and compassion.
The United States of America has more people behind bars than any other country in the world and every year nearly 700,000 prisoners get released back into society, the largest percentage of them being black males. “Getting Out & Staying Out” is a short, easy to read set of guidelines intended to help incarcerated and newly freed African-American men (a) learn how to most productively do their time while in prison (b) know what to expect once they are released (c) understand that entrepreneurship and self-employment is what their long-term focus should be on instead of a job, and (d) understand the importance of stable relationships and how they aid in successful re-entry.
Ink from the Pen is the story of an educated, HIV+ gay man whose decades-long walk on the wild side came crashing down in 2004, when he found himself facing nine months in prison for dealing the crystal meth he’d become addicted to during the worst of the AIDS epidemic. An accomplished writer, Olmsted soon discovered his love of words was precisely what would get him through the experience. With a keen eye for the finely-observed detail and an unerring capacity to deftly convey the poignancy and absurdities of incarceration, Mark learned that creativity is one of the most powerful survival tools there is.
The Prison Angel: Mother Antonia’s Journey from Beverly Hills to a Life of Service in a Mexican Jail
The winners of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting tell the astonishing story of Mary Clarke. At the age of fifty, Clarke left her comfortable life in suburban Los Angeles to follow a spiritual calling to care for the prisoners in one of Mexico’s most notorious jails. She actually moved into a cell to live among drug king pins and petty thieves. She has led many of them through profound spiritual transformations in which they turned away from their lives of crime, and has deeply touched the lives of all who have witnessed the depth of her compassion.
Even at twelve years old Deborah Jiang Stein, the adopted daughter of a progressive Jewish couple in Seattle, felt like an outsider. Her multiracial features set her apart from her well-intentioned white parents, who evaded questions about her past. But when Deborah discovered a letter revealing the truth–that she was born in prison to a heroin-addicted mother and spent the first year of her life there–she spiraled into emotional lockdown. For years she turned to drugs, violence, and crime as a way to cope with her grief. Ultimately, Deborah overcame the stigma, shame, and secrecy of her birth and found peace by helping others–proving that redemption and acceptance is possible, even from the darkest corners.
Redemption is Stacey’s candid memoir of her harrowing childhood and the pain and protective love of her sister that led her to that horrifying night. It is also an extraordinary portrait of what happened after she found herself in prison and how she grew determined to live positively, even triumphantly, despite her circumstances.
The Upside of Fear exposes you to the harsh reality of a criminal life and creates a riveting portrait of true crime at its fundamental level–from buying the duct tape for an armed robbery to saving the life of a prison guard. Long recounts his harrowing journey of self-discovery and how he went from being a drunk in a jail cell to the CEO of a multimillion dollar business. Twenty years of drinking, drugging, robbing, and lying led him to more than a decade of time spent in prisons, jails, and halfway houses–and a strained relationship with a son he barely knew.
Based on the acclaimed success of the GOGI Campus Reentry Pilot Project, Women In Prison: Women Finding Freedom explores the program’s simple tools for finding internal freedom. More than 150 detained women participated in the GOGI Campus Reentry Pilot Project held at the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department Century Regional Detention Facility for Women. Hailed as “a little miracle,” the GOGI Campus project has set the course for community collaboration reentry projects and is labeled as a shining example of “best practices” in prison education and reentry programs. Through the inmates’ contributions in art, poetry and inspirational life stories, the reader can explore the simple elegance of the GOGI Tools through the success of the original “GOGI Girls”.
Occupying a position among legends, Al Capone is a name made synonymous with the secret world and the celebrity life of a mafia capo crimine. This book is the beginning of a series about the lives of other legendary US gangsters. This biography traces the humble beginnings of Capone and how the code of Omerta protected him and his activities. You will discover the inner workings and culture of the Capone regime, how layers of secrecy and security created the Outfit that allowed him to rule Chicago with his iron grip. Find out how he was finally caught, imprisoned and fell from grace. Know what happened to the vacant throne he left upon his death and how his legacy endures even until today. Know more than the legend but also the man. Misunderstood and misinterpreted, you be the judge on the life of Al Capone.