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Best Prison Books: The Ultimate Collection

Looking for the best Prison books? Browse our list to find excellent book recommendations on the subject.

Federal Prison Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Surviving the Federal Bureau of Prisons (2017)

 Best Prison Books: The Ultimate CollectionIncarceration can be cruel for prisoners and their loved ones. Learn what to expect and make the best of this time by staying safe and building a life behind bars. The Federal Prison Handbook teaches everything you need to know to protect yourself and survive the system, compiled by a college-educated federal inmate turned corrections consultant.
Author(s): Christopher Zoukis

Prison Ramen: Recipes and Stories from Behind Bars (2015)

 Best Prison Books: The Ultimate CollectionA unique and edgy cookbook, Prison Ramen takes readers behind bars with more than 65 ramen recipes and stories of prison life from the inmate/cooks who devised them, including celebrities like Slash from Guns n’ Roses and the actor Shia LaBeouf. Instant ramen is a ubiquitous food, beloved by anyone looking for a cheap, tasty bite—including prisoners, who buy it at the commissary and use it as the building block for all sorts of meals.
Author(s): Collins Jr., Clifton, Gustavo “Goose” Alvarez, et al.

The Prison (2019)

 Best Prison Books: The Ultimate Collection“The Prison is an exciting murder mystery led by amateur sleuth Shell Ferguson, who uncovers clues in disarming and lively ways. A brilliant novel!” –Michael Hartnett, bestselling author of The Blue RatShell Ferguson visits his incarcerated grandson Cal with tragic news: his daughter, wife, and grandmother have perished in a fire. Cal must rely on his grandfather to uncover the suspicious circumstances of the blaze, as clues unfold to establish his innocence.
Author(s): Joe Edd Morris

Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison (2017)

 Best Prison Books: The Ultimate CollectionShaka Senghor was raised in a middle class neighborhood on Detroit’s east side during the height of the 1980s crack epidemic. An honor roll student and a natural leader, he dreamed of becoming a doctor—but at age 11, his parents’ marriage began to unravel, and the beatings from his mother worsened, sending him on a downward spiral that saw him run away from home, turn to drug dealing to survive, and end up in prison for murder at the age of 19, fuming with anger and despair.
Author(s): Shaka Senghor

The Real Prison Diaries ()

 Best Prison Books: The Ultimate CollectionIn 2014, Mackenzie Basham dropped her little boy off at her Mother’s house on a Friday night, and never returned. The following week her family saw 19-year-old Mackenzie’s mug shot on the local evening news channel, she has not been home since. This is the true story of Mackenzie’s mother’s personal diaries to her daughter through years of her incarceration, and Mackenzie’s letters written back.
Author(s): Judy Fris| Jul 21, 2019

From Prison to Purpose: A Journey to Answering Life’s Greatest Question (2015)

 Best Prison Books: The Ultimate CollectionSteve Hopper is a good kid who loves football; and, as he grows up, so does his passion for the sport. High school presents an opportunity for him to fulfill a lifelong dream and play football at the college level. But Hopper shatters this dream in one split second when he finds himself in a fight at a party gone wrong. One swing sends another teen into a coma—and sends Hopper to prison for a decade.
Author(s): Steve Hopper

Surviving the Stress: a gift for a loved one in jail or prison (2015)

 Best Prison Books: The Ultimate CollectionDo you have a loved one in jail or prison, a brother, a father, a son, a friend? This book is for them, something you can send them to keep them busy, to give them something to do, to motivate them to improve themselves while doing their time. This book can put their feet on the right path. Inside you will find Sudoku and Hangman, Word searches and Unscramble, Word puzzlers and Geometry puzzles. You will find Bible verses like Isaiah 41:10 and Proverbs 18:13.
Author(s): C. Mahoney

Prison Saved My Life (2018)

 Best Prison Books: The Ultimate CollectionHave you ever been at the end of your rope? Have you ever felt the bottom fall out of your life? Have you ever felt completely and utterly hopeless? Have you ever felt rejected by this world sometimes even by the very people who are supposed to love you? Have you ever done something so horrible that the biggest punishment there seems to be is simply having to live with the knowledge that you did it? Have you ever wondered what s the point of this confusing and often painful life?
Author(s): Louis Dooley;Heidi Gruber O’Very

Letters and Papers from Prison: New Greatly Enlarged Edition (1976)

 Best Prison Books: The Ultimate CollectionPaperback Publisher: SCM Press; Enlarged Edition edition (1976) ASIN: B000GSB79O Package Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies) Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,747,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #369081 in Religion & Spirituality (Books) Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Author(s): Dietrich BONHOEFFER

Best Prison Books: The Ultimate Collection

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some prison books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

White Nights. The story of a prisoner in Russia

Author(s): Menachem Begin
ID: 2688752, Publisher: , Year: 6.4.2013, Size: 860 Kb, Format: fb2

The Master Plan: My Journey from Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose

Author(s): Chris Wilson, Bret Witter
ID: 2325289, Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Year: 5 Feb 2019, Size: 11 Mb, Format: epub

Migrating to Prison: America’s Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants

Author(s): César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández
ID: 2445861, Publisher: The New Press, Year: 3 Dec 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are really record-breakers according to Chicago Tribune, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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