Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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Foreword

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pp. xi-xii

Joseph W. Grant (or, the man formerly known as prisoner #84219, FCI Leavenworth) has completed a work of history, first-person, of the days when the imprisoned were known as “prisoners,” not “inmates.” Notably, the latter term rarely enters his narrative. He writes...

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Editor’s Preface

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pp. xiii-xix

If you believe in predestination, and there are definitely times when I do—although at other times I call it vibes, karma, luck, a major coincidence, going with the flow, and the Yiddish b’shert (It was meant to be)—I’m the guy about whom God said...

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Introduction

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pp. xxi-xxiv

The courage that the four-volume Voices from the Underground Series celebrates is ancient. That it details the times of our lives is happenstance. The writers included in this series fought the Vietnam-era war machine with an assault of words and...

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Stop the Presses! I Want to Get Off!: A Brief History of the Prisoners’ Digest International

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pp. 1-200

Penal Digest International. The PDI. A newspaper with two purposes: to provide prisoners with a voice that prison authorities could not silence, and to establish lines of communication between prisoners and people in the free world. At one point the staff chose to change...

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Into the Future: Rambling Thoughts as I Bring This Story Up to Date

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pp. 201-211

It didn’t take long to learn about job openings. Bob Beecroft, with Mutual Radio in D.C., called me with a description of a job with an organization called Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR) in Charlottesville, Virginia. They flew me to D.C. to meet the board of directors. They...

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Afterword

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pp. 213-215

The United States has had prison publications almost as long as it has had prisons. There are two types of prison publications: the “in-house” prison press, which is published and supported by the state while prisoners are the nominal writers and...

About the Authors

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pp. 217-218

Index

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pp. 219-233