Tag Archives: Books That Have Made A Difference

Thank You – Created a Literary Monster

“There was a young inmate here who just got his GED and had never read a book from cover to cover. Sharing “The Lightning Thief” with him has created a literary monster. He is now a nonstop reader and is reading his sixth book!”

– a prisoner from Florida

Thank You – I will take that Malcolm X book with me to my grave.

You all are like family to me. I will take that Malcolm X book with me to my grave.

– a prisoner from Florence, CO

Essay – The dictionary: a significant asset in prison

The Prison Book Program is so overwhelmingly important to prisoners in the correctional facilities because it helps us prisoners build our mental perspective on life. I mean lets face it, a lot of inmates have a “cowboys and Indians” approach or outlook on life. When an inmate reads a book or anybody for that matter, their immediate actions and decisions are largely determined by the ideas and points given in the book. When a person reads a book not only is their actions influenced but their emotions are influenced as well.

Essay – Books of Joy

I am a 58 year old white male doing 20 flat years in a Louisiana prison. I came from a very dysfunctional home in Kentucky. I started out life more or less as a functional illiterate child with very little education. Somehow, I did manage to get a 8th grade education. It was years later that I realized that I need more education in order to survive in the “real world”. I learned that having a good education meant having a good job and a place in life itself.

Essay – Webster’s Dictionary Has Made an Impact on Me

Prison is an environment that can either help us grow intellectually or fall farther away from learning. Prisoners therefore have a choice, read and learn, maintain a former way of thinking, or digress farther away from learning.