Across the United States, locked tight behind high walls of deadly electrified fences, are more than 41,000 men and women sentenced to die. These are their stories of brutality and beauty, of violence and virtue, of the neverending quest of all human beings to make sense of the lives they are leading. Life without the possibility of parole, the other death penalty, is a sentence condemned by virtually all other countries embraced here in the land of the free. If you're interested in the truth about crime and punishment in America this anthology of writings from behind the walls is a must for you. If you care about the Constitution's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment, this collection should be for you. If you value writing straight from the heart, stories that hit hard, literature that leaves you breathless and thinking, this book was written for you.
Kenneth E. Hartman, author of the award-winning memoir Mother California: A Story of Redemption Behind Bars (Atlas & Co, 2008), remains in prison serving the other death penalty, continues to work to bring redemption behind bars, and strives to be happy.