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Prisoner Self-Help

BUILDING SELF-ESTEEM
For Convicts, Juvenile Delinquents and Criminal Offenders

by Ed Poindexter
(ISBN 0938609-56-4)
This book was written to motivate the at-risk and incarcerated to change their behavior by guiding them to an improved level of self-esteem. The reader will learn what all successful people have in common; to assess his or her level of confidence; the signs of low self-esteem; to motivate him/herself to achieve; and to improve and build his/her self-esteem. Chapters include a recommended reading list, 63 tips for building self-esteem, frequently asked questions, and more.
 

THE CELLBLOCK GOURMET
Inmate Recipes from The Big House

by Gary K. Farlow, J.D.
(ISBN 1-934048-15-3)
A unique collection of recipes created by a talented and creative inmate chef.
A portion of the profits from the sale of this book will be donated to the Innocence Project.
CRIMINAL PROCEDURE AND THE RIGHTS OF DEFENDANTS: FROM ARREST TO APPEAL
by Cristopher Buckham
(ISBN 978-1-934048-25-2)
This book is intended for everyone who has an interest in the rights of criminal defendants: judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and defendants. It is a comprehensive resource on the subject.
DOIN' TIME: HOW TO SURVIVE AND THRIVE IN PRISON
by Gary Farlow, J.D.
(ISBN 978-1-034048-20-7))
Speaking from experience, Gary Farlow sets out clear ideas to help any inmate to not only survive, but also to thrive, in prison. A must-read book for every inmate.
FEDERAL STATUTES AND COMMENTARY ON PRISONER'S RIGHTS
by Cristopher Buckham
(ISBN 978-1-034048-18-4)

A one-volume compendium of all federal statutes relating to the rights of prisoners. Also provided is a commentary on each of the statutes.

A GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL PLEA BARGAINING
by Brett Fenster, Esq. 
(ISBN 0-938609-32-7)

This book will help criminal lawyers and students of the criminal justice system, but it is written for, and is especially helpful to, the “pro se” defendant charged with criminal conduct. It is the distillation of many years of working within and outside the judicial system.


HOW TO APPLY FOR A PARDON
by Roger Jewell 
(ISBN 0-938609-81-5)

This valuable resource is designed to help prisoners, parolees, probationers and offenders prepare their case for a presentation to their attorney. It contains a sample letter of recommendation, a sample application for commutation or reprieve, a state-by-state list of regulations, a directory of pardon attorneys, sample forms for pardons and commutations, and form and instruction samples.

The author obtained his law degree from the University of La Verne (California) in 1984. He writes about pardons from personal experience. At the age of 19, he was convicted of misdemeanor theft. After successfully completing probation, Mr. Jewell applied for and was granted a new judgment of not guilty pursuant to California Penal Code Section 1203.4. He stresses to readers the importance of clearing criminal records to the furthest extent possible since any conviction can otherwise result in a lifetime of unpleasant consequences.


HOW TO HELP A LOVED ONE IN PRISON
by Sharie Rae 
(ISBN 0-934048-01-1)

The author wrote this book in an effort to assist people in understanding and, therefore, helping loved ones who are incarcerated. Readers will gain insight into the lives of inmates so that they can offer them encouragement and support while they are imprisoned, when they are making the transition from prison to society, and when they are released. Research included reviewing a wealth of information on the topic and conducting numerous interviews and communications with current and former inmates.

LIFE IN PRISON: Digging in and Getting Started
by Timothy R. Pauley
(ISBN 0938609-88-2)

This is a practical guide designed to help the newly incarcerated make the transition from free society to the subculture of prison. It will give the reader the tools necessary to shape a better future than one determined through blind trial and error.
The author of Life in Prison has served over 25 years in five different prisons. The material in this book comes from his personal experience and from observing other inmates. By writing this book, he is offering the reader the advantage of seeing what is ahead and dealing with it in the best possible way.
Chapters cover a variety of topics, including ethics, prisoner and staff “games”, hustles, communication, goals, education, fitness and health, personal growth opportunities, creative outlets, relationships, problem solving, stress management and mentoring.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEWLY RELEASED OFFENDERS, 2nd, revised edition
by Josh Hoekstra 
(ISBN 0-938609-60-2)

An outstanding reference book that provides an invaluable tool for those in prison or jail, on parole or probation who seek employment opportunities. It offers suggestions for obtaining employment, aid, benefits, business loans, and free or inexpensive correspondence instruction. This groundbreaking reference work motivates “at risk” individuals in a constructive manner.

PRISONER FORMS: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO WRITING EFFECTIVE LETTERS, MOTIONS AND BRIEFS
by Cristopher Buckham
(ISBN 978-1-934048-24-5))

A complete set of state and federal prisoner forms, including letters, resumes, will forms, power of attorney forms, parole application and parole plan forms, sentence reduction forms, detainer forms, criminal and civil forms, habeas corpus forms, post-conviction forms, and appeal forms.

REENTRY PROGRAMS FOR INMATES IN STATE PRISONS
by Abigail I. Mailly & Bob Whitman
(ISBN 978-1-034048-17-7)

A comprehensive view of the reentry programs being given in the prisons of each state of the United States. In one volume, this material allows the reader to become informed about all available programs so that ideas being tried in other states can be evaluated and, if appropriate, adopted.

TURN YOUR LIFE AROUND IN PRISON
by Alfred Jones, PhD 
(ISBN 0-934548-07-0)
This book is designed to help any prison inmate to gain a positive experience while incarcerated.

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Last modified: March 31, 2013