Jack Henry Abbott : In the Belly of the Beast: letters from prison

First Vintage Books Edition; New York; 1982

* 1944, † 2002

Charge: Perjury
Prison: Marion Federal Prison, illinois (Map)

"I've wanted somehow to convey to you the sensations- the atmospheric pressure, you might say- of what it is to be seriously a long-term prisoner in an american prison. That sentence does not adequately say what i mean. I've wanted to convey to you what it means to be in prison after a childhood spent in penal institutions. To be in prison so long, its difficult to remember exactly what you did to get there." (p. 3)

Other prison writings by the author:

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