Reading List for People working with the Incarcerated Population

Recommended Reading for Prison Work put together by me.

This is a very general reading list.

Many of these can be categorized under more than one heading.

Please share this with anyone you know who is interested in working with the incarcerated.

 

Dharma/Meditation   

 

-Freeing the Angry Mind; How Men can use Mindfulness and Reason to Save Their Lives and Relationships

Peter Bankart, Ph.D.

 

-That Bird Has My Wings-The Autobiography of an Innocent Man on Death Row

Jarvis Jay Masters

 

-Finding Freedom; Writings from Death Row

Jarvis Jay Masters

 

-Just Another Spiritual Book

Bo Lozoff

 

-It’s a Meaningful Life-It Just Takes Practice

Bo Lozoff

 

-We’re All Doing Time

Bo Lozoff

 

-Letters From The Dhamma Brothers

Jenny Phillips

 

-Razor Wire Dharma-A Buddhist Live in Prison

Calvin Malone

 

-Sitting Inside; Buddhist Practice in America’s Prisons

Kobai Scott Whitney

 

-Dharma in Hell: The Prison Writings of Fleet Maull

Fleet Maull

 

Prison Culture

 

-Prison Ministry; Understanding Prison Culture Inside and Out

Lennie Spitale

 

-Newjack; Guarding Sing Sing

Ted Conover

 

-Fourth City-Essays From the Prison in America

edited by Doran Larson

 

-From the Big House to Your House-

Misc Authors

 

Crossing the Yard; Thirty Years as a Prison Volunteer

Richard Shelton

 

-Wilderness and Razor Wire; a naturalist’s observations from prison

-Ken Lamberton

 

-Inside: Life Behind Bars in America

Michael G. Santos

 

-Disguised as a Poem; My Years Teaching Poetry at San Quentin

Judith Tannenbaum

 

-By Heart; Poetry, Prison and Two Lives

Judith Tannenbaum and Spoon Jackson

 

-Serving Time, Serving Others: Acts of Kindness by Inmates, Prison Staff, Victims and Volunteers

Tom and Laura Lagana

 

-Women in Prison-Inside the Concrete Womb

Kathryn Watterson

 

Inside the Broken California Prison System

Boston Woodard

 

-Restorative Justice/ Corrections/Criminology

 

Corrections, Peacemaking and Restorative Justice: Transforming Individuals and Institutions

Michael Braswell, et al

 

-The Little Book of Restorative Justice

Howard Zehr

 

The Rise and Fall of California’s Radical Prison Movement

Cummins, Eric

 

-The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Punishment

  1. Richard Snyder

 

Total Confinement: Madness and Reason in the Maximum Security Prison (California Series in Public Anthropology)

Lorna A. Rhodes

 

-The Lucifer Effect; Understanding How Good People Turn Evil

Philip Zimbardo

 

-A Reader on Punishment

Edited by Antony Duff and David Garland

 

-The Society of Captives; A Study of a Maximum Security Prison

Gresham M. Sykes

 

-Beyond Bars-Rejoining Society After Prison

Jeffrey Ian Ross, Ph. D

 

-Last Chance in Texas; The Redemption of Criminal Youth

John Hubner

 

-Tattoo on the Heart-The Power of Boundless Compassion

Fr. Greg Boyle

 

Ministry/Chaplaincy

 

-Prison Ministry; Understanding Prison Culture Inside and Out

Lennie Spitale

 

-The Arts of Contemplative Care-Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work

Edited by Cheryl A. Giles and Willa B. Miller

 

-Prison Chaplaincy Guidelines for Zen Buddhism

Kobutsu Malone

 

-Dying in Prison; Counseling the Terminal Inmate

Donalyn A. Gross

Psychology

 

-Women Who Love Men Who Kill- Sheila Isenberg

 

-Men Who Rape; The Psychology of the Offender

  1. Nicholas Groth with H. Jean Birnbaum

 

-Misogyny, Misandry, and Misanthropy

  1. Howard Bloch

 

-Healing the Shame that Binds You

John Bradshaw

 

-Masters of Disguise; Shame and Guilt

Jane Middleton-Moz

 

Dimensions of Forgiveness: Psychological Research & Theological Perspectives

Everett L. Worthington, Jr.

 

Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them : When Loving Hurts and You Don’t Know Why

Forward, Susan

 

On the Problem of Empathy: The Collected Works of Edith Stein (3rd Volume)

Edith Stein

 

Miscellaneous  Must-Reads

 

Occupying Privilege-Conversations on Love, Race and Liberation

-JLove Calderon

 

-The New Jim Crow

Michelle Alexander

 

-Criminal of Poverty

Tiny aka Lisa Gray-Garcia

 

Chronicles of San Quentin: The Biography of a Prison

Kenneth Lamott

 

 

A few documentaries:

 

-The War on Drugs

-Crips and Bloods; Made in America

-Tupac Thug Angel

-G-Dog

-Kirin Bidi

-Lost for Life

-The Dhamma Brothers

 

Home is Where the Heart is