What is unique about this book is the inclusion of several pieces by inmates or former inmates reflecting their experiences in the prison system. There are treatises, firsthand accounts, and poetry that reflect the extremely difficult conditions faced by inmates in our prison system. The authors even distinguish among the various people who are incarcerated by the labels we give them, e.g., a prisoner is "a positive thinker, always thinking freedom…not a snitch, trustworthy among prisoners." A convict is one who has been "convicted of a crime, has a con mentality of trying to get over on anyone in any way possible, guilty but considers himself to be a ‘victim of the system.’ " And an inmate is one who will "do anything, has no individual will or resistance, acts as a snitch. The term ‘inmate’ is used to deceive the public and prisoners about the abuses and injustice in the prison system."