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Kenneth E. Hartman has served 30 continuous years in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on a life without the possibility of parole (LWOP) sentence. He is the author of "Mother California: A Story of Redemption Behind Bars," a memoir of life in prison, published by Atlas & Co. (New York, 2009), and is an award winning writer and prison reform activist. Ken was instrumental in the founding of the Honor Program at the California State Prison-Los Angeles County, and is currently leading a grassroots organizing campaign, conducted by LWOP prisoners, with the goal of abolishing the other death penalty.
Prisons: Past, Present, Future
The unfortunate truth that the increased emphasis on rehabilitation in California's prison system is driven by the financial crisis rather than by genuine desire for positive change.
Sunday, May 16, 2010(3 comments)
It's Time To Change The Prisons
From inside the prison walls, a view of the futility of our punitive, retributive prison system, and a call for real rehabilitation.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012(1 comments)
Bad Things Happen in the Dark
Advocacy piece by Kenneth E. Hartman, who has served 32 continuous years in prison on a life without parole sentence, on Assembly Bill 1270, which will restore full media access to the prisons.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012(2 comments)
Why I'd Vote for the SAFE California Act
Kenneth E. Hartman, who has served over 32 continuous years in the California prison system on a life without parole sentence, says that replacing one form of the death penalty (lethal injection) with another (life without parole, the other death penalty) is not abolishing the death penalty at all.