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Survivors Manual

How do you survive in a concrete coffin?

With the proliferation of Control Unit (aka SuperMax) prisons in the U.S., an increasing number of prisoners struggle for an answer.

Survivors Manual is a 72-page paperback written by and for people who live in Control Units. The manual was compiled and edited by prisoner rights activists Bonnie Kerness and Holbrook Teter. Most of the material in the book is written by control unit prisoners who were asked to write about what things they do to survive in long-term isolation. Any prisoner, whether doing control unit time or otherwise, can benefit from reading the combined wisdom and experience of the manual's contributors.

The book is available from California Prison Focus (CPF) for $7 including shipping. CPF is a nonprofit group that functions as a watchdog of the California department of corrections, and promotes solidarity between prisoners and people on the outside.

CPF is a solid organization. They could use all of the support, financial and otherwise, that you can offer. For a copy of the Survivors Manual , send $7 to: California Prison Focus; 2469 Mission Street, #28; San Francisco, CA 94110.

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