Too Cruel, Not Unusual Enough

Too Cruel Not Unusual Enough, cruel and unusual punishment, imprisonment, life without parole, life imprisonment, Spoon Jackson, Kenneth E. Hartman, The Other Death Penalty Project

Kenneth E. Hartman’s anthology sheds light on the other death penalty: life without parole.

Spoon had an essay and some poems in a very important forthcoming anthology about life sentences without the possibility of parole: Too Cruel, Not Unusual Enough. You can read more about the project and contribute to the campaign to get this book out to California legislators and policy makers here at The Other Death Penalty Projects‘ Indiegogo page.


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This previously appeared on the Spoon Jackson Realness Network.

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About Spoon Jackson

Poet/writer/artist/teacher. In prison since 1977. I had two books published in 2010 “Longer Ago Poems by Spoon Jackson” and “By Heart Poetry, Prison, And Two Lives”, a double memoir by Judith Tannenbaum and me. I've been featured in films, plays, articles, books and music suites. I've found my niche in life despite being in prison for over 35 years. I have found that prisons are created internally and are truly found everywhere. I have also discovered that the secrets to break down prison walls are inside each person and I treasure sharing this realness with people. I keep my light glowing through expressing my inner thoughts, vibes and feelings in my poetry and prose writing. Write to me! Address on the blog: Spoon Jackson Realness Network.


  1. Christine Thomas says:

    So looking forward to the release of this book! Hearing from the voices of those who are most affected by the reality of revenge sentencing will bring truth to light.

  2. For those who believe ‘life w/out the possibility of parole’ is a viable alternative to the death penalty might want to investigate how those sentenced to such a future feel. We all owe it to ourselves to read “Cruel, Not Unusual Enough” as a means of experiencing the humanity of those who have been written off.

  3. Thanks very much for sharing this. Penitentiaries are an integral part of American life for so many people and families, yet most know nothing about them. Pieces like this are very important.

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