In the 2010s social justice workers and incarcerated men of color worked on a book project that would be published as Life Sentences in 2019. As one of the editors of Life Sentences, the author of this article looks back at the process, considering its authors, creativity behind bars, and working with imprisoned writers. What can we learn from free minds in extremely taxing, degrading, and depressing circumstances? What does creative work mean for embodied lives serving (more than) life sentences? The book works toward a way to restore and rebuild justice, and it shows us the power of imagination as not just a creative but also a spiritual force.

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