three columns of inventions in tiny type

Prisoners' Inventions

by Angelo Author and Temporary Services Author

Angelo, a prisoner in California in 2001, wrote and illustrated this comprehensive and detailed account of all of the devices, practices, and workarounds that he'd witnessed his fellow prisoners invent. In an environment where little is provided and much is forbidden, ingenuity is essential to survival, comfort, health, and entertainment. Using extremely limited materials, learn to create amenities like picture frames, clotheslines, pillows, exercise equipment, tattoo guns, dice, and a dice table. Devices like heaters, grills, TV remotes, cigarette lighters, a contraband radio, and a three-way plug can all be concocted. There is an elaborate art to cleaning, preparing food, and smoking, all shown here. And it's truly remarkable what you can create out of toilet paper.