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One Day in the Life of 179212

Jens Soering

To a Correctional Facility in Virginia, he is known as "Prisoner 179212," but to a legion of journalists and legal reform activists he is Jens Soering, a German citizen who has endured for the past twenty-five years the harshest and most unforgiving punishment this country can offer—the American prison system. Told with dry humor and trenchant wit, One Day in the Life of 179212 provides an hour-by-hour survey of everyday life in a medium-security facility with all of its attendant hardships, contradictions, and even revelations.

Soering poignantly illustrates the importance of meditation and faith when confronted with extreme adversity, as well as the indisputable need for prison reform. Although this inspiring, eloquent memoir recounts just a day in the life of one man, it provides a powerful voice for the over two million men and women lost in the maze of America’s prison-industrial complex.

176 pp.  
6" x 9"

Lantern Books


Published:  April 2012


Jens Soering is a German citizen and Centering Prayer practitioner who has been incarcerated since 1986. His case has been featured on Court TV and A&E's City Confidential. His work has been featured in Christianity Today, The Christian Century, Sojourners, America, National Catholic Reporter, and The American Conservative. His book The Convict Christ: What the Gospel Says about Criminal Justice was the first place winner of the Catholic Press Association's 2007 awards. See all books by Jens Soering

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