The Fifth edition of this book, published in 2002, contains the (auto-)biographies of fifty one different political prisoners and prisoners of war held by the united states, with separate articles explaining the specific contexts around the movements from which these individuals have come. This edition includes a tribute to the longtime political prisoner advocate the Reverend Seiichi Michael Yasutake, who passed away in 2001, and an introductory essay by Owusu Yaki Yakubu, “Toward Collective Effort and Common Vision: The International and Domestic Contexts of the Struggles of Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War Held in the U.S.”
Can’t Jail the Spirit remains an important activist resource, as well as a useful reference for those working around political imprisonment and repression in the united states. A few of the prisoners listed have since been released, and tragically Richard Williams died in 2005. Yet – also sadly – the vast majority of those included in this edition are still behind bars today.