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Can a prisoner serving time in a federal prison profit from a book he has written?

Independence, MO |
Filed under: Criminal defense

My friend is serving a 10 yr sentence in a federal prison. (mail fraud) He's written a book that discusses the story of how he ended up in prison. It is unpublished as of yet, and he was curious. It is a subject not stated in his sentencing. He's heard conflicting stories and was trying to find out what direction to go with his story.

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it depends upon the sentence that was imposed.

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He can profit from his intellectual property.

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Yes. There was an effort to pass a no books by crooks law from the Nixon era and there were problems with its constitutionality. I can't find a reference to it now, though I'd be interested to see one.

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