Books Written by Prison Inmates: Corrupt Courts and Crazy Convicts: Doin Life in Fort Mad

Corrupt Courts and Crazy Convicts: Doing Life in Fort Mad

… I just want them to follow the law. THEIR OWN law.


Corrupt Courts and Crazy Convicts: Doin Life in Fort Mad – Available on Amazon.

This is a book of comical jail and prison stories interspersed with facts on how the system is set up to cheat you. It’s a book of laughter and a book of exposure, laying bare ugly truths that some powerful people don’t want laid bare. It gives irrefutable, black and white evidence that the Iowa and Federal 8th Circuit Courts broke the law in convicting me of murder, and then broke it again upholding that conviction on appeal.

In Why Miller Turned Killer I detailed the case, the crime, all that happened that night between Jamey and I. It’s more serious and heavy than humorous. This book, however, is written a decade later and nothing shy of irreverent. You WILL GET a taste of incarcerated life by reading it.

Books Written by Prison Inmates: Corrupt Courts and Crazy Convicts: Doin Life in Fort Mad

Suicide cells, solitary confinement, med-poppin pillheads, fights and fights and fights. Pen pals and pedophiles and punks, ‘cutting’ transgenders and transitioning, nicknames and tattoos and sex and fights and fights and fights. Hehe

Ya know, it’s strange, writing a full length novel, then being asked to write even 500 words about it. I don’t want to give joke or funny situation spoilers on what’s inside, nor try to explain exactly how the court cheated me (and is cheating others) in a short article.


I may have gone too far in a few parts, with my joking. Or so some would say. I never think it’s too far. I’ve been in prison for 15 years, and had a savage sense of humor even before that. I suppose you could compare it to South Park humor. Only mine is based on true events, true people, doing time in a true prison. God you wouldn’t believe some of the people I’ve met in here. It would be fun if I could only LEAVE. Hell, insane asylums are interesting until you’re a resident.

 monkey face at corrupt courts

At any rate, check out Corrupt Courts and Crazy Convicts: Doin Life in Fort Mad. You’ll laugh, you’ll gasp, and you’ll rage over the state of things here in Iowa. My goal is exposure.

Entertainment and exposure.

Entertainment LEADING TO exposure.

Take a look. Let me know how I did. 🙂

Eric Lokian

Available for pre-order now. The release is set for 13 August 2021 🙂

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36 thoughts on “Books Written by Prison Inmates: Corrupt Courts and Crazy Convicts: Doin Life in Fort Mad”

  1. LineCowley says:

    Anything or anybody that is corrupt, needs to be exposed, and that includes law courts and those that are supposed to enforce the law. It sounds as if “Corrupt Courts and Crazy Convicts: Doin Life in Fort Mad” will be a very good read. 

    If I pre-order the book, do you know when it will be published? I would like to possibly use it as a birthday gift in mid August, and if it won’t be published then, I will need to think of something else. Thanks.

    1. Christine says:

      Hi Line,

      The release of this book is set for 13 August.


  2. Millie "Pioneer Kitty" Zeiler says:

    Comedy is good!  And, so is reading!

    As a former cook for a correctional facility, I can oddly enough relate to some of the crazy stories related to prison inmate experiences.  And, believe it or not, comedy or not, some of the stories have some basis of truth to them!

    I should add, however, at the bottom of your page, which I suspect is supposed to be an Amazon link, seems broken.  I thought maybe it was my Google cache, but I even went to my Edge browser and saw the same problem.  I know Amazon has been having issues with its linking system lately.  You might want to look into that.

    1. Christine says:

      Hi Millie,

      Thank you for bringing that up. I just checked the link and it seems to be working on my end. It’s a new book, so maybe that’s why there may be some linking issues, who knows … I will ask Amazon about it too.

      Thanks for your comment. I’ll let Eric know 🙂 


    2. Christine says:

      🙂 Without a doubt. What’s nice about prison is that guys stop wearing masks of ‘normalcy,’ like is expected out on the streets. They act up because they don’t have anything to lose anymore. Makes for fun situations. Course, many of the guys I know in here (myself included) were probably just as crazy on the streets as they are in prison. …May be why they ended up in prison to begin with. Ha!
      Eric Lokian

  3. Andrew says:

    It takes a special person to be able to find comedy in such a serious situation. It sounds like “Corrupt Courts and Crazy Convicts: Doin Life in Fort Mad” will make for an interesting and upsetting read.

    Our law systems, as I understand it’ are operating under ‘Admiralty Law.’ This is the law of the sea, or pirates law. And it’s all about possession and ownership. Those that make the laws think they own us and can use us to their advantage. And like pirates, they rape, pillage, and plunder to get what they want. Justice has nothing to do with it…. it’s all about money….commerce.
    That’s why we can get a ticket for driving through a red light at 2 am in the morning when there are no other vehicles on the roads….. and why people sometimes end up in jails with unjust sentences…. madness.

    Keep spreading the word, and they will get what they deserve in time.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Christine says:

      You have great understanding of the situation. ‘They will get what they deserve in time,’ you added. That’s become my life goal. Everything else is gone. …For better? For worse? Both. It is what it is now though. …I like the simplicity of having one big driving ambition instead of 20 little ones though. I rise and fall with my perceived hope of winning – could be nothing’s changed in my situation at all, but I could be ecstatic in the morning and devastated in the evening. …Still I feel I’d rather be in a battle like this than losing hours of my life in a cubicle job I hated out there. …Everywhere’s a prison, man. Guess we all have a goal of being free.
      Eric Lokian

  4. Christine,

    I imagine this to be a good read. I get why someone would want to expose the truth about what they’ve been through, even in just Iowa. The system is corrupt all over, not just one state.

    On Netflix, I was watching a new show called, The Making of a Murderer. In this true events story, a man in a small town was convicted of a murder he didn’t do. But because he wasn’t liked in his community for some things he did when he was younger, the Sheriffs Dept wanted him put away for a rape that he didn’t commit. Meanwhile, the actual rapist was still free and continued on his path of terrible for the next couple of years.

    It was sad that even though the evidence, the witness testimonials, everything didn’t add up, they still wanted the guy put away. So, he was charged, and sent to prison. Over the next 18 years, he would attempt to appeal the decision, but was met with more “justice” and an appeal was never granted.

    18 years later, someone took the case and looked into the evidence. It was then found that he was in fact, innocent. But do you think they did anything for him, but just set him free? 18 years of an innocent life sent away, because he wasn’t “liked”.

    It’s sad. And this happens all the time. I don’t believe in our system and never will. It’s faulty, because it’s run by corrupt humans.

    Thanks for sharing this book. I’ll have to check it out.


    1. Christine says:

      Hi Katrina,

      That’s a horribly sad story. So, even after appearing on the Netflix show and all the evidence, is he still not free or has he now finally been released?


    2. Christine says:

      Hi Katrina,
      I’ m watching that Netflix series now, It is shocking, heartbreaking … that poor man. After he got out after being locked away for 18 years for a crime he did not commit he was accused of a murder he didn’t commit. It’s absolutely shocking. I’m in episode 4 right now, so I don’t know yet how it will turn out but I hope he gets his freedom!!


  5. MUSLIMAH says:

    It takes a lot of courage to bring humor into such a terrible experience.
    Unfortunately, these are the kind of stories we hear every day. Innocent people getting punished for sins they never committed while the perpetrator moves around freely because he belongs.
    Corrupt courts and crazy convicts: Doin Life in Fort Mad will be a good read, looking forward to it.

  6. Sylvia says:

    I believe that the courts are corrupt! The government is corrupt, for sure! These people have nothing to laugh at, and that you can laugh, Eric is, for me, a wonder. I am very angry with people who point to the law but never follow the law. The courts are certainly receiving big money, and I am always glad for every honest and trustworthy judge, and some lawyers and judges are honest and follow the law. I certainly want to read your story! The very best, Eric! I wish you the very best!

    1. Christine says:

      Hi Sylvia,

      I’ll pass your comment on to Eric and he will reply soon 🙂
      I agree with everything you say, most courts are corrupt. I am now watching a Netflix series called “how to make a murderer” and it’s about a man (Steven Avery) who was imprisoned for 18 years, convicted of a rape he did not do. While he was in prison, the real rapist attacked more women and the police even told the sherrif “you got the wrong guy” but nothing was done. Later, after he was freed and exonerated it turned out that the sherrif, detectives, and prosecutor had withheld crucial evidence because they “didn’t like Steven” and they wanted to keep him locked up …

      Only a year after Avery was liberated he was then accused of a murder he didn’t commit. The law enforcement people who were involved in his previous unjust incarceration were now held accountable in a civil court and when in that time a woman was kidnapped and murdered they used that to pin it on Avery, they even planted incriminating evidence. (and of course, the civil court proceedings were no more and he got less compensation money, but it was still enough to hire a lawyer for this new charge) I don’t know yet how it turned out because I’m in episode 4, but my God, that poor man … He lost his first wife and couldn’t see his kids grow up because of the first false accusation, and now he lost his girlfriend after they did everything possible to separate them … it is heartbreaking to watch. It is unbelievable that authorities are allowed to do such abuse just because they “don’t like the guy” …

      It also surprises me how Eric can still laugh despite his situation. I think that it shows strength to be able to laugh. He does have a lot of anger too, and he has every right to be angry. There’s a huge difference between 10 years for manslaughter or life without parole … And the sad thing is that there are so many cases like Eric’s …
      Thank you for your comment!


      1. Sylvia says:

        It is madness and unbelievable that nothing can be done to stop this corruption. I understand that he must be very angry. I am angry about this dishonest, corrupt abuse. But the reality is that we have many evil characters in the world, and they are especially very dangerous if they are in positions of money and power.
        To destroy someone’s life with the reason of not liking him is the act of psychopaths. These people who are doing this have no empathy.
        We should reform the authorities, not giving them the power of arbitrariness to harm others.

  7. Rachel says:

    Eric, Christine, thank you for writing and sharing this article. Seeing things like this happens absolutely makes my blood boil. The justice system is in place to be fair and impartial, to protect citizens from the truly evil. However, too many times you look at the wrong person sideways and now you’re in prison for a crime you didn’t commit or an innocent person lost their life and because enough money way thrown at the judge, justice was never served for the victim.

    I would love to purchase and read Eric’s books. Is there anything else that you have organized to try to help over turn the decision? Petitions (laughable I know), protests, donations, anything at all? I’d like to spread the word around to get as much exposure for you as possible. 

    1. Christine says:

      Hi Rachel,

      It’s true. 100,000s of innocent people are locked up, it is extremely worrying and somethiing must be done. There are also 100,000s of others who are guilty of something but end up being overconvicted, also screwed by the system. Eric is not entirely innocent, he should have gotten manslaughter but ended up getting murder 1. It wasn’t murder, it was manslaughter, and the difference in sentence is 10 years for manslaughter and life without parole for murder. An enormous difference. 

      What I am doing to help Eric is contact people that might be able to use their influence to help, managing this website, contacting podcasts, writing reviews of his books on my own website, and social media. We need the books to spark, get the media involved. If you could help spread the word, that would be very much appreciated. 

      Thank you for stopping by! If there is any other info you need, please let me know.


  8. Mimie says:

    the first things i said to my partner was “I really want someone to do a documentary or a movie about this guy”. But for now your books will do. I am very curios to know what is happening in prison. Corruption is  too much now, to the extent that it seems normal because everyone is becoming comfortable with it.

    Thank you for taking your time to expose what is hidden.

    1. Christine says:

      Hi Mimie,

      I would love it if Eric got a documentary. Netflix features many and it would be amazing if Eric got his voice heard via those channels, or any other TV or movie network. 

      I am reading his book right now and it is a highly entertaining read. At the same time, the humorous sections are interspersed with the reality of prison and how authorities messed up his case, giving him life without parole when by law manslaughter carries around 10 years … As he states at the opening of Corrupt Courts and Crazy Convicts, he just “wants them to follow the law, their own law …”

      This book is an eye-opener, and I hope that it will help him and many others who are in similar situations.


  9. Sasha A says:

    Hey Christine,
    This seems like a book I will totally want to buy and read. It saddens me always how people get wrongly convicted for a crime by the corrupt court system, while the real perpetrators roam the streets committing more heinous crimes. And what is worse is that it is happening more and more these days. Most of the crimes in my home country (Pakistan) this happens all the time, especially for high-profile cases, because the cops just want to put an end to the media frenzy. If the real perpetrator is rich, he bribes the system and walks, or sometimes even flees the country and then the cops need someone to blame the crime to so they pick the most “hated” person in the community and send him to jail. Is this what happened to Eric? I guess I will have to read the book to know that lol.
    Anyways, I support Eric for his bravery to tell his true side of the story to the world-we need more people like him to do this so that the justice system can be held responsibly and not just get a slap on the wrist. I am happy to know his book has humor, even if it is “savage” . That kind of humor gives a true insight into how or what his life has now become 🙂
    Thanks Christine for giving Eric a platform to voice his words, thoughts, and story to the world!

    1. Christine says:

      Hi Sasha,

      Past mischief by Eric that had absolutely nothing to do with the crime were used to convict him, to make him look less likeable to the jury. He got more punishment than he should have gotten by law, which is demonstrated in this book. At the same time, Corrupt Courts and Crazy Convicts also gives a real insight into prison life and has many humorous stories. I am reading it right now, it’s a very entertaining read and even despite the humor one can see the injustice of the “justice” system. I highly recommend this book! 🙂

      1. Sasha says:

        I will most definitely check that out! Thanks for recommending!

  10. Alyse Stults says:

    Very interesting! I’m going to get this book. Do you know when it will be released?

    1. Christine says:

      Hi Alyse,

      Yes, on 13 August, soon! You can pre-order it now on Amazon 🙂


  11. Matt Lin says:

    It must be a good read about the injustice of the USA courts that people ignore. And, most of the time, our justice is mainly owned by those richest and most powerful ones who sit on the top of the pyramid… Writing this book personally must take Eric so much effort to transform all the negative thoughts into positive & humorous words as an insider. He shows us such strength that people fight for the truth we deserve, and I hope to see him free as soon as possible.

    Thanks for sharing,

    1. Christine says:

      Thank you, Matt. I hope so too!


  12. These are stories that change the course of everybody’s life. And I’m glad that the author has the courage and perseverance to write the story. These stories must be revealed to the public.

    Thank you for sharing this article and the book itself. This will help and give a positive effect to all the people who are experiencing the same turmoil.

    Best wishes and regards,

  13. Always fascinating to read a first person account of what goes on on the inside. Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes comical, this seems like an instant page turner.

    1. Christine says:

      It definitely is a pageturner! I read it in two days 🙂


  14. Gorjan says:

    I actually did three years in prison, and you can never imagine the stories I’ve kept secret. I bought the book and got inspired to write my own to shed light on the cruelty and injustice behind bars.

    It’s kind of crazy when you think about it, but I’m smarter because of my mistakes, happier because of the sadness I known, and much more willing to get to where I want to be! I’ve wanted to share how I feel for a long time now, so why not write a book about it, huh?

    I appreciate the post.


    1. Christine says:

      Hi Gorjan,

      Thank you for sharing that! You should definitely write a book about your experiences. Books like these show us what really happens behind bars.

  15. Nina says:

    I would think it would be extremely difficult to find humor in a prison sentence. But it seems like this book does. This is a great way to expose all the injustices in our court systems. I am so sorry for those who have been sentenced injustly. I couldn’t imagine being there knowing you did not commit a crime.

    Thanks for sharing the preview of this upcoming book. It sounds very eye-opening. I hope many people, especially those in the justice system, read this book and see what it’s really like to be there. Hopefully some good will come out of it.


    1. Christine says:

      Hi Nina,

      I agree, humor is a great way to expose what’s wrong with the justice system. Many innocent people are locked up for crimes they didn’t commit. I feel that I have to make it clear though – since I noticed that many people commented on innocence regarding Eric – that Eric is not innocent. He did commit a crime. As he explains in his “about Eric” page he wants to get the right punishment, not excessive punishment that is so often doled out. If 100,000s of innocent people are locked up, then it makes sense that there are more 100,000s of people who are overconvicted. Eric got murder 1 instead of manslaughter. Murder carries a life sentence and manslaughter 10 years … So, overconvictions also take away years of freedom that should not be taken away.
      My heart goes out to the family who have to deal with their loss. I also know the pain of loss … I do, however, think that a crime should be punished just and by law, and punishment should not and must not be based on vengeance. I think that the unjustly incarcerated include the ones who broke the law but received harsher sentences than they deserved.
      When people go behind bars we often forget the humanity of them. We think they are all “evil incarnate” for the rest of their lives, but although there are some terrible people that should probably remain locked up, many do deserve a second chance in life, but America’s system of revenge and lack of forgiveness and compassion doesn’t allow that. It wants to keep on punishing and punishing.
      Sorry for writing so much in my reply. I just wanted to explain to everybody who commented here that Eric is not exactly innocent, but he is overconvicted.

      This book is very eye-opening. I already finished it. It’s a page-turner, entertaining, has laugh-out-loud moments mixed with moments of seriousness. It’s very well written and I also hope that some good will come of it.
      Thanks for your comment!


  16. Haley says:

    Hi Christine,

    This book sounds SUPER good! I’m going to the beach at the end of this month and might have to get it to read on my Kindle! I’m a sucker for listening to stories and watching documentaries of the wrongly convicted. There is so much injustice in the court system and it’s really brave to for someone to be able to share their side of things, especially being able to laugh it off!

    1. Christine says:

      Hi Haley,

      It’s a really awesome book! I finished reading it in 2 days. It has many funny moments that are interspersed with the seriousness of the situation. Not any author can pull that off, mixing humor with such a harsh situation. Today, 13 August, is the release date! Enjoy the book, and if you liked it, would you be so kind to leave a review on Amazon?
      Thanks for your comment!


  17. Paula says:

    Hi Lokian.

    This would be far outside what I normally read but I love getting an inside view of things. This looks very entertaining but also frightening. I’m always up for reading different books than my norm. Thanks for opening my eyes. I love true crime dramas but it is completely different if you’re the one living it. I look forward to reading it.


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