Jim Franklin is a native of Oswego, NY. He attended Syracuse University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from SUNY Oswego. He earned his master’s degree at Hofstra University on Long Island and taught high school English for three years at New Hyde Park High School where he also coached football and served as the advisor to the student newspaper.

He started teaching at Mercer County Community College in the fall of 1968 and taught full-time for two years in the college’s Prison Education Network at the New Jersey State Prison, Trenton; Rahway State Prison; and Leesburg State Prison and Prison Farm.

Jim was Mercer’s Director of Public Relations for ten years and returned to teaching in 1982. He recently retired as Chair of the English Department and is the coauthor of . . . and your point?.

He lives with his wife Haven and daughter Alicia in Freehold, NJ. His son Alex, an artist, also lives in New Jersey, and his daughter Kirsten, an attorney lives and works in Miami.


Harry Camisa was born in October of 1928 in the Chambersburg section of Trenton, NJ and lived for three years in “the projects,” the Donnelly Homes. He became a prison guard in July of 1950 and then spent two years in the United States Army, stationed in Europe during the Korean conflict. Upon his return to the U.S., Harry went back to his job at the prison, spending the next 29 years as a correction officer. Working days at the prison, he attended college classes at night, obtaining an Associate in Arts degree from Mercer County Community College.

After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in education at Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey), Harry retired as an officer and went back to the prison as a civilian employee, administering GED tests to inmates in youth and adult correctional facilities throughout the state.

During his years at the prison, Harry witnessed 13 electrocutions and was taken hostage twice. He retired for good in the fall of 2002 and is now spending time with his wife of 49 years, the former Virginia Forrester, in their home in Robbinsville, NJ.

Harry and Ginny have three children, Darryl, Vance and Kim, and five grandchildren.