Kal Wagenheim assembled the 187-page book, "Inside/Out: Voices From New Jersey State Prison," after teaching writing at Trenton's New Jersey State Prison. His students were inmates convicted of murder, manslaughter and other serious crimes.
There's no harm in letting inmates read the fiction, nonfiction and poetry, Wagenheim said.
But Corrections Department officials are troubled by references to gang activity, drug use, assaults and murder.
Hayman does not have a timetable for when he'll decide whether to allow the book.