This issue of The Lifer magazine, January/February/March 1974, has a cover featuring a black illustration and text. The illustration depicts two knights in armor fighting with swords. A quotation from Fyodor Dostoyevsky's 1862 book The House of the Dead is typed below the drawing. Text along the bottom reads: SPECIAL FEATURE by Mario Puzo, / Author of "THE GODFATHER". The featured article is a reprint from Puzo's 1972 book The Godfather Papers and concerns federal government and corporate corruption. Other stories examine prison reform, an increase in hiring of female staff at the facility, and two pieces on the issue of so-called black-on-black crime. There are also illustrations throughout and several original poems, as well as reports on daily activities and inmate organizations. The magazine has sixty-two (62) interior pages and is bound with three (3) metal staples.