J o u r n a l o f P r i s o n e r s o n P r i s o n s
"...allowing our experiences and analysis to be added to the forum that
will constitute public opinion could help halt the disastrous trend toward building more fortresses of
fear which will become in the 21st century this generation's monuments to failure."
-Jo-Ann Mayhew, from JPP Vol. 1:1 (1988)
For 25 years, the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons (JPP) has been a prisoner written,
academically oriented and peer reviewed, non-profit journal, based on the tradition
of the penal press. It brings the knowledge produced by prison
writers together with academic arguments to enlighten public
discourse about the current state of carceral institutions. This
is particularly important because with few exceptions, definitions
of deviance and constructions of those participating in these defined
acts are incompletely created by social scientists, media
representatives, politicians and those in the legal community.
These analyses most often promote self-serving interests, omit the
voices of those most affected, and facilitate repressive and
reactionary penal policies and practices. As a result, the JPP
attempts to acknowledge the accounts, experiences, and criticisms
of the criminalized by providing an educational forum that allows
women and men to participate in the development of research that
concerns them directly. In an age where `crime` has become lucrative
and exploitable, the JPP exists as an important alternate source
of information that competes with popularly held stereotypes and
misconceptions about those who are currently, or those who have in
the past, faced the deprivation of liberty.
Current and Forthcoming Issues
VOLUME 23, NUMBER 1 is the first issue of the JPP where each contribution is fully accessible online as their on stand-alone documents. Please check-out the cover art and articles available for download below.
To subscribe or purchase hard copies of the journal that sustain the publication and allow us to send issues to prisoners, please visit the
University of Ottawa Press website.|
About the Cover Art - "The Boxer" and "Man at Work"
by Ronnie Goodman
Table of Contents
Editor's Introduction - Knowing Inside: Contributions from Within/Beyond the Walls
by Justin Piché
From the Depths I Will Rise: On Being Buried Alive
Institutionalized Indifference: Rape with a View
by Michael Johnson Jr.
We Are the Products of Our Experiences: The Role Higher Education Plays in Prison
by Robert "Diesel" Shoemaker, Brandon "B" Willis and Angela Bryant
Risk Assessment in New Zealand Prisons: Questioning Experiential Outcomes
by Daniel Luff and Greg Newbold
Seeing Shame: Mentoring, Legal Storytelling and Prisoner Rehabilitation
by Alan Mobley
Response - Pains of Imprisonment, Everyday Deprivation and the Meanings of Post-prison
by Kevin Walby
Prisoners' Struggles - Effective, Just and Humane Responses to Crime and Its Causes for Over 85 Years
by the John Howard Society of Ontario
VOLUME 23, NUMBER 2 of the JPP is is a special issue featuring selected papers written by prisoners presented at the
Fifteenth International Conference on Penal Abolition (ICOPA 15) which discussed prison, abolitionism and reform.
Printed copies of the issue are now available. Below you will find electronic copies of all the articles.
About the Cover Art
"Generational Distress" and "Soul of Reincarnation and the Black Spotted Sun"
by Tim Felfoldi
Table of Contents
Editors' Introduction - Prisoners of State Repression and Writing for Social Justice
by Sarah Fiander, Ashley Chen and Justin Piché
The Truth About Provincial Prisons
by Jose Vivar
Business as Usual
by Jarrod Shook
What's In a Name? Depersonalization at the Hands of the State
by Chester Abbotsbury
The Person I Am Now
by Neil N. Shah
The Child is Prey
by Jerry Lashuay
The Unintended Consequences of Bad Deals
by Kenneth E. Hartman
Evolving Standards of Decency: A Study in Political Perversity
by Susan Nagelsen and Charles Huckelbury
The Politics of Crowding in California's Prisons
by Forrest Lee Jones
Mass Incarceration: The Further Compromise of Public Safety
by Shawn Fisher
Turning Point: Coordinated Criminal Justice Reform in the Show-Me State
by Jon Marc Taylor
Response - Failed Reform, Found Resistance: Reflections on Prisons, Abolition and Residential Schools
by Chris Clarkson and Melissa Munn
ICOPA 15 Program
Developing News Stories and JPP Perspectives
Prisoners’ Justice Day (PJD) emerged as a prisoner-initiated day of non-violent strike action to commemorate the death of Eddie Nalon in the segregation unit of Millhaven maximum-security penitentiary on August 10th 1974. It was first observed in 1975. In 1976, the prisoners of Millhaven issued a communication “To All Prisoners and Concerned Peoples from across Canada”, calling for one-day hunger strikes in opposition to the use of solitary confinement and in support of prisoners’ rights, in memory of Eddie Nalon, as well as Robert Landers, who also died alone in ‘the hole’.
Since that time, PJD has become an internationally-recognized day of solidarity and action, both inside and outside the prison, to commemorate deaths in custody and reflect upon other human rights atrocities behind bars.
For those interested in learning more about this important day of memorialization and resistance, the JPP has made articles published in 1991 by Robert Bryden
(click to download) and Bob Gaucher
(click to download)
about PJD available for free.
For more information on PJD, please visit www.prisonjustice.ca.