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"...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)
General Information
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


In 2013, the JPP celebrated the 25th anniversary of its inaugural issue published in 1988.
Volume 22 features two general issues.

VOLUME 22, NUMBER 1
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VOLUME 22, NUMBER 2
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VOLUME 23, NUMBER 1 is the first issue of the JPP that is fully accessible online. 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.

Cover

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 Pich


From the Depths I Will Rise: On Being Buried Alive
by Anonymous


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 currently in production and will be 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. This issue will be available in December 2014.

Developing News Stories and JPP Perspectives

Last year, the Conservative Government of Canada signaled that it would be introducting a bill in Parliament to put in place life without the possibility of parole (LWOP) sentences for those found guilty of certain acts (read 18 October 2013 article by The Canadian Press)

JPP contributor Kenneth E. Hartman (2009), who is serving an LWOP sentence in California, shares his views on this other death penalty.

For more information on the pitfalls of LWOP sentences in the United States that Canadians should consider while the other death penalty is being debated by members of the Parliament of Canada check-out this video available at www.theotherdeathpenalty.org.