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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


VOLUME 25, NUMBER 1 (2016) is a general issue edited by Justin Piché and Kevin Walby. Below, you can download the full issue.
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VOLUME 25, NUMBER 2 (2016) is a special issue on prison education edited by Sandra Lehalle, Vicki Chartrand and Jennifer M. Kilty. Below, you can preview the full issue, which will be mailed to our subscribers in December 2016.
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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.

Call for Papers


The JPP is currently accepting submissions for Volume 26, which will include a general issue. For more details about the project, please download the call for papers.

Submission Deadline: 1 May 2017
Editorial Decision / Comments Returned to Authors: 15 June 2017
Chapter Revisions Deadline: 1 August 2017
Issue Publication Date: 1 October 2017