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"Not just anyone can be a writer. Ink slingers are a special breed that adhere to an inner calling; that voice inside their heads that drive and torment them until they capture their thoughts on paper. What is written and how it is expressed usually depends on an individual writer's personal history, experiences and interests. As a prison writer with 20 years of incarceration under my belt I naturally write what I know the most about, prison. It is my sincere hope that what you are about to read captures the true essence of prison writers, the men and women of the steel cages who push the Maximum ink."
-Gregory J. McMaster, from JPP Vol. 10: 1 & 2 (1999)
Back Issues

Over time numerous issues have gone out of stock (OOS) and / or Out of Print (OOP). If they are not online already, they will be in the near future, and can be obtained through the links below. There are numerous issues that are still available for purchase and we encourage those interested to contact the JPP.

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The Back Issues catalogue was created February 7, 2006 and last updated July 31, 2012


Vol. 1 Number 1 1988: Prison Abolition and Papers at ICOPA

Vol. 1 Number 2 1988/89: General Issue Focusing on Canadian Prisoners

Vol. 2 Number 1 1989: The Penal Press and Selected Articles

Vol. 2 Number 2 1990: Native Peoples

Vol. 3 Number 1 & 2 1991: Capital Punishment and Prison Justice Day

Vol. 4 Number 1 1992: Education in Prisons

Vol. 4 Number 2 1993: Marionization: Control and Isolation Units

Vol. 5 Number 1 1993: General Issue

Vol. 5 Number 2 1994: Womens Prisoners

Vol. 6 Number 1 1995: General Issue

Vol. 6 Number 2 1995: Accountability, Duplicity and Industrial Conspiracy

Vol. 7 Number 1 1996/97: Republican POW's, Ireland

Vol. 7 Number 2 1996/97: Loyalist POW's, Ireland

Vol. 8 Number 1 & 2 1997: Resistance and Intimidation

Vol. 9 Number 1 1998: General Issue

Vol. 9 Number 2 1998: Victimization

Vol. 10 Number 1 & 2 1999: Prison Writing and Prison Writers, 10th Anniversary Edition

Vol. 11 2001: General Issue

Vol. 12 2003: General Issue

Vol. 13 2004: Education in Prisons

Vol. 14 Number 1 2005: The Criminal Justice System: Post-Colonial Nigeria

Vol. 14 Number 2 2006: Aging in Prisons

Vol. 15 Number 1 2006: Political Prisoners and Detainees

Vol. 15 Number 2 / Vol. 16 Number 1 2006-2007:
Special Anniversary Issue Black Panther Party 1966-2006

Vol. 16 Number 2 2007: General Issue

Vol. 17 Number 1 2008: Education in Prisons

Vol. 17 Number 2 2008: Abolition and the Universal Carceral

Vol. 18 Number 1 & 2 2009: General Issue

Vol. 19 Number 1 2010: PEN American Center's Prison Writing Program

Vol. 19 Number 2 2010: Torture and Political Imprisonment

Vol. 20 Number 1 2011: Criminalizing Women - Past and Present

Vol. 20 Number 2 2011: General Issue

Vol. 21 Number 1 & 2 2012: 15th Anniversary of Convict Criminology