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  Call For Papers
"Our people were given many prophecies. Before the Strangers came across the oceans to this sacred land with their strange ways, There were none of our people in prison There were simply no prisons. Because we had a better way."
-Arthur Solomon, from JPP Vol. 2:2 (1990)
Call For Papers

    The Journal of Prisoners on Prisons (JPP) invites current and former prisoners to submit articles and art to be considered for publication. The JPP is 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 legal and justice industrialists. 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.

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Journal of Prisoners on Prisons
c/o Justin Piché, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Criminology
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1N 6N5