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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
Download the table of contents and purchase the issue.

Volume 22, Number 2
Download the table of contents. To purchase the issue please email jpp@uottawa.ca (the online purchase option for this issue is in development).

Volume 23, Number 1 & 2 will be a double issue of the JPP that will include a general section, as well as a special section on abolitionism featuring selected papers to be presented this June at the Fifteenth International Conference on Penal Abolition (ICOPA 15) written by current and former prisoners. This issue will be available this fall.

Developing News Stories and JPP Perspectives

Last week, 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.