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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 24, NUMBER 1 (2015) is edited by Melissa Munn and Kevin Walby. Below you can download the table of contents and full issue.
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VOLUME 24, NUMBER 2 (2015) is edited by Kevin Walby and Melissa Munn. Below you can download the table of contents and full issue.
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The production of VOLUME 25, NUMBER 1 edited by Justin Piché and Kevin Walby is currently underway and will be available to our subscribers and for purchase in July 2016. Submissions are currently being reviewed for potential inclusion in VOLUME 25, NUMBER 2 edited by Vicki Chartrand, Sandra Lehalle and Jennifer M. Kilty, which is currently scheduled to be published in December 2016. 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.

Developing News Stories and JPP Perspectives

Prisoners’ Justice Day (PJD) emerged as a prisoner-initiated day of non-violent strike action to commemorate the death of Eddie Nalon in the segregation unit of Millhaven maximum-security penitentiary on August 10th 1974. It was first observed in 1975. In 1976, the prisoners of Millhaven issued a communication “To All Prisoners and Concerned Peoples from across Canada”, calling for one-day hunger strikes in opposition to the use of solitary confinement and in support of prisoners’ rights, in memory of Eddie Nalon, as well as Robert Landers, who also died alone in ‘the hole’.

Since that time, PJD has become an internationally-recognized day of solidarity and action, both inside and outside the prison, to commemorate deaths in custody and reflect upon other human rights atrocities behind bars. For those interested in learning more about this important day of memorialization and resistance, the JPP has made articles published in 1991 by Robert Bryden (click to download) and Bob Gaucher (click to download)
about PJD available for free.

For more information on PJD, please visit www.prisonjustice.ca.