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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 30 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.
Issues in 2019 and 2020


Subscribe to the JPP using our online payment system with the University of Ottawa Press
and receive VOLUME 28 in 2019.

VOLUME 28, NUMBER 1 (2019) is a general issue edited by Justin Piché and Kevin Walby featuring articles documenting prison issues in the United States. It also features an article in a section dedicated to Continuing the Dialogue on the Canadian Carceral State, as well as a Response piece and Prisoners' Struggles contributions that discuss on-going initiatives dedicated to prison justice and abolition. Please note that only subscribers to the print version of the journal have advanced access to the articles in the general section of this issue.

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Purchase Subscription via University of Ottawa Press website.

VOLUME 28, NUMBER 2 (forthcoming, November 2019) will be a special issue on "Prison (In)justice in Canada at a Crossroads" featuring articles written by current and former prisoners about the state of incarceration in the country and their recommendations for change to the new federal government. The issue will be released shortly after the 21 October 2019 federal election.

The JPP is also currently accepting submissions for VOLUME 29 (2020), which will include at least one general issue. For more details, please download our submission guidelines.

Submission Deadline - First Round: 1 December 2019
Editorial Decision / Comments Returned to Authors - First Round: 30 January 2020
Submission Deadline - Second Round: 1 April 2020
Editorial Decision / Comments Returned to Authors - Second Round: 15 May 2020
Final Revisions Deadline: 1 July 2020
Issue Publication Date: Fall 2020

Recent Back Issues

VOLUME 27, NUMBER 1 (2018) is a general issue edited by Justin Piché and Kevin Walby featuring several articles examining aging, suffering and death behind the walls. Click on the first link below to download the introduction to the issue and individual articles from a section dedicated to "Continuing the Dialogue on Canada's Federal Penitentiary System" edited by Jarrod Shook, along with Prisoners' Struggles pieces and a book review. Click on the second link below to order a printed copy of the full issue through the University of Ottawa Press, which will be available online from cover-to-cover in December 2019.

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VOLUME 27, NUMBER 2 (2018) is a special issue marking the 20th anniversary of Convict Criminology (CC) edited by Andreas Aresti and Sacha Darke. Drawing on auto-ethnographic, action research and other approaches to qualitative inquiry, the collection features contributions on a variety of topics, including the criminalization of women, the place of current and former prisoners in advocacy work concerning 'criminal justice', the role higher education can play in carceral settings, theorizing the experience of freedom and the deprivation of liberty, pushing the boundaries of CC through abolitionism and its internationalisation.

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To subscribe to the journal, which allows us to sustain the publication and send issues to prisoners, please visit the University of Ottawa Press website.