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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 26, NUMBER 1&2 (2017) is a "Dialogue on Canada's Federal Penitentiary System and the Need for Change" edited by Jarrod Shook, Bridget McInnis, Justin Piché and Kevin Walby. Below, you can download individual articles from the issue via our new Open Journal Systems website that we will be migrating all our back issues to in 2018. You can also purchase printed copies of the issue via the University of Ottawa Press.

View and Download Articles (PDF)
Purchase Issue via University of Ottawa Press website.

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.


Call for Papers


The JPP is currently accepting submissions for VOLUME 27 (2018), which will include at least one general issue. For more details about the project, please download the call for papers.

Submission Deadline - First Round: 1 May 2017
Editorial Decision / Comments Returned to Authors - First Round: 15 June 2017
Submission Deadline - Second Round: 1 December 2017
Editorial Decision / Comments Returned to Authors - Second Round: 15 January 2017
Final Revisions Deadline: 1 May 2018
Issue Publication Date: Fall 2018

Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of Convict Criminology (CC), Andreas Aresti and Sacha Darke - both of the University of Westminster in the United Kingdom - will be editing a special issue of the JPP featuring contributions on a variety of topics, including, but not limited to the coproduction of knowledge, auto-ethnography, action research, supporting current and former prisoners in higher education, and the internationalisation of CC. For more details about the project, please download the call for papers.