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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
The Journal of Prisoners on Prisons (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 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 Issue







Volume 28, Number 2 (2020) is a special issue of the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons on "Prison (In)justice in Canada at the Crossroads" featuring articles written by current and former prisoner about the current state of incarceration in Canada and their recommendations for change.

View and download the articles (PDF)
Order Volume 28(2) by subscribing to the JPP (note: printed copies will be mailed to subscribers by the end of August)

Forthcoming Issue







Volume 29, Number 1 & 2 will be a double general issue of the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons. The issue will be launched in October with the release of samples articles online and printed copies mailed to our subscribers in November 2020.

Order Volume 29(1&2) by subscribing to the JPP

Calls for Papers







In addition to the general submissions the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons receives and reviews on an on-going basis, the publication also occassionally issues calls for papers based on special themes of contemporary relevance. Below, you will find our current calls for papers for special issues or sections slated for publication in 2021, 2022 and 2023:

Call for Papers on Desistance, Social Justice, and Lived Experience (Download PDF)

Call for Papers on 25 Years of Convict Criminology (Download PDF)

Call for Papers on Anti-colonial Carceral Abolition (Download PDF)

Call for Papers on the Walls to Bridges Program (Download PDF)

Call for Papers on Homelessness and Incarceration (Download PDF)