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Journal Information

  • ISSN: 0838-164X
  • Keywords: jail, prison, penitentiary, incarceration, imprisonment, detention, prisoner, detainee, prison writing, prisoner ethnography, prison ethnography, carceral, penal, criminal justice, punishment, United Kingdom, United State, South America, Norway
  • First Issue: 12th January 2018
  • Frequency: Quarterly


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. JPP 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 individuals 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 where women and men can 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 who have in the past, faced the deprivation of liberty.

Submission Info

Current and former prisoners are encouraged to submit original papers, collaborative essays, discussions transcribed from tape, book reviews, and photo or graphic essays that have not been published elsewhere. The Journal does not usually publish fiction or poetry. The Journal will publish articles in either French or English. Articles should be no longer than 20 pages typed and double-spaced or legibly handwritten. Electronic submissions are gratefully received. Writers may elect to write anonymously or under a pseudonym. For references cited in an article, the writer should attempt to provide the necessary bibliographic information. Refer to the references cited in this issue for examples. Submissions are reviewed by members of the Editorial Board. Selected articles are corrected for composition and returned to the authors for their approval before publication. Papers not selected are returned with editor’s comments. Revised papers may be resubmitted. Please submit bibliographical and contact information, to be published alongside articles unless otherwise indicated.

Journal of Prisoners on Prisons
c/o Justin Piché, PhD
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5

Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa
e-mail: jpp@uottawa.ca  website: www.jpp.org

Publication Ethics

The Journal of Prisoners on Prisons publishes two issues a year. Its purpose is to encourage research on a wide range of issues related to crime, justice, and punishment by current and former prisoners. Donations to the JPP are welcomed.




One Year Two Years Three Years
Incarcerated Subscribers $20.00 $35.00 $50.00
Non-incarcerated Subscribers $35.00 $60.00 $90.00
Prison Libraries & Schools, Libraries
& Institutions
$65.00 $120.00 $175.00


Subscriptions by mail are payable in Canadian or American dollars. In Canada, 5% HST must be added to all orders. We encourage subscription purchases online at http://press.uottawa.ca/JPP_subscription

Additional Information

Journal of Prisoners on Prisons
c/o Justin Piché, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Criminology
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1N 6N5

Phone: (613) 562-5800 ext. 1812
Fax: (613) 562-5304
E-mail: jpp@uottawa.ca