Voices from the Inside

Help Incarcerated Writers Harness the Power of Journalism

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Help Shift the Narrative.

Give incarcerated journalists a voice in discussions about criminal justice reform.

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Poetry

Jokes On Them

They tell me to be good, / Then throw me in with the bad. / They command me not to steal, / Then take everything I have

Perspectives

Essays & Memoirs


In Case You Missed It

Meet the Writers

Prison Journalism Project has published work by more than 525 writers, poets and artists in 34 states, Canada and the United Kingdom. You can read the biographies of our writers and their stories as they introduce themselves.

Help bring transparency to the world of mass incarceration.

Give incarcerated journalists a voice in discussions about criminal justice reform.

REPORTERS NOTEBOOK

Writers behind bars have first amendment rights, but their incarceration restricts their ability to do journalism because they are not physically free.

So how do they report, write and produce prison newspapers?

These are the stories behind their stories. 

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OUR WRITERS

WRITE FOR PJP

Today most stories about prison are written with an outside perspective. Take the power of journalism into your own hands, learn the craft of journalistic storytelling and share your stories of life behind bars.