CORRECTIONS POLICY

Prison Journalism Project is committed to accuracy and transparency and will respond promptly to any claim that our publication presents an inaccurate fact or invades a right of privacy.  If a reader or subject of a story believes that some statement is inaccurate or otherwise actionable, that person can request a correction by sending a request to editorial@prisonjournalismproject.org. Our editorial team will carefully review any potential inaccuracy and decide whether an article needs to be corrected or modified in some other way. 

When we run a correction about an article, photo caption, headline, graphic or other material, our goal is to clearly explain what the mistake was and how we’re correcting it. Small typos and grammatical errors do not need to be accompanied by a correction note. Minor factual errors are noted below the corrected version of the article. Substantive corrections are noted in the headline and/or at the top of the corrected version of the story. Errors on social networks will be corrected on that platform.

We run clarifications when the story requires additional explanation such as when the journalism is factually correct, but the language we used was imprecise.

As a digital publication, readers expect stories, particularly those that are breaking news, to be updated with details, facts and improvements. As such, we do not note when stories have been updated unless there is a particular reason to highlight the addition of new information or other change.

PJP is also committed to protecting its intellectual property and respects that interest when it receives a demand to remove content based on intellectual property rights of others. When necessary, these requests are referred to experienced media counsel for evaluation and consultation. The requester will receive a response in a timely fashion.

PJP believes that reporters and editors should have the freedom to hold the powerful accountable. When an article involves sensitive subjects, PJP will review the story with our legal counsel.

TAKEDOWN POLICY

To address online infringement, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) provides a way for a copyright owner to demand an Internet Service Provider (i.e., the platform hosting the infringing site) remove the infringing material.  For repeated infringements, the platform has incentives to ban the infringers’ website from the platform.

The platform can be found by searching for the infringing URL at the WHOIS lookup.  The notice and takedown demand to the host must include at least the following:

  1. A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright that is allegedly infringed.
  2. Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed.
  3. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material. (i.e., the URL where it appears).
  4. Contact info of the complaining party, including an email address.
  5. A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner.
  6. A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright that is allegedly infringed.