An article from the Fall 2021 edition of PJP x Inside (click to enlarge)

Until recently, Prison Journalism Project’s stories had only been available online, which made it hard for us to share them with our writers inside the walls. 

We typically send our writers copies of their stories after they are published, but they wanted to read each other’s stories, and we wanted them to learn from each other as well. 

That led to the launch of PJP x Inside, our first printed newspaper. For our first issue, we selected stories that demonstrated the biggest trends in 2020 submissions. You’ll find coverage of the pandemic, essays and poetry on mental health and relationships, and commentary on current events. We’ve curated this digest to include work from first-time and regular contributors from all corners of the country.

In keeping with PJP’s educational mission, we included a brief note with each selection to explain what drew us to the piece. A section called, “The Anatomy of a Story,” offers a reported article fully annotated by our PJP J-School faculty, so we could give inside readers a glimpse into how journalism can be done behind the walls.

We currently plan to publish PJP x Inside twice a year. You’ll find a PDF of the first issue here, with more issues to follow as they are produced.

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Prison Journalism Project has a limited quantity of print copies to share with educational programs, organizations that work with incarcerated communities and incarceration-impacted writers. To request a copy, send an email with your name and mailing address to

If you are affiliated with a program or organization, add your title, name of affiliation and number of copies desired. We will do our best to send you enough copies for each student or member of your community.

You are always welcome to share printed copies of the PDF version under a Creative Commons license for non-commercial purposes. If you would like to republish an excerpt in a book or other publication, please contact Prison Journalism Project.