The Prison Journalism Project is a community of journalists, teachers, writers and change agents who care about criminal justice reform and believe in the power of word.

The vast majority of submissions are sent to us handwritten, so we are continuously looking for volunteers who can help us transcribe and edit articles and poetry. To participate, we ask that you attend a one-hour Zoom orientation and commit to at least transcribing or editing one story weekly. Volunteer editors must have prior experience. If you have other skills that you’d like to contribute to PJP, consider transcribing as a way to get to know us first. Even if you have other skills that you would like to contribute, we think transcribing is a good way for you to get to know the Prison Journalism Project and our work.

Please fill out this volunteer application form if you are interested in joining our community of volunteers. We will be in touch about upcoming orientations, which are typically held every 4-5 weeks.

Listed below is our expected schedule for the next few months:

  • Transcriber Training: Monday, January 10, 2022, 7 p.m. EST
  • Editing Training: Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 7 p.m. EST 
  • Transcriber Training: Monday, March 7, 2022, 7 p.m. EST 
  • Editing Training: Tuesday, March 8, 2022, 7 p.m. EST 
  • Transcriber Training: Monday, May 9, 2022, 7 p.m. EST 
  • Editing Training: Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 7 p.m. EST

Prison Journalism Project has worked with high school and college classes that have incorporate service work for us into class curriculums. We also have worked with service organizations, who participated as a group. To inquire, contact us at outreach@prisonjournalismproject.org.  

If you are interested in partnering with us in a different way, visit our Collaborate With Us page.