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. Once we learn a bit more about you and your interest in volunteering with us, we will be in touch!

Please note that editor training is held bimonthly on Zoom, while transcriber sessions are held three times a year. All sessions are scheduled on Monday or Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. ET and are held over Zoom. 

Listed below are our upcoming training sessions:

Upcoming 2022 sessions:

November 2022 (Editors only)
January 2022 (Editors and transcribers) 

2023 Schedule: 

January (Editors and transcribers) 
March (Editors only)
May (Editors and transcribers) 
July (Editors only)
September (Editors and transcribers) 
November (Editors only) 

Please note that you must be 18 or older to participate in our volunteer program as an individual.

PJP has occasionally worked with high school and college classes that have incorporated service work for us into class curriculums. We also have worked with service organizations, who participated as a group. To inquire, contact us at  

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