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:

May

  • Transcriber Training: Monday, May 23, 2022, 7 p.m. EST 
  • Editing Training: Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 7 p.m. EST

July

  • Transcriber Training: Monday, July 25, 2022, 7 p.m. EST
  • Editing Training: Tuesday, July 26,  2022, 7 p.m. EST

September

  • Transcriber Training: Monday, September 19, 2022, 7 p.m. EST 
  • Editing Training: Tuesday, September 20, 2022, 7 p.m. EST

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 outreach@prisonjournalismproject.org.  

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