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ICOPA 14 - Journal of Prisoners on Prisons Panel

The Journal of Prisoners on Prisons (JPP) is a prisoner written, academically oriented and peer reviewed, non-profit journal, based on the tradition of the penal press. In a context where there is little ethnographic research on prison life, the JPP brings the knowledge produced by prison writers together with academic arguments to enlighten public discourse about the current state of carceral institutions. Drawing on a tradition of prisoner participation in debates in the sociology of punishment, such as the highly successful Norwegian Association for Penal Reform meetings (KROM) and bi-annual International Conference on Penal Abolition (ICOPA), the papers presented in a session to be held on June 13, 2012 at ICOPA 14 in Trinidad & Tobago critically examine the inner workings of the prison industrial complex through the scholarly writings of prisoners.

The first paper, "Reflections on My First "Free" Prisoners' Justice Day", was written by "Petey" and was published in Volume 20(1) of the JPP. "Petey" is a recently released woman who was charged and sentenced as a 'young offender', and who served much of her sentence in an adult facility. She is currently attending university and wishes to work in the area of human rights.

The second paper, "Visiting Days", was written by Joel Medina and Beth Caldwell, and was published in Volume 20(2) of the JPP. Joel Medina spent 12 years in California prisons and earned his AA degree while in prison from Palo Verde College, and is currently working towards completing a BA degree. Beth Caldwell is an attorney and a social worker with a passion for social justice, earning a JD and MSW from UCLA. She is currently a Faculty Fellow at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

The third paper, "Cauldron of Solitude", was written by Eugene Dey and was published in Volume 20(2) of the JPP. A regular contributor to the journal and now a member of the publication's Editorial Board, Eugene is currently incarcerated at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad, California where he is serving a sentence for a non-violent drug offence under the State's three strikes sentencing law. He requested that this piece be read by Ray Shipley.

If you wish to learn more about the JPP, please visit www.jpp.org.
The Journal of Prisoners on Prisons (JPP) is a prisoner written, academically oriented and peer reviewed, non-profit journal, based on the tradition of the penal press. In a context where there is little ethnographic research on prison life, the J...
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