American Prison Newspapers, 1800-2020: Voices from the Inside [via Reveal Digital on JSTOR]
Collection of digitized newspapers originally published by incarcerated persons in United States prisons. Provides important documentation of the prison experience across 220 years, and an important voice for criminal justice advocacy. Includes penal institutions of all kinds, including women’s-only institutions and early debtors’ prisons. Includes the news, issues, and commentary that mattered to prisoners.
The collection, at its completion, is projected to include The Prison Mirror (Stillwater Correctional Facility, MN, 1887-present), The Angolite (Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, 1952-present), and San Quentin News (San Quentin Prison, CA, 1941-present),
American Prison Newspapers is one of several thematic Reveal Digital primary source projects. Content is sourced from special collections that come from a wide array of libraries, museums, historical societies, and individual collectors.