Special Issue Editors
Focus of the Special Issue
The Prison for Women (P4W) in Kingston, Ontario was Canada’s only federal prison for women from 1934-2000. Just four years after P4W opened in 1934, the Archambault Report recommended its closure due to “disgraceful” conditions,” yet it remained open until the year 2000. Since the closure of P4W, several federal women’s prisons have been opened across the country.
We invite submissions reflecting on questions raised by the twentieth-plus anniversary of the closure of P4W. What should be remembered about P4W, and what is best forgotten or laid to rest? What has changed in women’s federal prisons since the closure of P4W, and what has remained the same? At a time when Indigenous women are the most imprisoned group in Canada, how do we move from memory and acknowledgement to healing, accountability, and action? What role do art and media play in challenging the stigma of imprisonment and amplifying the voices of people who have spent time in women’s prisons?
We especially invite contributions to this special issue from people who have been imprisoned in women’s prisons in Canada. We especially invite people who were imprisoned at P4W and KP (e.g., Regional Treatment Centre) to send in submissions. We also welcome collaborative essays or dialogues between former prisoners and from people on the outside who visited/volunteered/worked in P4W.
These questions are especially pressing, given the sale of P4W to a private developer who plans to turn the prison into a mixture of residential, office, and retail space. While P4W has been designated as a “recognized heritage building,” there has been little formal recognition of the site’s social history and its enduring impact on the lives of people who were imprisoned there.
This special issue welcomes contributions from a wide range of work including:
At the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons (JPP), we support the federally sentenced people’s right to exercise freedom of expression pursuant to s.2 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We feel that publishing the writing of incarcerated people is a necessary tool to facilitate transparency in the Canadian Prison system.
We welcome submissions from all federally sentenced people and are eager to hear your input on the above-mentioned issues. Please share this notice with anyone who may be interested in
contributing to our journal. We ask that those who choose to submit include a short biographical
statement and let us know if you would like to be published anonymously. We look forward to reviewing your submissions and hope to hear from you soon.
All contributions must follow the journal’s submission guidelines (see http://www.jpp.org/submissions.html)
Please send your submissions to email@example.com or by mail to the address below:
Or online via the JPP submission portal –
Re: JPP Special Issue Submissions
Department of Criminology, FSS Building
University of Ottawa
120 University Private
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: September 1, 2024