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Jailhouse Journalism: The Fourth Estate Behind Bars
     

Jailhouse Journalism: The Fourth Estate Behind Bars

by James McGrath Morris
 

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For over two centuries, members of the penal press (including Robert Morris; Julian Hawthorne, only son of Nathaniel; Charles Chaplin, famed city editor of New York's Evening World until he shot his wife) have produced publications that range from professionally produced newspapers and periodicals to crude journals printed on primitive equipment. At their best,

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For over two centuries, members of the penal press (including Robert Morris; Julian Hawthorne, only son of Nathaniel; Charles Chaplin, famed city editor of New York's Evening World until he shot his wife) have produced publications that range from professionally produced newspapers and periodicals to crude journals printed on primitive equipment. At their best, jailhouse journalists have produced provocative writings that led the way for prison reform; even at their worst, these men and women have made the prison newspaper an important part of the facility's culture. The impact of the penal press and its journalists are fully covered in this unique work.

Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
provides a comprehensive overview of newspapers and magazines managed and published by prisoners in the United States during the last 150 years
Corrections Today
the most current and comprehensive book available on correctional journalism...a great study of freedom, confinement, communication and several nearly forgotten aspects of penal history
Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
thorough...should be considered for supplemental reading in criminal justice classes and journalism history, law, and other courses...useful
Booknews
Morris provides a history of newspapers printed behind bars in America from 1800 to the present. In what he believes to be only the second book ever published on the subject, the author examines the stories and the people behind a number of penal newspapers, such as those at Sing Sing, San Quentin, and other famous prisons. He also discusses some larger issues, such as the chronicling of wrongful imprisonment, censorship, and the decline of the prison press in recent years. Appends a listing of American Penal Press contest winners from 1965 to 1990 and a list of prison publications by state including dates of publication. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786404209
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
02/01/1998
Pages:
261

Meet the Author

A former book publisher and current high school teacher, James McGrath Morris lives in Falls Church, Virginia.

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