Jailhouse Journalism: The Fourth Estate Behind Bars


This is a history of the penal press, the journalists, and the impact they have had on America's prisons.
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This is a history of the penal press, the journalists, and the impact they have had on America's prisons.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786404209
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/1998
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 261

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Preface 1
Introduction: Putting Down Doing Time 5
1 Forlorn Hope 19
2 When Luceppa Bared Her Bosom 31
3 The Summary 37
4 The Reformists' Newspapers 47
5 The Prison Mirror 55
6 The Mentor 65
7 The Subterranean Brotherhood 73
8 Federal Scribes 81
9 Can Opener, New Era, and the Wobblies 91
10 The Rose Man of Sing Sing 99
11 Harelike Growth 111
12 Chronicling Wrongful Imprisonment 119
13 Der Ruf 127
14 Leaves from a Lifer's Notebook 133
15 Yoke of Censorship 147
16 Bayou Style 157
17 Fighting Back 169
18 The First Amendment and the Prison Press 179
19 Prison Journalism Writes "-30-" 187
Epilogue 195
App. I American Penal Press Contest Winners 1965-1990 197
App. II Prison Publications by State 209
Notes 223
Bibliography 239
Index 245
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