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The Prison Journal

Official Publication of The Pennsylvania Prison Society
Published in Association with Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Corrections Section
An International Forum on Incarceration and Alternative Sanctions

eISSN: 15527522 | ISSN: 00328855 | Current volume: 104 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Bi-monthly

The Prison Journal was begun by the Pennsylvania Prison Society, America’s oldest prison reform organization, which was founded in 1787. The Prison Journal has continued to be a central forum for studies, ideas, and discussions of adult and juvenile confinement, treatment interventions, and alternative sanctions.

Exploring broad themes of punishment and correctional intervention, The Prison Journal advances theory, research, policy and practice. The journal also enhances the knowledge of correctional-systems practitioners and scholars by providing descriptive and evaluative accounts of innovative programmes and policies, state-of the-art surveys and reviews, and legal and historical analysis. Distinguished experts discuss emerging trends, innovations and developments in the rapidly changing world of corrections and alternative sentencing.

In-Depth Analysis

The Prison Journal
regularly supplements its coverage of the field with timely Special Issues devoted to a single topic of current concern. These Special Issues explore areas previously neglected and offer vital new insights and advancements in research, theory and practice. Recent Special Issues have included: Women in Prison and Jails Education in Correctional Settings Drug-Involved Offenders

Interdisciplinary Scholarship

The Prison Journal
is international and interdisciplinary, presenting a diversity of perspectives. You'll find work by practitioners and academics from a variety of countries and a broad range of disciplines. The journal provides you with a comprehensive forum that fully explores current issues, concerns and solutions in the field. In the pages of the journal you'll read contributions from many areas, such as: criminal justice administration criminal justice/law health/mental health history political science psychology public administration public policy sociology

The editorial team's aim is to establish The Prison Journal as a focal point and the forum of choice for studies, ideas, and discussion of adult and juvenile confinement, treatment interventions, and alternative sanctions.

Rosemary Gido Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA
Editorial Advisory Board
Bruce A. Arrigo University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA
Michael Bush Northern Kentucky University, USA
Francis T. Cullen University of Cincinnati, USA
Lanette P. Dalley University of Colorado at Denver, USA
Mary Dodge University of Colorado Denver, USA
Kimberly Dodson University of Houston-Clear Lake, Texas, USA
Tomer Einat Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Craig Hemmens Washington State University, USA
Zelma Henriques John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, USA
Timothy J. Holler University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, USA
Shanhe Jiang Wayne State University, USA
Kareem L. Jordan American University, USA
Janice Joseph The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Renee D. Lamphere University of North Carolina at Pembroke, USA
Arthur J. Lurigio Loyola University of Chicago, USA
Christina Quinlan Demontford University, UK
Cassandra Reyes West Chester University, USA
Jeffrey Ian Ross University of Baltimore, USA
Mary Stohr Washington State University, USA
Stan Stojkovic University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Richard Tewksbury Arizona State University, USA
Gennaro Vito University of Louisville, USA
Wayne Welsh Temple University, USA
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THE PRISON JOURNAL: An International Forum on Incarceration and Alternative Sanctions was begun by The Pennsylvania Prison Society, America's oldest prison reform organization, founded in 1787. The editorial team's aim is to establish as a focal point and the forum of choice for studies, ideas, and discussion of adult and juvenile confinement, treatment interventions, and alternative sanctions. Contributions in the form of articles, research notes, review essays, and book reviews should explore broad themes of punishment and correctional intervention. Submissions that advance theory, research, policy, and practice will be considered, as will descriptive and evaluative accounts of innovative programs and policies, state-of-the-art surveys and reviews, and legal and historical analyses.

Manuscript Submissions: The Prison Journal uses an online submission and review platform. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to  Authors will be required to set up an online account on the SageTrack system powered by ScholarOne. From their account, a new submission can be initiated. Authors will be asked to provide the required information (author names and contact information, abstract, keywords, etc.) and to upload the "title page" and "main document" separately to ensure that the manuscript is ready for a anonymize review. The site contains links to an online user's guide (Get Help Now) for help navigating the site.

Manuscripts must follow the below guidelines:

  • Should be submitted in PDF format with no identifying information.
  • Each manuscript should begin with an abstract of up to 100 words, double-spaced, and followed by up to five keywords. Manuscripts should not exceed 30 double-spaced typed pages, using Times New Roman font, Size 12 pitch. Endnotes, references, tables, and figures are included in the 30-page count.
  • Manuscript and references should follow guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition).
  • Manuscripts must be written in English.
  • Manuscripts are editor pre-screened before they are sent out for review by 2-3 external reviewers. 

Submission to The Prison Journal implies that the manuscript has not been published elsewhere, nor is it under consideration by another journal. Authors in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should consult the editor. Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal.

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