Zines By Prisoners

Using Media to Connect People Inside and Out is a zine made of responsese from prisoners to the 2009 zine. Inmates across America talk about unfair treatment, post partum depression, strip searches, and inhumane conditions that they have encountered in jails and correctional facilities. Several of these stories are shocking and need to be heard.

One Woman's Struggle is a zine by Kebby Warner, who contributed to the zine above. In her personal zine, 26-year-old Warner documents her incarceration and how being pregnant and, later, a mother were negatively affected by her imprisonment. She advocates for the parental rights of prisoners and exposes that many inmates and their loved ones are forced to use expensive pre-paid calling cards to communicate by telephone.

My Sister's Keeper : A Book for Women Returning Home from Prison or Jail is a zine by WORTH (Women on the Rise Telling HerStory) about how to adjust to society after being cut off from the real world for so long.

And for an interesting read about the psychology of female inmates, take a look at

Women in Prison: How We Are. This reprint of Assata Shakur's 1978 Black Scholar article critiques the incarceration of women at Riker's Island prison. Guard-Inmate and Butch-Femme relationships are carefully examined and compared with those between male inmates. Topics such as sex, race, class struggle, drugs, politics and capitalism are observed from the viewpoint of women of color.

Also, a friend of Jenna's works with this zine:

Tenacious: Art and Writing from Women in Prison. Female inmates in correctional facilities across the United States contribute articles, poetry, and art to this zine devoted to the injustices of the prison system specific to women.

For more information on the Using Media to Connect zine, you can check out this blog post from the Allied Media Conference.

For Tenacious, you can find out how to get copies here, and you can read an interview with co-editor Vikki Law here.