Prison blogs

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Prison blogs are weblogs written by people held in prison.[1]

Examples of prison blogs[edit]

New Zealand
  • Thai Prison Life a collection of blogs and articles relating the experience of life in Thailand's many overcrowded prisons.
United Kingdom
United States
  • Minutes Before Six, a blog and writing community for prisoners in the United States without internet access, who can have their work posted online via volunteers.
  • "On the Inside" by Paul Modrowski, an autistic man serving life without parole at Stateville prison in Illinois. He was given a life without parole sentence based on an accountability theory for supposedly lending his car to Bob Faraci who was later acquitted.
  • Leigh Sprague's Diary of a Wimpy Con written by Leigh Sprague, currently serving a sentence in a federal prison camp in California for a non-violent white-collar crime. The posts document his journey through the criminal justice system, from initial charges to indictment to sentencing as well as his experiences in prison and his outspoken views in regard to the prison-industrial complex and mass incarceration
  • Behind Prison Walls written by William D. Hastings, serving a 19-year sentence for a violent crime.
  • Jon's Jail Journal written by Shaun Attwood[7]
  • Between the Bars (blog), a blog platform for prisoners in the United States without internet access
  • The Mind of Maurice Clarett, written by Maurice Clarett while in prison in Ohio, 2008-2010[8]
  • Running in Place written by Charlie Engle, serving 21-month sentence in Beaver, West Virginia, for mortgage fraud, 2011–present[9]
  • Justin's Blog, written by Justin Paperny while in the privately managed Taft Federal Prison Camp, California, 2008-2009[10]
  • Live From Lockdown, blog written by various inmates in the Federal prison system, including highly influential gang-leaders and those held in solitary confinement, Current
  • Stories from Inside, written by current and former ADHD Corrections Project participants, 2012–present
  • Chelsea Manning's blog[11]
  • Moving Forward, blog written by Pyerse Dandridge based on his prison camp journal he wrote in Herlong Federal Prison Camp 2011-2012 and his life after incarceration.
  • About Prison Camp Life[12]


  1. ^ Sebastian Matkey. Blogging Behind Bars: How Prison Blogs Revived Prison Literature in the United States. Munich: GRIN Verlag, 2011
  2. ^ Colin Espiner. Prison blog ban ruled out. The Press (Christchurch, New Zealand), August 1, 2006.
  3. ^ Parmy Olson. Prison Blogger Reveals Christmas Day Menu Behind Bars. Forbes, 12/24/2010
  4. ^ Patrick Kingsley. The pie man and the prison blog. The Guardian (London), August 16, 2011
  5. ^ Release threat ends Sheridan's prison blog. Sunday Mail (UK), June 19, 2011.
  6. ^ Dean Herbert. Probe over jailed Sheridan's website blog. The Express (Scottish ed.), Feb. 7, 2011.
  7. ^ Shaun Attwood. Hard Time: A Brit in America's Toughest Jail. Mainstream Publishing Company, Limited, 2010.
  8. ^ Pomona College. Introduction to Digital Media Studies blog entry Archived 2012-03-22 at the Wayback Machine, March 3, 2009
  9. ^ Joe Nocera. In Prison For Taking A Liar Loan. New York Times, March 26, 2011.
  10. ^ Denise Allabaugh. Former Ponzi schemer recalls greed-fueled life. Citizens Voice (Wilkes-Barre, PA), April 20, 2010
  11. ^ "How Chelsea Manning Is Blogging from Prison", Vanity Fair, USA, October 7, 2015
  12. ^ "Prison Inmate Talk: About Prison Camp Life". Prison Inmate Talk. Retrieved 2019-08-15.