Cops, Courts & Prisons


Originally published in the Winter 2022 edition of the Virginia Defender, issue 67, printed February 3. Reproduced here for accessibility and archival purposes. To find other stories in the Winter 2022 issue or to download the full PDF, see this post. For the full web catalog, see our Full Issues page.

The Coalition for Justice of Blacksburg, a co-founder of the Virginia Prison Justice Network, is working with the Virginia Tech Center for Humanities to create an online journal of art, writing, spoken word and reflections on prison life.

Journal organizers are calling for submissions for art (drawings and photos of or by people behind bars), pre-incarcerated or incarceration photos or recorded spoken word.

“We want to give a name and face to those behind the walls,” the organizers said.

A modest honorarium will be provided.

To share your work or photos, contact:

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