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The Journal of Prison Education and Reentry (JPER) is an international, open access, peer-reviewed journal for researchers and practitioners. Topics covered include but are not limited to sociology, criminology, adult education and literacy, instructional design, mental and behavioral health, and administration and policy as it relates to the context of prisoner education and subsequent reentry into the community beyond prison walls.

Current Issue: Volume 6, Number 1 (2019) Special Issue 2019: Critical reflections on Higher Education in Prison

Full Issue



Editorial: Critical Reflections on Higher Education in Prison
Helen Nichols Dr, Suzanne Young Dr, and Cormac Behan Dr.

Research Papers


Turning Gender Inside-Out: Delivering Higher Education in Women’s Carceral Spaces
Giulia Federica Zampini, Linnéa Anna Margareta Österman, Camille May Stengel, and Morwenna Bennallick


Learning Desistance Together
Emily Turner Dr, Rose Broad Dr, Caroline Miles Dr, and Shadd Maruna Professor

Practitioner Papers

Special Issue Editors

Lead Editor
Dr. Cormac Behan
Guest Editors
Dr. Helen Nichols
Dr. Suzanne Young