As there are in the “outside” world, there are numerous publications in the prison world geared to readers with a specific area of interest.

Death-Row and Lifetime Prisoners

Compassion is a bi-monthly newsletter written by death-row prisoners. Various subscription rates are available based on personal circumstances. To subscribe, write:


c/o St. Rose Peace and Justice
140 W. South Boundary Street
Perrysburg, OH 43551


Lifelines is the publication of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. It is published every 4 months. For more information, contact:

c/o National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
1750 DeSales Street, NW, Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20036



Lifer-Line, a monthly online publication available in both English and Spanish, focuses on issues of interest to life-term prisoners. It is available free for those outside of prison and mailed to prisoners as resources allow. For more information, contact:

CO/ Life Support Alliance
P.O. Box 277
Rancho Cordova, CA 95741

(916) 402-3750

Education for Prisoners

The Education Behind Bars Newsletter (EBBN) is a free, bi-monthly publication directed toward prisoner-students and prison educators. It is founded on the belief that by educating prisoners we can make a huge impact on reducing recidivism and significantly reduce the national budget while promoting a safer, more prosperous nation. EBBN publishes writings from prisoner-students and prison educators on topics relating to prison education and prisoners rights. EBBN is published by Middle Street Publishing.

To receive free news updates three times a week, prisoners with access to can add to their contacts list. These updates focus on prison education, prison law and prisoners’ rights.

Those outside of prison can view the electronic edition of EBBN online here at Middle Street Publishing also operates the Prison Law Blog, where prison law and prisoners rights are given coverage.


Health-Related Prisoner Publications

CorrectCare is a quarterly newspaper which covers correctional health care. Prison libraries may subscribe to this publication by contacting:

c/o National Commission on Correctional Health Care
1145 W. Diversey Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614

(773) 880-1460


Damien Center Newsletter is a free, bi-monthly publication focused on AIDS-related issues. For more information, contact:

Damien Center Newsletter
c/o Damien Center
26 N. Arsenal
Indianapolis, IN 46201

(317) 632-0123


Dispatch is a quarterly newsletter focused on AIDS-related issues. For more information, contact:

AIDS Delaware
100 W. 10th Street, #315
Wilmington, DE 19801

(302) 652-6776

Innocent and Wrongfully Convicted Prisoners

Justice Denied, a magazine focused on exposing wrongful convictions and how and why they occur. Six issues: $10 for prisoners, $20 for others. $3 for sample issue.

Justice Denied
P.O. Box 68911
Seattle, WA 98168

(202) 335-4254

Legal Interests and Litigators

For litigators on behalf of prisoners and prisoners who are interested in the legal aspects of crime and the justice system, there are three monthly legal newsletters. All three provide case citations, updates on prison policy, news articles and explanations of relevant legal issues (ex: habeas corpus relief or new U.S. sentencing guidelines). In addition, there is a circuit-by-circuit review of positive case law.

The Update: Federal Criminal & Immigration Law is a newsletter that focuses on criminal and immigration federal law and is sponsored by Yvette M. Mastin, Attorney at Law, licensed to practice in Minnesota, Texas, and the US Court of Appeals. Ms. Mastin provides representation in Immigration Court trials, motions to reopen/reconsider, appeals to the Board of Immigration, and Petitions for Review in the circuit courts. With her extensive knowledge of how criminal charges affect the status of non-citizens, Ms. Mastin represents individuals facing deportation and criminal prosecution. For legal assistance you can reach her at:

Law Offices of Yvette M. Mastin
P. O. Box 572140
Houston, TX 77257

Tel: (832) 251-3662

The following two newsletters are sponsored by D. Craig Hughes, an attorney who has been Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2000. A graduate of Rice University in 1985 and of the University of Texas School of Law in 1988, Mr. Hughes was a prosecutor with the Harris County, Texas, District Attorney's Office prior to becoming a defense lawyer. For legal assistance, he can be reached at:

D. Craig Hughes, Esq.
7322 Southwest Freeway, Suite 1100
Houston, TX 77074

Tel: (713) 535-0683

State and Federal Criminal Law Review provides information about criminal law on both state and federal levels, and Texas Criminal Law Review which is relevant to prisoners in Texas. All three publications can also be read online at

Craig M. Coscarelli is the editor and producer for all three newsletters. Prior to earning a B.S. degree in telecommunications and film from San Diego State University, Craig had trained to be a paralegal during his seven years in federal prison where he fought – and won – his own case and was released. After release, he was immediately hired as a paralegal by a high-profile criminal defense law firm in Houston, Texas where he has worked for the last 10 years. 

To subscribe or for further information on any of these three publications, contact:
Craig M. Coscarelli
9211 West Road, Suite-143-149
Houston, Texas 77064

Phone: (832) 814-1050


Correctional Law Reporter is a bi-monthly law publication which covers recent court decisions and legislative developments in the correctional law realm. Subscriptions are $179.95 per year. For more information, contact:

Correctional Law Reporter
C/O Civic Research Institute
P.O. Box 585
Kingston, NJ 08528

(609) 683-4450


Justice Quarterly is a quarterly publication, published by Routledge, which contains academic articles approved by the Academy of Criminal Justice Services. Subscriptions are $75 per year and come with a membership to the Academy of Criminal Justice Services. For more information, contact:

Justice Quarterly
C/O Routledge Customer Service
325 Chestnut Street, 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106

(800) 354-1420


The Fire Inside is a bi-annual print and web newsletter providing a space where women prisoners and their supporters communicate with one another and the broader public about the issues and experiences faced specifically by women prisoners. The publication prints articles, editorials, art, and poetry, some of which are translated into Spanish. Available at no charge from:

California Coalition for Women Prisoners
1540 Market St., Suite 490
San Francisco, CA 94102

Tel: (415) 255-7036 ext. 4.



The Beat Within presents a forum of writing and artwork from juvenile prisoners across the country and editorial commentary on every published piece. Available weekly online and monthly in print, it is free to prisoners, teachers, counselors and correctional staff. Others are asked for a donation to Pacific New Service in the name of The Beat Within. To subscribe, write to: 

275 Ninth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Tel: (415) 503-4170