A newspaper, not a screws' paper

This article reports on the history of Inside Times, a newspaper written and edited by prisoners in England. The paper has grown from a 12-page compilation for a full-color, 40-page monthly with a circulation of about 42,000 and a website.

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When the first edition of Inside Time, the monthly newspaper for prisoners, was banned by a prison governor, it gained instant credibility. Here at last was an irreverent publication - a paper that gave prisoners a voice.

The idea of a paper that would discuss offenders' complaints and fears was mooted in the wake of the 1990 Strangeways riots - 25 days of rooftop protests at overcrowding and squalid conditions at the Manchester prison. Such a paper was seen as a way of relieving tension inside Britain's simmering jails. Read more...