I’m not sure how new this is but it’s new-to-me: the Washington Prison History Project. From the front page: “Welcome to the Washington Prison History Project, an online project documenting the history of prisoner activism and policy in our state. The site features a robust collection of prisoner-produced newspapers from the late 20th century; oral histories and testimonials about the Washington state prison system; research on local histories of punishment; and a text-adventure computer game designed inside a maximum security prison.”
Business Insider: France wants Google to take down pictures of prisons after ‘the jailbreak king’ escaped one by helicopter. “France has asked Google to remove photos of prisons from the internet, including one from which a notorious criminal known as ‘the jailbreak king’ escaped by helicopter this year. Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet said she had written to the internet search engine to request the removal of sensitive photos, but no action had been taken.”
ABC News (Australia): Prisoners in pictures: A history of incarceration in NSW told with newly digitised archive. “A newly digitised archive detailing the stories of nearly 50,000 prisoners incarcerated in New South Wales between 1870 and 1930 is the foundation of a new exhibition, and one that is hoped to stimulate more investigation. Captured: Portraits of Crime is an exhibition and major project of State Archives and Records NSW, which has selected 37 of the prisoners to tell their stories in-depth.” The exhibition publication is easily found and interesting reading. I’m having more difficulty finding the full archive.
Indian Express: Government to launch national database on undertrials. “The National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) in collaboration with the National Informatics Centre (NIC) is working on a national digital database of undertrials. “The data will be uploaded from the district centres. When operational, the database will make available at the push of a key information on undertrials languishing in jails across the country.” An “undertrial” is someone who is in custody and awaiting trial for a crime.
CBC News: Clock ticking on historical prison documents, former correctional officer fears . “David Harvey carefully turns the pages of an old prison ledger, the pages ripped, the binding cracking as he shuffles each page. It’s this document and hundreds more that are at stake if someone doesn’t take the necessary steps to preserve them, he says.”
Slate: Admissions Books for an Early-19th-Century Prison Hold a Wealth of Stories. “The American Philosophical Society’s library holds four fascinating admissions books offering details on prisoners held at Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary in the 1830s and 1840s…. It’s a little difficult to read the scanned versions of the books, but Scott Ziegler, of the American Philosophical Society, and Michelle Ziogas have transcribed the information within and made the data available through the University of Pennsylvania’s Magazine of Early American Datasets.”
Queen’s University Belfast: Queen’s University Launches the Visual Voices of the Prisons Memory Archive. “Queen’s University in partnership with the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), and the Prison Memory Archive (PMA) Management Group, will today (Wednesday 29 March) launch The Visual Voices of the Prison Memory Archive project. The Prison Memory Archive is a collection of 175 filmed walk-and-talk recordings with those who had a connection with Armagh Gaol and the Maze and Long Kesh Prison during the conflict in Northern Ireland. The unique recordings were filmed during 2006 and 2007 with prison officers, prisoners, and probation officers, discussing at length their experiences of the prison. A diverse range of other participants include relatives, teachers, chaplains, lawyers, doctors, and maintenance workers.”