For These Incarcerated Women, Print Sure As Hell Ain’t Dead

A zine from a group of inmates proves that prison reform can come from the inside.

Cover of Issue 31 by Jenni Gann

In the early 2000s, a group of women at Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem, Oregon were reading over prison zines created by men. They identified with some topics—racist treatment, guard brutality, human rights violations—but began to realize that the zines failed to address specific issues that women faced on the inside, things like sexual harassment and assault by prison employees, being pregnant in prison, and losing custody of their children on the outside. Thus, Tenacious: A Zine of Art & Writing by Women in Prison was born.

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