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About the Transcription Project

Due to a lack of typewriters and computers in most prisons, many prison writers are limited to writing their essays longhand. These essays along with poor-quality typed essays need to be converted into electronic text format so users can search the archive using key words and phrases. The "Transcription Project" is designed to allow volunteers to participate in the conversion process by transcribing essays for the APWA.

Many of the essays to be transcribed are only a few pages long, so fully transcribing these should only take one session. The transcription is then reviewed and approved by a project team member. Within a few days it will be published alongside the original essay.

We add a steady flow of new essays as resources permit. Anyone who is interested should see the list of essays that need to be transcribed; to start participating, please register as a transcriber.

Please accept in advance our sincere thanks for the time and effort you contribute to this project. Such citizen participation helps to advance the goal of The American Prison Writing Archive, to let incarcerated people speak for themselves.

(updated: 2019-06-25)