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Who we are

This website is a project of the Washington Prison History Project and  the Washington Prison History Archive at the University of Washington Bothell Library. Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

We do not share your data with third parties except when required by law.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Contact Information

For questions or concerns about your personal information or this policy, please contact


The Washington Prison History Project aims to provide researchers, policy-makers, students, and others with primary sources into the history and ongoing reality of mass incarceration in Washington state and the broader Northwest. It provides documentary evidence of the robust civil society that exists within the state’s prisons and detention centers, as well as the complex linkages between prisoner organizing and the diverse communities that incarcerated people come from, return to, or are otherwise connected with. The project gathers documents of and testimonials from currently and formerly incarcerated people and other justice-involved communities.

The project aims to provide a fuller, public accounting of the human magnitude of mass incarceration in the region as part of understanding its effects across the nation. The project emphasizes currently and formerly incarcerated people, who are rarely considered as political actors or constituencies. Yet prisons house several longstanding organizations that emphasize peer education, personal transformation, and transformative justice. The project highlights their voices and experiences as a way to assess the history and consequences of punishment.


A number of faculty, librarians, graduate students, community members and researchers work to bring together and present the materials in the Washington Prison Archive. Below are some of the principal contributors:

Dan Berger is an associate professor at the University of Washington Bothell, and the author or editor of several works on the history of prisons and prisoner organizing.

Magdalena Donea is an independent scholar, writer, and technologist, and a graduate of UW Bothell’s M.A. Cultural Studies program.

Denise Hattwig is the Head of Digital Scholarship + Collections at the University of Washington Bothell/Cascadia Campus Library.

Dani Rowland is an American and Ethnic Studies and First Year Experience Librarian at UW Bothell and Cascadia College.