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The Prision Mirror

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 10, 2022

The Prison Mirror started publication on August 10, 1887.  It is the newspaper of the Stillwater State Prison and is the longest, continuously published prison newspaper in the country.
The initial motto was "God helps those who help themselves;"  a few issues later it changed to "It is never too late to mend." 
The Prison Mirror was co-founded by brothers Cole, Robert, and James Younger, members of the James-Younger Gang who were serving life sentences after taking part in a raid in Northfield, Minnesota, in 1876.
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