What’s going to be in it?
Our content plans for On the Outs includes articles about personal growth and development, articles encouraging self-reflection, articles and tips for preparing for life on the outs, news items relating to Reentry, book reviews, crossword puzzles & word scrambles, comic strips, an advice column (“Ask Mr. A”), reader submissions (articles, Op/Eds, poetry, etc.), and more!
How much does it cost?
The cover price is “Free.” That doesn’t mean it’s free to produce, however. It costs a lot of money to design and print 10,000 copies of a tabloid every two months (our goal for our inaugural issue).
Our goal is to cover as much of the production and distribution costs as possible with advertising and sponsorships and deliver the publication for free, via bulk delivery, to people incarcerated in county, state and federal correctional facilities.
If it’s free, how will you pay for it
Our goal is to cover as much of the production and distribution costs as possible with advertising and sponsorships.
Which agencies have you contacted about distributing On the Outs?
We are in the process of contacting numerous agencies to discuss the possible distribution of On the Outs to inmates in those systems. Below is a list of agencies we have contacted thus far.
California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Florida Department of Corrections
Georgia Department of Corrections
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Nevada Department of Corrections
Oregon Department of Corrections
Orange County Sheriff’s Department
Placer County Sheriff’s Office
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Yolo County Sheriff’s Department
Why would an agency provide copies for every inmate?
First of all, it gives inmates something positive to read and do! Our content directly supports the reentry process, reinforcing the philosophy and programming that many inmates already receive. It can also serve as a vehicle for specific reentry programming content, through the publication of guest articles.
In addition, the logistics of delivering individual tabloids is substantial. If we mailed copies directly to just 10% of the inmates in any facility, the cost for the staff to sort, locate and deliver those copies would far exceed the time and expense of simply delivering a bundle of tabloids to each housing unit.
I’m not incarcerated. Can I still get On the Outs?
Absolutely. Our goal is to make free copies of On the Outs available at locations around the Sacramento area (to begin with). We also offer subscriptions to individuals and businesses for $5/year. That’s less than $1 per issue. To subscribe, go to our Subscribe page.
Can I submit an article to On the Outs?
Yes. We accept unsolicited submissions from anyone (on the inside or the outside). See our Submissions page.
How do I contact the publisher?
View the masthead in each issue (and on this website) for the publication’s postal and email address.
Can I advertise in On the Outs?
Absolutely. As soon as we have our rate card completed we’ll post a link.
How big is it?
On the Outs is a tabloid measuring 11″ wide by 17″ tall.
What’s a “tabloid?”
Tabloids are traditionally half the size as a traditional “broadsheet” (17 x 22.75″), which used to be the standard for newspapers. These days, a tabloid is considered just about any newspaper that smaller than a broadsheet. The image below shows a copy of On the Outs with other publication sizes for scale.
How can I cancel my subscription?
For information on how to cancel your subscription, go to our Cancel page.