Stateville Speaks is a newsletter written by and for incarcerated individuals, their families, those working in the correctional system, and other interested citizens. 

Since 2009 the Justice Studies Department has served as the institutional home for the paper, and since that time we have integrated the paper into our course work as an approved internship placement for Justice Studies Majors. 


Stateville Speaks emerged from an idea for a prison essay contest. Response to the contest was enormous, and the writing was so good, that Mr. Ryan took the entries and published a book entitled Lockdown Prison Hearts. But writings kept pouring in and the Stateville Speaks newsletter was launched. What began as a few mimeographed pages with 200 readers is today a publication that reaches more than 3,000 inmates, the general population, politicians, and the media. Published three times a year, it is now about 20 pages in length and provides information important to and created by incarcerated individuals, including their original poetry, essays, cartoons, and artwork.

When Mr. Ryan decided to spend more time with his grandchildren and lobbying on behalf of elderly prisoners, he looked around for a permanent home for Stateville Speaks. Thus, in 2009 it moved into the Justice Studies Department at Northeastern Illinois University when Professor Kingsley Clark opened up his classes to the paper.  Today, Professor Clark’s former student, Gayle Tulipano, provides the editorial leadership that ensures Stateville Speaks continues to give voice to Illinois’s incarcerated population.  Justice Studies students at Northeastern work on the paper as well as answer mail from inmates and relatives of inmates.

Stateville Speaks Archive

Every Stateville Speaks newsletter published since the publication's inception has been converted into PDF format, and can be viewed and downloaded using the links on this page. 

June 2004

March 2005

August 2005

September 2005

December 2005

January 2006

April 2006

June 2006

August 2006

September 2006

January 2007

April 2007

August 2007

September 2007

March 2008

April 2008

January 2009

August 2009

February 2010

September 2010

May 2011

March 2012

Summer 2012

Fall 2012

Spring 2013

Special Edition 2014

Winter Essay 2014

Summer 2014

Fall-Winter 2014

Spring 2015

Summer 2015

Fall 2015

Special Edition 2015



Fall 2016

Winter 2016

Spring 2017

Spring 2018