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 titled "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. 

Winter/Holiday 2020Summer/Fall 2020Spring 2020Fall/Winter 2019Summer 2019Spring 2019Fall/Winter 2018Summer 2018Spring 2018Spring 2017Winter 2016Fall 2016SUMMER 2016SPRING 2016Special Edition 2015Fall 2015Summer 2015Spring 2015FALL/WINTER 2014Summer 2014Winter Essay 2014Special Edition 2014Spring 2013Fall 2012Summer 2012March 2012May 2011September 2010February 2010August 2009January 2009April 2008March 2008September 2007August 2007April 2007January 2007September 2006August 2006June 2006April 2006January 2006September 2005December 2005August 2005March 2005June 2004