The Opening Statement is a free quarterly newsletter that features articles written by those currently imprisoned by the state of Michigan. We publish poetry, political writing and opinion pieces, as well as other relevant pieces by non-incarcerate authors. We include author names (legal name in parenthesis, required for prisoner mail) and MDOC numbers below to encourage writing to folks whose pieces inspire you. Check out the Pen Pal page for tips on writing to someone inside.

OPENING STATEMENT – FALL 2019  (CLICK THE LINK TO DOWNLOAD PDF)

ARTICLES AND AUTHORS LISTED BELOW:

  • The Problem with the Blanket Assumption That Everyone Convicted of Murder is Incorrigible Lamont Heard #252329
  • The Closing Argument Rev’s Solution
  • JPay Preys on Passive Knee-Grows Randal LeFevre #289197
  • Democracy and Dictatorship: The Chilean Carceral State and Abolitionist Resistances Rustbelt Abolition Radio & Vitrina Dystóptica
  • Speaking to the Walls Tracy Leigh
  • Recidivism: An Analogy Reco Simmons
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging Rolando X 
  • Bend The Bars Reportback & Events The Opening Statement Editorial Team
  • Bend The Bars 2019 Whyse

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