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 – WINTER 2020  (CLICK THE LINK TO DOWNLOAD PDF)

ARTICLES AND AUTHORS LISTED BELOW:

  • Prison Life and Mass Incarceration Charles A. Jackson #600271
  • Legalized Lynching of Poor People Curtis L. Jones AKA Muhammad #221006
  • Michigan: The Harvester of Humans Robert Winburn AKA Scott Libby #222196
  • Metamorphosis James Washington III #303575
  • Limiting Intellectual Development: A Form of Oppression Dwight Henley #246521 and Jamie Meade #232516
  • The 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution Ahjamu K. Baruti
  • From the Factory to the Warehouse: A Brief History of Prison Labor in Michigan MAPS Editorial
  • Learning How to use our Past: A Reaction to The Fire Next Time Colleen O’Brien #589655

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