Letter from the Editors
This edition of Stateville Speaks was produced by students at Loyola University Chicago with various academic backgrounds, including majors in Journalism, Public Relations, Spanish, Criminal Justice and Chemistry. Together, we had the unique opportunity to correspond with current Illinois prisoners through letter-writing. For most of us, this was the first time we were able to connect with prisoners.
We also had guest speakers with various perspectives, including former prisoners Reginald Berry, Sr. and Darrell Cannon, IDOC representative Timothy McLean, victim rights advocate Jennifer Bishop Jenkins, media activist/educator Mindy Faber and Loyola faculty Nicole Ferentz, Lester Manzano and Julia Lieblich. We also reviewed other prisoner publications from around the country for inspiration in designing our own edition. We hope that we have made the readers of Stateville Speaks proud and that you find this edition informative and uplifting. We welcome any reactions and comments.
The editors and entire Loyola staff of Stateville Speaks would like to thank everyone that made this edition possible, especially Bill Ryan, Cynthia Kobel, Elizabeth Coffman, our amazing guest speakers and the Loyola University School of Communication and Department of Criminal Justice. It has been a fun and challenging task, and we were glad to be part of it. We thank all the prisoners for your letters and for all that we have learned from you. We would also like to say thank you one more time to Laurie Jo Reynolds, without whose help, support and knowledge, this issue would not have been possible. From the entire staff of the Stateville Speaks Loyola Edition, thank you, and we hope to be able to work with you in the future.