College on Death Row
Lyle C. May, College Inside
Many prisoners struggle to learn, with prison often magnifying their problems and making stressful, difficult situations worse. Higher education is a way to directly challenge institutionalization, giving incarcerated individuals the tools to defeat criminality.
Lyle C. May, a prison journalist in North Carolina, describes in this essay how gaining access to education on death row gave him the tools to fight back against policies restricting educational access.