He Spent 12 Years in Prison. Now He Teaches Criminal Justice to College Students.
Emma Pettit, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Sitting in his prison cell, José Bou never imagined himself standing at the front of a classroom, teaching criminal justice.
Bou earned his undergraduate degree from Boston University while serving a 12-year sentence at a Massachusetts prison for drug trafficking. After his release, in 2011, Bou got a master's degree in criminal justice. Now, at 42, he's an instructor at Holyoke Community College, in Holyoke, Mass., where he was born.
In this interview, Bou reflects on his time in prison, how his life experiences inform his teaching, and why—with adequate resources—he thinks there could be more people like him.