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My Wild and Winding Path to a College Degree Behind Bars
Rahsaan “New York” Thomas was proud to finally earn his associate’s degree in San Quentin State Prison. But repeated COVID-19 lockdowns turned his graduation ceremony into a two-year ordeal.
Rahsaan “New York” Thomas
I Grew Up Believing I Was Dumb. A College Education Behind Bars Healed That Wound
“My college degree taught me that anything is possible when you show someone how to love themselves, through accountability, vulnerability and education.”
December 17, 2020
How Trump Made a Tiny Christian College the Nation’s Biggest Prison Educator
His administration has funneled $30 million to Ashland University in Ohio. Critics say the school’s tablet-based program fails incarcerated students.
April 5, 2018
Finding College by Way of Prison
“Taking classes helped me forget that I wasn’t free.”
, as told to
March 28, 2018
The Uncertain Fate of College in Prison
Obama revived Pell grants for prisoners, but the program faces a cloudy future.
January 3, 2017
Getting Away With Murder
Researching lynching cold cases, law students restore history.
August 21, 2016
Does College Hazing Defy the Laws It Spawned?
Many states bar dangerous rituals, but little seems to change.