Lyle May is a writer and death row prisoner in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is published in the J Journal of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the Raleigh News & Observer, and on his blog Beyond Steel Doors. His self-published memoir is entitled Waiting for the Last Train.
Suffering is an integral aspect of criminal justice for the offender, who should do so with the “difficulty of that reckoning and even the fear and pain it may cause,” they deserve an opportunity to repair the damage for which they are responsible.
If the learning institutions that strengthen our societal fabric are unwilling to help educate prisoners, then that support must come from elsewhere. I am an example of how such support can transform a life that would have otherwise been squandered.