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06 May 2010

What Changed My Mind About Criminals

I used to think all criminals were guilty of being too lazy to try to live better lives. I thought criminals were criminals simply because they wanted to be – leeches who ruined life for the rest of us. I didn’t care about their “reasons” or “excuses” for what they did. I don’t harbor those misconceptions any more – thanks to a prison literature course at Virginia Commonwealth University.

06 May 2010

Professor Helps Prisoners Find Themselves Through Writing

David Coogan has been an English professor at Virginia Commonwealth University since 2004. In 2005, he started his Prison Writing Project as a form of outreach to inmates at the Richmond City Jail. Two years later, he began teaching a prison literature class to educate students about the issues revealed in his workshop.