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06 May 2010

For Ex-Cons, Re-entering Society is Daunting

After they’ve served their time behind bars and are released back into society, prisoners often need education, employment, housing and other assistance – or else they’re likely to return to committing crime. But such help can be hard to find.

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.

04 May 2010

David and Tony: A Love Story

David and Tony are among many gay couples across the nation who have traveled to another state to be married while their home state refuses to recognize their union. For couples in such situations, there are several medical and legal concerns.