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The Redemption and Rejection of Michelle Jones
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About the Entry

This profile by The Marshall Project for The New York Times explores how universities weighed an aspiring scholar’s potential against her past, raising questions about attitudes toward ex-inmates who have served their time. 

Entry Credit

  • Eli Hager, Staff Writer, The Marshall Project

Comments from the Judges

“Incredible story – raises important questions for higher education, particularly as the number of people with prison records continues to grow.”

“Truly remarkable and memorable work. Strong on every level.”


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