Prison to Ph.D.: Michelle Jones

‘From Prison to Ph.D.: The Redemption and Rejection of Michelle Jones” by Eli Hager is written for people who want to know more about how criminal justice affects people involved with crime.This article is about Ms. Jones who spent 20 years in prison, but sent many of those years studying history. She was accepted into many top-notch schools including Harvard, initially. She was then rejected from Harvard due to the fact that she didn’t emphasize why she was in prison. The purpose of this article was to address the idea that people who have been imprisoned and are trying to make a life for themselves after they have served their time are struggling to find good opportunities.

New York Times is a common magazine. The author of this article works for the Marshall Project, which is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system (About Section). This gives the reader idea that the article is probably biased for the benefit of Ms. Jones. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the article is wrong: I believe it is accurate. The article does not affect the way Ms. Jones is viewed, but rather how Harvard is viewed.

I mentioned earlier about the purpose of the article. I said that people who have been imprisoned and are trying to make a life for themselves after they have been released, are struggling to find good jobs, schooling, and other opportunities. I believe this to be true and so do many other people. According to the Simmons Staff, ex-criminals have very few opportunities and struggle to make a living for themselves legally. Many ex-criminals are discriminated against, as mentioned in “The Life-long Stigma of Being an Ex-Prisoner.” Overall, the stigma behind ex-criminals is starting to decrease, but it is still affecting ex-criminals from achieving all they are capable of achieving.

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