Two Articles Concerning The Redemption and Rejection of Michelle Jones
Date:  09-22-2017

Prosecutor in Jones' case says Harvard’s rejection of Jones, after she was initially accepted, is "highly inappropriate"
From The Marshall Project:

In prison for more than 20 years, Michelle Jones was chosen for Harvard's elite graduate history program — until the university decided her redemption was not enough.

Michelle Jones was released last month after serving more than two decades in an Indiana prison for the murder of her 4-year-old son. The very next day, she arrived at New York University, a promising Ph.D. student in American studies. In a breathtaking feat of rehabilitation, Jones, now 45, became a published scholar of American history while behind bars, and presented her work by videoconference to historians’ conclaves and the Indiana General Assembly. With no internet access and a prison library that skewed toward romance novels, she led a team of inmates that pored through reams of photocopied documents from the state archives to produce the Indiana Historical Society’s best research project last year. As prisoner No. 970554, Jones also wrote several dance compositions and historical plays, one of which is slated to open at an Indianapolis theater in December. N.Y.U. was one of several top schools that recruited her for their doctoral programs. She was also among 18 selected from more than 300 applicants to Harvard University’s history program. But in a rare override of a department’s authority to choose its graduate students, Harvard’s top brass overturned Jones’s admission after some professors raised concerns that she downplayed her crime during the application process. Continue reading >>>

A commentary on the above article, also posted by The Marshall Project was written by well-respected Harvard sociologist and author Bruce Western. Read Making Sense of Senseless Violence here.