Gerard Robinson, host of In Character, is the editor of a collection of 22 personal essays written by men and women with criminal convictions whose lives were significantly improved by educational opportunities available to them during incarceration—be it an individual course, a GED, a vocational education, or a postsecondary degree program. The authors describe their experiences with education programs in US states including Arkansas, Indiana, Massachusetts, New York, and Virginia.
Published by the Advanced Studies in Culture Foundation, A Story to Tell includes a foreword by Ryan S. Olson, Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. Robinson wrote the introduction and conclusion. He observes:
Access to educational programming is a critical part of criminal justice reform. Each author shares real-world examples of such themes as tragedy, triumph, hope, love, violence, and forgiveness. They articulate the unique role that participation in an education program during incarceration—and the teachers, administrators, counselors, and case workers who manage it—played in her or his reinvention process, whether inside or beyond prison walls.
About the authors of the essays: