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What Do They Have In Common?: The New York Times & An Indiana Prison (VIDEO)

What Do They Have In Common?:
The New York Times & An Indiana Prison (VIDEO)


The answer is: Michelle Jones.

Michelle Jones was recently released this summer after serving almost 20 years in an Indiana prison.

She was convicted of murdering her 4-year-old son.

The day after she got out, Jones went to New York University, as a Ph.D. student in American studies. Seriously.

This story was produced in partnership with The New York Times.

Jones is now 45 and became a published scholar of American history while she was still behind bars.

She presented her work by videoconference to historians’ conclaves and the Indiana General Assembly.

Jones did this with no internet access and a prison library stocked with mostly romance novels, she headed up a team of fellow inmates.

They were tasked with searching through photocopied documents from the state archives to produce the Indiana Historical Society’s best research project last year.

Jones also wrote several dance compositions and historical plays. One of her plays is in rehearsal now and plans to open at an Indianapolis theater in December.

N.Y.U. was one of several top schools that actively recruited her for their doctoral programs.

She was also among 18 selected from more than 300 applicants to Harvard University’s history program. Wow.

However, the top brass at Harvard decided to over turn the authority of the admission department to choose its graduate students.

Some of the Harvard elite were worried that she had downplayed her crime during the application process.

Which means anyone can easily do a Google search and see what she was convicted of. Which means Harvard is worry about the “backlash” they might receive putting a murderess into their grad program.

Although, it seems they may have had a change of heart. Watch the video below for more info.

Here’s a very informative documentary on Indiana Prison for men as the other video has been taken down:

Thank you for reading. I wish you many imaginative tales.

R.M. Robbins

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