Bruce Reilly is the Deputy Director of Voice of the Ex-Offender (VOTE) in New Orleans, where he graduated from Tulane Law School. He is a former organizer with Direct Action for Rights & Equality (DARE) in Providence, RI and works with people across the nation on policies related to criminal justice. He is also an artist, poet, director, and playwright, and winner of the 2008 RI State Council of the Arts screenwriting fellowship. Follow his blog at www.unprison.com. #Unprison.

2 responses to “Former Prisoner Facing ‘Backlash’ For Pursuing Education”

  1. cailin rua

    “Without knowing . . .  specific circumstances . . . ”

    people continue to say “tougher” and “stricter” to the point where they sound like broken records, never considering how nihilistic people become once they realize they are throwaways.  Yet, year after year we hear 
    “tougher” and “stricter”.  And, once a person has done their time they are still not satisfied.  It never ceases to amaze me how often those crying out “tougher” and “stricter” will, in their next breath,  describe themselves as “liberal” and “progressive”.

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  2. DogDiesel

    What backlash? He was booted out of on campus living in his home state college that being in the smallest state in the country. This kid is a thug and until he’s proven otherwise, doesn’t belong living in a college dormitory with potential unsuspecting victims. If anyone had fallen victim to this predator, the state would have been on the hook for resulting litigation. Let’s not forget that all universities and colleges are responsible for the safety of it’s resident students. As your typical cynical Rhode Islander, it sounds like dad facilitated a back door entry and was probably jammed up when he applied for the tuition waiver. NOBODY IS STOPPING HIM FROM GETTING AN EDUCATION!

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