To the Editor: “Help Us Learn in Prison,” by John J. Lennon, an Attica inmate (Sunday Review, April 5), urging that prisoners be offered college courses, hit me like a ton of bricks. That was me in the early 1990s, in my cell, believing that I was destined to sell drugs on the corner, with…

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By Clio Chang / USNews.com  Image courtesy ny1.com The New York City Department of Corrections has decided to eliminate solitary confinement for inmates age 16 and 17 by the end of the year. This resolution is a response to public criticism of abusive conditions at Rikers Island, which houses more than 12,000 of the city’s…

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