Lyle C. May
Lyle C. May is an Ohio University alum, member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society, and currently finishing his bachelors in specialized studies degree program in Criminal Justice Administration.
Though a contributing freelance journalist for Scalawag Magazine, Lyle's writing also spans a number of other publications that include Perspectives on Politics, The Intercept, America Magazine, Meal Magazine, and the Copper Nickel.
Lyle routinely guest lectures on the politics, policies, and experiences of mass incarceration and America's harshest punishments, speaking with university and high school classes, church groups and podcasts, and at conferences both nationally and internationally.
Through his writing and public lectures, Lyle pulls back the curtain on the criminal legal system to bridge the gap between what the public thinks it knows about crime and punishment, and what actually occurs to generations of Americans.
“We’re supposed to sentence people fairly after fully considering their life circumstances, but instead we exploit the inability of the poor to get the legal assistance they need—all so we can kill them with less resistance.”
“I am convinced that imprisonment is a way of pretending to solve the problem of crime. It does nothing for the victims of crime, but perpetuates the idea of retribution, thus maintain the endless cycle of violence in our culture.”
– Howard Zinn
Central Prison, Raleigh, North Carolina
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