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See Lyle's upcoming projects and new releases below

“Prisons do not disappear social problems, they disappear human beings.”

-Angela Davis

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Witness: An Insider's Narrative Of the Carceral State

by Lyle C. May

Due out from Haymarket Books in the Fall of 2023.

Author's Note:

Two essays in the book Inside: Voices From Death Row also appear in Witness: An Insider's Narrative of the Carceral State. These essays are "Learning to Die" and "A Confirmation of Faith". Learning to Die was originally published in the Copper Nickel. A Confirmation of Faith was originally published in America Magazine under the title " Sealed With a Gift: What Being on Death Row Taught Me About Life", Vol.226, No.3, Whole No.5273, March, 2022. These essays are republished because their topics are critical to remembering the humanity of those the State has executed and seeks to execute.

 Break Out 2022 Livestream

"Y'all Ain't Here To Be Rehabilitated" by Lyle C. May was read by actor Asia Kate Dillon at the Pen America Prison Writing Awards Reading & Launch in partnership with Brooklyn Public Library on December 2nd. Read Lyle's essay published on Open Campus Media here.

Go to 45:30 to hear them read Lyle's essay!


Simple Math

Read Lyle's recent publication on The Vera Institute of Justice about how cultural brutality creates a standard of violence towards incarcerated people and obscuring in-custody deaths. 

Read Lyle's newest article on Scalawag!

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Southern Criminal Justice Association Conference 

Lyle recently spoke at the Southern Criminal Justice Association Conference, which took place in Asheville, North Carolina, on September 15. He gave a speech as the first of six panelists to talk about some element of long-term imprisonment and the death penalty. 

A transcription of his speech is available on our website!

Inside: Voices From Death Row

Inside: Voices from Death Row is the second edition of the originally titled Crimson Letters: Voices from Death Row. Both books were edited by Tessie Castillo and coauthored by Lyle C. May, Michael Braxton, Terry Robinson, and George Wilkerson. Inside: Voices from Death Row was released by Scuppernong Books on September 15th 2022. The collection of essays covers various periods in the coauthors lives in and out of prison as they try to make sense of their different, yet parallel, trajectories that ultimately converge on North Carolina's death row. For more information go to

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