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Featured Work

See a selection of highlighted written articles, interviews/podcasts, and book publications by Lyle:

For all of Lyle's published work, see below:

“Prison is designed to break

one’s spirit and destroy one’s resolve. To do this, authorities attempt to exploit every weakness, demolish every initiative, negate all signs of individuality—all with the idea of stamping out that spark that makes each of us human and each of us who we are.”

-Nelson Mandela

“Imprisonment is increasingly used as a strategy of deflection of the underlying social problems--racism, poverty, unemployment, lack of education, and so on.”

-Angela Davis

Article:  The psychological torment and unconstitutionality of the state’s intent to kill

Read Lyle's newest article on how the threat of a death sentence creates a crucible of dehumanization that no one should have to experience and no one has the right to inflict.

Published on Prism, December 21, 2023

PC: Photo illustration by Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

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Panel discussion: Abolishing the Carceral State: From Death Row to Guantanamo Bay and Everything in Between

Lyle participated on a panel discussion put on by the Muslim Counterpublics Lab featuring firsthand perspectives and an inside look on what it means to abolish the carceral state from those directly impacted by this system. Watch a recording of the panel here!


Book: Witness: An Insider's Narrative of the Carceral State

A book written by Lyle May, out from Haymarket Books in the Spring of 20234 Available for pre-order now!

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