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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 Impossible Math Behind Pay-Per-Minute Prison Messaging

Read Lyle's article on the real cost of prison e-messaging platforms. In North Carolina prisons, we’re charged for every minute we want to look at family photos or read messages from friends. 

Published on Slate,  June 19, 2023

PC: Photo illustration by Slate

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Panel discussion: Attorney-Client Relationship After Shinn v. Ramirez: What is "effective" counsel?

Watch a recording of the virtual panel to see Lyle discuss effective counsel alongside Brooklyn Law School Professors Alexis Hoag-Fordjour, Lisa Washington, and Jocelyn Simonson, as well as Molly Parmer, criminal defense attorney in Atlanta.

April 19, 2023

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

A book written by Lyle May, out from Haymarket Books in the Fall of 2023. Available for pre-order now!

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