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Lyle C. May


Lyle C. May is a prison journalist, abolitionist, and Ohio University alum currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in sociology, with a criminology major. He is a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society and the Author’s Guild. May’s writings have appeared in Scalawag Magazine, Perspectives on PoliticsThe InterceptAmerica MagazineInside Higher Ed, and elsewhere. May is author of Witness: An Insider’s Narrative of the Carceral State. He is also a coauthor of Inside: Voices from Death Row (Scuppernong Editions, 2022) and contributor to Right Here, Right Now: Life Stories from America’s Death Row (Duke University Press, 2021). He routinely lectures to high school and university students, church groups, and community organizations on the politics, policies, and experiences of mass incarceration. As he pursues every legal avenue to overturn his wrongful conviction and death sentence, Lyle advocates for greater access to higher education in prison.