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From Prison to Ph.D.: The Redemption
and Rejection of Michelle Jones

New York Times, by Eli Hager

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 9/13/2017 7:59:29 PM

Michelle Jones was released last month after serving more than two decades in an Indiana prison for the murder of her 4-year-old son. The very next day, she arrived at New York University, a promising Ph.D. candidate in American studies. (Snip) Elizabeth Hinton, one of the Harvard historians who backed Ms. Jones, called her “one of the strongest candidates in the country last year, period.” The case “throws into relief,” she added, the question of “how much do we really believe in the possibility of human redemption?” The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization that focuses on criminal justice and

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Well, Harvard has been the dumping grounds for future liberal politicians, scientists, historians, policy makers. As one who over twenty years ago was involved as a participant in a program where the other person had to reveal "why" they were in this specialized hospital, admitting the truth was paramount. She needs to tell the true circumstances about her 4-year old-daughters death & where her body was buried to the police. (Parents of missing children always seek this closure.) Then, I would believe she deserves another chance, since there is no double jeopardy protects her.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: nwcudagal, 9/13/2017 8:06:06 PM     (No. 11382594)

I´m so sorry I started to read this article. Made me sick.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Highlander, 9/13/2017 8:40:14 PM     (No. 11382611)

Once a murderess, always a murderess. Her dead four-year-old will always be that woman´s legacy.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: earlybird, 9/13/2017 9:01:55 PM     (No. 11382622)

The gift of education does not create redemption for murdering a human being, especially one’s own baby.

I agree that this article is a sickmaker.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: kono, 9/13/2017 9:16:14 PM     (No. 11382637)

Maybe the American History standout can study America´s history of mothers who kill their own kids and what they have in common.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 9/13/2017 9:21:52 PM     (No. 11382644)

I fail to understand liberals´ love of convicts. I keep remembering Norman Mailer and Jack Henry Abbott.

https://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/11/12/mailer-and-the-murderer/



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Reply 6 - Posted by: agrunt, 9/13/2017 9:28:33 PM     (No. 11382647)

and the four year olds comment was -- oh wait he couldn´t comment.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: lakerman1, 9/13/2017 9:48:19 PM     (No. 11382661)

A student is not a Ph.D. candidate until he, she, or it passes doctoral comprehensive exams.
Murderess Jones is a doctoral student.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 9/14/2017 1:57:09 AM     (No. 11382804)

See why the good guys never win ?

It´s hard to imagine a child killer described as a "breathtaking feat in rehabilitation" She will take a seat from someone who did everything right and wants to enter college.
After the comment about Drew Faust, I can see where Harvard is going.

Why are our leaders always going rah rah rah for the bad guys?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 9/14/2017 1:59:46 AM     (No. 11382805)

Sorry for a second comment.
Her son will never go to Harvard or any other college.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Bur Oak, 9/14/2017 7:22:24 AM     (No. 11382919)

Redemption is a journey not a destination. It is likely a journey she wouldn´t have started voluntarily.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: rolfnader, 9/14/2017 8:24:00 AM     (No. 11382958)

At Hahvahd, that´s just considered a late-term abortion.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Edgelady, 9/14/2017 12:41:02 PM     (No. 11383261)

I found myself having mixed feelings as I read through the article. And I, too, don´t like the idea of her being a professor to young college students (I´m assuming that´s what she wants to do with her doctorate.)

I can think of no good "excuse" for what she did - except her youth and living in a world of abuse does do the most awful of things to the human psyche.

If she has indeed atoned for her sins, not just in spending her time in prison, but also continuing her bereavement for her child, what she could be useful and good at is helping young women NOT get to prison. There´s plenty of studies on incarceration - what about programs to prevent abuse, encourage learning, all those things she apparently didn´t have when growing up. That´s where she can really pay her dues to society.

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