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Inside Scholars

Your recent cover story ("Heart of Darkness," Feature, May 7) was about the Jessup Correctional Institution (JCI) Scholars, and a unique volunteer program initiated by Loyola University philosophy professor Drew Leder. As one of the JCI Scholars, I would like to say kudos to City Paper, and Baynard Woods, for the fine article. I would also like to point out two other related items.

First, under the Newt Gingrich "Contract with America," funding for Pell Grants which enabled prisoner access to worthwhile college programs and enlightenment, came to a crashing halt in 1994 or 1995. Prior...