Former prison teacher works to dispel prejudice against inmates

Aug 17, 2016
Originally published on August 16, 2016 5:06 pm

When you think of "prison inmates," what's the first thing that comes to mind?

For many, it might be the face of someone convicted for a high-profile, brutal crime.

For others, it may be the image of some vague, homogenous mass of "bad" people who are best locked away. 

Judy Patterson Wenzel begs to differ.

After a quarter-century teaching in a classroom in Milan Prison, she has retired. She now works to dispel the prejudice that prisons create, to help us on the outside to know her students who are on the inside. 


Judy Patterson Wenzel is an author, educator and social activist based in Ann Arbor.

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