From death row to middle school

After 20 years as a lawyer for death-row prisoners, Tom Dunn is teaching middle school in Atlanta, reports the New York Times. He wants to keep his students from ending up like his former clients.

He quotes Frederick Douglass: “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

Trained by Teach for America, Dunn specializes in helping students with learning disabilities who’ve been mainstreamed. Nearly all his death-row clients had learning disabilities, he says. None had a supportive authority figure who might have made “the difference between a good life and a ruined life.”

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