Yale, University of New Haven Partnership Celebrates First Degrees Awarded to Inmates
SUFFIELD, Conn. (AP) Marcus Harvin has two identification cards.
One shows he is a fellow at Yale College, which is helping him on a track toward law school.
The other shows he is a parolee, just released from the maximum security MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution after spending six years in prison for a highly publicized drunken driving accident that left his two young children injured.
Harvin, who hopes to become a defense attorney someday, was back inside the prison Friday for a graduation ceremony at which he received his associate degree in general studies from the University of New Haven. He and six other men make up the first class to matriculate from a partnership between UNH's Prison Education Program and the Yale Prison Education Initiative.
That name, Yale, means so much because Im from New Haven and to be able to study at Yale and begin studying in prison is unheard of," said Harvin. People even think Im lying sometimes, so Ill show them my jail I.D. and my Yale I.D.