Education: Life Story

When Maurice Bradford, a schoolteacher, was 28, and four years out of college, he killed a woman. He was sentenced to life in prison—but never lost his interest in education. He became librarian of the state penitentiary at Concord, N.H.; his 200-odd fellow inmates came to him for advice on correspondence-school courses to take and books to read. The library he built up (and was allowed to sleep in, instead of a cell) became the envy of other prisons.

Last week, after 29 years in jail, Lifer Bradford was being considered for a pardon. In his favor: his classmates ('13) at the...

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