The Law: Teaching Law Behind Bars

David Galling, 24, is serving seven to 21 years in the sprawling prison complex at Lorton, Va., for assault with a deadly weapon and armed robbery. Like many convicts, all Gatling knew about the U.S. legal system until recently was that it had put him behind bars. But thanks to a promising new idea in prisoner education and rehabilitation, Gatling has become familiar enough with the law to see that it is not necessarily stacked against him, that it can be even-handed and may actually work in his favor.

Gatling is one of the...

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