Graduation Date

Winter 12-13-2019

Grading Professor

Lisa Armstrong

Subject Concentration

Urban Reporting

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Lee Chalk has spent more than three decades in state prison, and is now applying for executive clemency to have his sentence ended early. He is guilty of a crime, being involved in an armed robbery turned deadly which killed two people. Our project explores the potential for transformation and rehabilitation inside prison, and the personal and political ramification of mass incarceration and extreme sentencing.

A shorter version of the capstone was also published with Gothamist here:



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