The New Yorker wrote an excellent article about the creation of the Underground Scholars Initiative at UC Berkeley. For the uninitiated observer, it may not seem like there is a pressing need for a formerly incarcerated student support group at an elite university. As it turns out however, there is a sizable population of formerly incarcerated students on campus in addition to individuals impacted by the system. The ability to retain their humanity and dignity in face of dehumanizing conditions is inspiring, to say the least. It’s even more impressive that these individuals have transcended their past transgressions to emerge on the other side with a brighter future within grasp.