These weren’t your ordinary bedtime stories. As a child Brian Hill would fall asleep to stories and essays written by his father’s students—students who were serving time in California’s Folsom State Prison. “That’s where [my] concern with criminal justice and helping those in prison have a better shot all started,” says Hill.
Years later, while in a graduate program at Northwestern, Hill worked on a project with Cook County Jail in Chicago to reduce the inmate population. He was dismayed to see “10,000 guys watching daytime television.” He says, “You realize that’s what’s happening all around the United States—2.25 million people watching daytime television while incarcerated. I knew that we could do a lot better than that in this country.”
Read Hill’s full story at BYU Magazine.