Troy Chapman: Caring Makes Us Human


When a stray cat came into the yard at a Michigan prison, Troy Chapman and his fellow inmates discovered they enjoyed caring for the cat. The experience helped Chapman realize how much he missed kindness—receiving it as well as giving it.

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In 1984, I was convicted of second-degree murder for killing a man in a bar-room fight. Since that time, I have committed myself to a life of atonement. Currently I teach an ethics class in my prison and maintain a blog at