In a piece for Longreads and The Marshall Project, Ike Bailey '95 traces complex relationships among a brother in prison for murder, race and the criminal justice system.
"Drive the backroads of South Carolina to the small town of Ridgeville, and you'll be greeted by a large, handmade sign reading "Your sins killed Jesus" amid the pine forests and small barns. I grew up traveling those roads but only recently noticed the sign, long after I had stopped caring about sin and consequence or what either of those things means.
"Because on April 27, 1982, while I was asleep in a room with a couple of wooden bunk beds, blankets on the floor, and too many brothers, Herbert "Moochie" Bailey Jr. was killing a man named James Bunch a few miles away. Moochie was 22 years old at the time. I was only 9."
Bailey is a 2016 Soros Justice Fellow, a 2014 Harvard University Niemen Fellow, and a noted South Carolina journalist.