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Cast your vote for JustLeadershipUSA at South by Southwest!

By JLUSA

August 11, 2022

Help bring formerly incarcerated voices to audiences at next year's South by Southwest festival.

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JLUSA leader Brandon Smith on CNN’s “United Shades of America”

By JLUSA

August 9, 2022

Brandon Smith speaks about incarcerated firefighters on "United Shades of America" with W. Kamau Bell

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JLUSA leader Saad Soliman speaks about how the recession may impact formerly incarcerated BIPOC

By JLUSA

August 5, 2022

Saad Soliman speaks with PRISM about how the recession may make things worse for formerly incarcerated BIPOC.

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Jayland Walker Shooting Revives Debate About How Police Interact with Black People

By JLUSA

July 7, 2022

JLUSA President & CEO DeAnna Hoskins speaks out on the murder of Jayland Walker

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How Roe v. Wade’s Reversal Will Impact Incarcerated Women

By DeAnna Hoskins

June 27, 2022

MSNBC’s Michael Steele spoke to Deanna Hoskins, President of JustLeadershipUSA, about the impact the Court’s decision could have on incarcerated women

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Ronald Simpson-Bey discusses instilling safety within U.S. prisons and jails with Chicago Beyond

By JLUSA

June 6, 2022

Chicago Beyond hosted a virtual conversation featuring Executive Vice President Ronald Simpson-Bey on instilling safety within U.S. prisons and jails.

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Leading with Conviction 2021 fellow Ashley Goldon explains why Michigan’s new “Clean Slate” law falls short

By JLUSA

June 2, 2022

#LwC2021 fellow Ashley Goldon speaks with Crain's Detroit Business.

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DeAnna Hoskins at PBS NewsHour: What Reentry 2030 Is About

By DeAnna Hoskins

May 20, 2022

Reentry 2030 is a collaboration among JLUSA, the Council of State Governments Justice Center, the Correctional Leaders Association.

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Overturning Roe v. Wade: JLUSA Leaders Speak Out on the Impact on Incarcerated Women

By JLUSA

May 16, 2022

#LwC2015 fellow Lauren Johnson joined JLUSA President & CEO DeAnna Hoskins to speak with VICE news about the impact of overturning Roe v. Wade.

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Leading with Conviction 2022 fellow Keeda Haynes explains why we must demand the U.S. Senate pass the MORE Act now

May 4, 2022

Leading with Conviction 2022 fellow Keeda Haynes went on MSNBC last month to talk about the importance of the MORE Act.

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Celebrating Second Chance Month

By JLUSA

April 28, 2022

Everyone deserves a second chance, and this month we're celebrating our leaders working to build support systems for formerly incarcerated people acro

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I’m hoping to remove barriers for people coming home, some of the same barriers that I encountered.

By Richard Speck, #LwC2021

November 10, 2021

Richard Speck is a Community Engagement Specialist at Safe and Just Michigan.

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I want to see the resources that are provided to certain populations be provided equally for all.

By David Gaspar, #LwC2021

October 27, 2021

David Gaspar is National Director of Operations at The Bail Project.

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You can feel the rumbling of the earth underneath you when you work in this field.

By Debra Wright, #LwC2021

October 14, 2021

Debra Wright supervises substance use disorder programs throughout Michigan.

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I would love to see us reshape the whole system in a way that’s more just for all people.

By Tony Gant, #LWC2021

September 24, 2021

Tony Gant is the Policy Director for Nation Outside

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In this work you have to believe in the magical and mystical.

By Christopher Zahn, #LwC2021

August 5, 2021

Christopher Zahn is a Certified Recovery Coach/Trainer, Peer Specialist, Reentry Specialist and Nurturing Parenting Program Facilitator.