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Chazidy Bowman Robinson shares her story of becoming an advocate around post-incarceration syndrome (PICS)

By JLUSA

May 23, 2024

Chazidy Bowman Robinson (Leading with Conviction™ 2021) shares her powerful personal story with Ohio public radio.

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Kelly Savage-Rodriguez shares her powerful story with The Guardian

By JLUSA

May 10, 2024

Survivors who are criminally charged often do not have their history of abuse taken into account during court cases.

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Kemba Smith’s story featured on “America In Black”

By JLUSA

March 19, 2024

Special correspondent Ed Gordon talks to Kemba Smith about her ongoing fight to free those incarcerated people who are still in prison.

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Celia Colón launches new “Powered By Pain” TV series

By JLUSA

March 15, 2024

Celia Colón (Leading with Conviction™ 2018) has launched a new TV series on the JD3 streaming platform. Watch the trailer!

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SaulPaul talks about “Be The Change” on PBS Newshour

By JLUSA

February 1, 2024

SaulPaul (Leading with Conviction™ 2018) was featured last week on PBS Newshour.

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David Garlock shares his powerful personal story on the Cold Red Podcast

By JLUSA

January 30, 2024

The latest episode featuring David Garlock (Leading with Conviction™ 2019) is entitled, “He Went From Murdering His Abuser to Starring in Films ...”

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JLUSA leader Patrice Palmer gets profiled—in the best possible way

By JLUSA

December 11, 2023

Patrice Palmer (Leading with Conviction™ 2015) was featured recently in The Ohio State University alumni magazine.

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JLUSA leader Dieter Cantu speaks about empowering incarcerated youth

By JLUSA

December 5, 2023

Dieter Cantu (Leading with Conviction™ 2020) speaks about his work to empower incarcerated youth in Texas.

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JLUSA leader Philip Cooper on mental health and recovery

By JLUSA

October 10, 2023

Philip “Change Agent” Cooper (Leading with Conviction™ 2022) talks about his lived experience and work around mental health and recovery.

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Returning to Prison — As a Teacher

By David Garlock, Prison Journalism Project

September 13, 2023

JLUSA leader David Garlock (Leading with Conviction™ 2019) wrote recently about his experience for the Prison Journalism Project.

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Kemba Smith Pradia on today’s criminal justice reform movement

By JLUSA

August 16, 2023

The Defender interviewed Kemba Smith Pradia (Leading with Conviction™ 2019) during the recent National Urban League Convention in Houston.

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Survivors of solitary confinement speak out

By JLUSA

August 10, 2023

Johnny Perez (Leading with Conviction™ 2017), director of U.S. Prison Programs for the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, is speaking out.

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Watch JLUSA leader Kent Mendoza in “A Million Dollar Cage” documentary

By JLUSA

August 5, 2023

A new short film follows Kent Mendoza and youth he mentors, as they fight for the implementation of alternatives to youth incarceration in California.

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A Father’s Motivation

By Ronald Simpson-Bey

June 16, 2023

Since 2001, every Father’s Day has been a bittersweet moment for me.

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Maggie Luna speaks about barriers facing formerly incarcerated Texans

By JLUSA

March 16, 2023

JLUSA leader Maggie Luna spoke with Texas Observer about barriers to reentry.

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Marlon Chamberlain on “Permanent Punishments”

By JLUSA

February 28, 2023

Marlon Chamberlain reveals the invisible bars called “permanent punishments” that follow people long after their prison sentences have been served.