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We’re taking criminal justice reform to a whole new level!

By Kemba Smith Pradia, #LwC2019 Fellow

August 16, 2019

Kemba Smith Pradia is a graduate of Virginia Union University and was the recipient of a two year Soros Justice Postgraduate Fellowship.

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From that moment on, I just knew that advocacy and policy were going to be the game-changers for me.

By Miea Walker, #LwC2019

July 18, 2019

I am the Criminal Justice Manager of the Policy and Advocacy Division with Forward Justice which is based in my home state of North Carolina.

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Mass incarceration is just the fourth generation of slavery, and collateral sanctions are just Jim Crow all over again.

By Crystal Bryant, #LwC2019

July 2, 2019

I am the Director for the Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry.

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There’s always something to be said when you’re doing something for the community you grew up in or serving a population where you can relate directly to their experiences.

By Yasmine Arrington, #Lwc2019

July 1, 2019

I am the Founder and Executive Director of ScholarCHIPS, a not-for-profit organization based in Washington, D.C.

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I want to help people who have lost the ability to dream to dream again.

By David Garlock, #LwC2019

May 15, 2019

After a Leading with Conviction forum ... you realize you’ve just solved a problem you thought was beyond you.

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When I started to hear other women’s stories, I realized something had to change. I realized this wasn’t just me.

By Zaria Davis, #LwC2019

May 1, 2019

Leading with Conviction is awesome. There is so much content and useful information for me as a leader that I can take back.

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To know I’ve given a voice to people who consider themselves voiceless is huge for me.

By Jonathan McGee, #LwC2019

April 17, 2019

Leading with Conviction is transformational.

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I want to leverage technology to end mass incarceration.

By Marcus Bullock, #LwC2019

March 18, 2019

When I was only fifteen years old, I was sentenced to eight years in prison and sent to a maximum security facility hours away from my home.

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We are people who were caught up in the system and made it out, and now we get to be the voice for other people.

By Alaina Combs, #LwC2019

March 6, 2019

I can’t talk about Leading with Conviction without crying because I’m just so grateful to be a part of this cohort.

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You’re Born with Either a Fight or Flight Response, And Luckily I was Born with the Fight Response. I’ve Been Fighting Since I was a Child.

By James Monteiro, #LwC2018

November 19, 2018

The best thing I got from Leading with Conviction is I’m never alone. There’s always someone I can reach out to across the country.

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What’s at the top of my agenda now is my role as the new criminal justice columnist with ‘Creators Syndicate.’

By Chandra Bozelko, #LwC2018

I’ve carved out an area in thought leadership, so my advocacy comes in challenging assumptions.

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Everybody I Know and Loved is in a Cage and I’m Never Going to Be Okay With That

By Ryan Lo, #LwC2018

October 19, 2018

That’s what we’re trying to do--use media to shift culture.

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I still feel a sense of amazement when I look at where I am today.

By Seán Dalpiaz, #LwC2018

October 1, 2018

The Leading with Conviction training is excellent, and the coaching I received from David was pivotal...

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You’re born either with a fight or flight response, and luckily I was born with the fight response. I’ve been fighting since I was a child.

By Kandra Clark, #LwC2018

For me, Leading with Conviction has been life-changing.

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I’ve been out of prison for fifteen years, but I have been reconvicted over and over again because of my criminal record.

By Susan Mason, #LwC2018

September 20, 2018

Over those years I received multiple job offers, but as soon as the employers did a background check, the offers were rescinded, one by one.

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I’m the founder and president of the National Workforce Opportunity Network.

By Jeffrey Abramowitz, #LwC2018

We are a fully integrated workforce development and career placement for-profit agency serving individuals with barriers to gainful employment.