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Formerly Incarcerated Man Shares Long Road To Voting Again

By Lisa Landrum

February 9, 2024

Reporter Lisa Landrum tells the story of one man in Virginia who recently had his day in court to confirm his voting rights were restored.

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Dominique Grant speaks out on Georgia’s Senate Bill 63

By JLUSA

February 7, 2024

Dominique Grant (Leading with Conviction™ 2024) co-authored an op-ed to address the recently passed Georgia Senate Bill 63. Here’s what she said.

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Tracey Syphax celebrates Black History Month with special menu items at Booker’s restaurant

By JLUSA

February 6, 2024

Tracey Syphax (Leading with Conviction™ 2019) and his wife Cheri were featured for Black History Month recently on ABC 6 in Philadelphia.

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Mark Rice on Wisconsin’s prison lockdowns: “A hellish limbo”

By JLUSA

January 31, 2024

Mark Rice (Leading with Conviction™ 2017), coordinator of the Wisconsin Transformational Justice Campaign, joins the “Rattling the Bars” podcast.

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60 Minutes on the Federal Bureau of Prisons: “An Agency in Crisis”

By JLUSA

January 29, 2024

60 Minutes went inside a federal women’s prison where inmates had a message for the crisis-plagued Bureau of Prisons: “Fix it.”

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Avalon Betts-Gaston on supporting immigrants and the formerly incarcerated in Aurora, Illinois

By JLUSA

January 27, 2024

Avalon Betts-Gaston (Leading with Conviction™ 2022) speaks to Illinois public radio about the need for affordable housing.

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Rep. Tarra Simmons proposes bill to give incarcerated people in Washington state the right to vote

By JLUSA

January 23, 2024

Washington House Bill 2030 would effectively allow anyone incarcerated in a state prison to vote or sit on a jury.

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Ronald Simpson-Bey shares his story on “The Stories Behind the Sentence”

By JLUSA

January 19, 2024

In December, JustLeadershipUSA Executive Vice President of Strategic Partnerships Ronald Simpson-Bey joined a virtual panel discussion.

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JLUSA collaborates with Vera Institute on new “Dignity Principles” report/guide

By JLUSA

January 17, 2024

The new report released last week is entitled Dignity Principles: A Guide to Ensure the Humane Treatment of People in U.S. Carceral Settings.

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JLUSA leader Candice Bailey set to deliver monologue on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2024

By JLUSA

January 12, 2024

For Candice Bailey (Leading with Conviction™ 2023), delivering a monologue is her way of paying homage to the fearless leaders who came before.

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Will the Supreme Court Deprive Incarcerated People of Health Care?

By Chandra Bozelko

January 9, 2024

JLUSA leader Chandra Bozelko (Leading with Conviction™ 2018) writes about a recent case that could come before the Supreme Court.

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Keturah Herron files to run for state Senate seat

By JLUSA

January 8, 2024

Kentucky state Rep. Keturah Herron (Leading with Conviction™ 2019) has filed to run for a state Senate seat in 2024.

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Mark Rice speaks out against using the National Guard to fill Wisconsin prison staffing shortages

By JLUSA

December 29, 2023

Mark Rice (Leading with Conviction™ 2017) says Wisconsin should close prisons and redirect funds rather than call in National Guard to fill staffing.

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Prosecutor and sheriff elections in 2024 could be as important as President and Congress

By JLUSA

December 27, 2023

With roughly 2,200 prosecutors and sheriffs on the 2024 ballot, voters will weigh in on county offices throughout the nation next year.

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Mark Renick helps deliver Christmas cookies to incarcerated people in Idaho

By JLUSA

December 21, 2023

Mark Renick (Leading with Conviction™ 2018) helps deliver 145,000 Christmas cookies to 6,000 incarcerated people in Idaho prisons.

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JLUSA leader Dawn Harrington on restoring voting rights after a felony conviction in Tennessee

By JLUSA

December 18, 2023

Dawn Harrington (Leading with Conviction™ 2017), founder of Free Hearts, speaks out on felony disenfranchisement in Tennessee.