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Image for post titled Tiawana Brown shares her story of going from poverty to Charlotte City Council

Tiawana Brown shares her story of going from poverty to Charlotte City Council

By JLUSA

July 18, 2024

Tiawana Brown (Leading with Conviction™ 2020) spoke at the 2024 Wild Goose Festival in Harmony, NC, on a panel about ending mass incarceration.

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Keeda Haynes featured in new short documentary film on second chances

By JLUSA

July 8, 2024

Keeda Haynes (Leading with Conviction™ 2022) featured in documentary film highlighting Shelby County reentry initiatives.

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Mark Rice says it’s time to close prisons in Wisconsin and reinvest funds to build communities

By JLUSA

July 5, 2024

Leading with Conviction™ 2017 graduate Mark Rice speaks about closing prisons and reinvesting resources to build people and communities.

Image for post titled Chivas Watson joins protest at the Supreme Court in D.C. to oppose the death penalty

Chivas Watson joins protest at the Supreme Court in D.C. to oppose the death penalty

By JLUSA

July 3, 2024

For his second year in a row, Chivas Watson (Leading with Conviction™ 2023) joined an anti-death penalty protest at the Supreme Court. Watch!

Image for post titled Oswald Newbold on the correlation between men’s mental health and crime reduction

Oswald Newbold on the correlation between men’s mental health and crime reduction

By JLUSA

June 24, 2024

Oswald Newbold (Leading with Conviction™ 2024 participant) writes for Men’s Mental Health Awareness Month.

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Emilee Shell to Formerly Incarcerated and Justice-Impacted Leaders: Join Us in D.C. on June 29!

By Emilee Shell

June 17, 2024

Your participation in the Moral March on Washington is vital because you bring a unique and powerful perspective to the fight for justice.

Image for post titled Ronald Simpson-Bey on how a current court case could take down “qualified immunity” for police and prosecutors

Ronald Simpson-Bey on how a current court case could take down “qualified immunity” for police and prosecutors

By Ronald Simpson-Bey

June 14, 2024

Because of the “absolute immunity” and “qualified immunity” doctrines, I was not able to sue the prosecutor nor law enforcement agents for misconduct.

Image for post titled Mark Rice responds to humanitarian crisis in Wisconsin prisons

Mark Rice responds to humanitarian crisis in Wisconsin prisons

By JLUSA

June 13, 2024

Mark Rice (Leading with Conviction™ 2017) writes, “It is time for Wisconsin policymakers to invest in care — not cages.”

Image for post titled Marlon Chamberlain on why people with felony convictions should be allowed to run for local office in Illinois

Marlon Chamberlain on why people with felony convictions should be allowed to run for local office in Illinois

By JLUSA

June 10, 2024

Marlon Chamberlain (Leading with Conviction™ 2019) appeared last week on the “Legal Face-Off” show on WGN Radio.

Image for post titled Ashley Furst responds to the media portrayal of Trump’s felony convictions

Ashley Furst responds to the media portrayal of Trump’s felony convictions

By Ashley Furst

June 6, 2024

Ashley Furst (Leading with Conviction™ 2024 participant) writes, “I’m sure people have seen this image floating around the Internet by now ...”

Image for post titled Dawn Harrington speaks to the <em>New York Times</em> about the rhetoric surrounding Trump’s felony convictions

Dawn Harrington speaks to the New York Times about the rhetoric surrounding Trump’s felony convictions

By JLUSA

June 5, 2024

Dawn Harrington (Leading with Conviction™ 2017) says the rhetoric has been “quite frankly dehumanizing to the base that we organize with.”

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Kristy Laschober shares message of hope to incarcerated people via video conference

By JLUSA

May 31, 2024

Kristy Laschober (Leading with Conviction™ 2023) spoke recently via videoconference for the “Tuesday Night Huddle” hosted by Hope for Prisoners.

Image for post titled Jennifer Toon discusses mental health struggles in Texas women’s prisons

Jennifer Toon discusses mental health struggles in Texas women’s prisons

By JLUSA

May 29, 2024

Jennifer Toon (Leading with Conviction™ 2024 participant) co-hosts a podcast that recently the discussed harsh realities for women in Texas prisons.

Image for post titled Oswald Newbold says: “The Pact for the Future must include the unique needs of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated persons”

Oswald Newbold says: “The Pact for the Future must include the unique needs of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated persons”

By JLUSA

May 27, 2024

Oswald Newbold (Leading with Conviction™ 2024 participant) writes at IPS News about the UN’s recent Summit for the Future.

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

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.

Image for post titled John Koufos shares his powerful story with The Last Mile radio show

John Koufos shares his powerful story with The Last Mile radio show

By JLUSA

May 21, 2024

Hear how his reckoning with alcoholism was nearly fatal, and how his work in support of criminal justice reform is bolstered by his lived experience.