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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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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.

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Lauren Johnson on struggling with addiction: “I needed treatment … not another jail sentence”

By JLUSA

May 15, 2024

Lauren Johnson (Leading with Conviction™ 2016) writes: “Unfortunately, my story is not uncommon, especially for those who struggle with addiction.”

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Kesha Hamilton reflects on “going viral” a year later

By JLUSA

May 14, 2024

In a recent interview, Kesha Hamilton (Leading with Conviction™ 2021) reflected on the turbulent past year.

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Marlon Chamberlain in the Chicago Tribune: “I should be able to run for local office”

By JLUSA

May 13, 2024

“The blanket exclusion of individuals with felony convictions from running for local office perpetuates a cycle of marginalization ...”

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Chazidy Bowman on her “full circle moment”—from Emerging Leaders™ participant to panelist speaker

By Chazidy Bowman

May 8, 2024

Chazidy Bowman (Leading with Conviction™ 2021) spoke on a panel recently at the Emerging Leaders™ training in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Timothy Burgess on the state of criminal justice reform in Vermont

By JLUSA

May 7, 2024

Timothy Burgess (Leading with Conviction™ 2023) describes Vermont’s position on second chances: “You know all the music, and none of the words.”

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Melissa Ludin on advocating for second chances in Wisconsin

By Melissa Ludin

April 29, 2024

“Second chances don’t often support people categorized under violent offenses.”

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Marcus Kelley on the existence of slavery in Michigan’s prison system

By JLUSA

April 24, 2024

Marcus Kelley (Leading with Conviction™ 2024 participant) writes for Riverwise Detroit about the exist of slavery in Michigan prisons.

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Navigating the Paradox: Second Chance Month vs. Fair Chance Hiring

By Ashley Furst

April 23, 2024

Ashley Furst (Leading with Conviction™ 2024 participant) writes, “Individuals with lived experience … can help create solutions to these problems.”

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Lauren Johnson and Ruby Welch write on Second Chance Month for Ms. Magazine

By JLUSA

April 21, 2024

Lauren Johnson (LwC 2016) and Ruby Welch (LwC 2023) write about Second Chance Month at Ms. Magazine.

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Latecia Hill on Her Fight for a Fair Chance

By Latecia Hill

April 16, 2024

On the road to redemption, it is imperative that we have access to fair-chance employment opportunities, providing sustainable wages, etc.

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Paul Rothschild on True Second Chances

By Paul Rothschild

April 10, 2024

Paul Rothschild (Leading with Conviction™ 2024 participant) shares his post-incarceration experience and what a true “second chance” really is.

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Jessica Snow announces Flikshop’s new “Family Matters” reentry ebooks

By Jessica Snow

April 3, 2024

Jessica Snow (Leading with Conviction™ 2023) is the Vice President of Operations at Flikshop.

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Guy Hamilton-Smith on people with convictions for sex offenses, science, and “shadow con law”

By JLUSA

March 26, 2024

Guy Hamilton-Smith (Leading With Conviction™ 2019) writes on his personal Substack about sex offenses, science, and what he calls “shadow con law.”

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Tiawana Brown on the city of Charlotte criminalizing homeless people

By Tiawana Brown

February 20, 2024

Charlotte, NC city council recently passed ordinances to criminalize six things that directly impact the city’s homeless population.