February 2, 2018 — In late 2017, Glenn E. Martin, the founder and former president of JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA) informed the Board of Directors that he was facing general allegations of misconduct. The board initiated an independent investigation to ensure that JLUSA provided a safe and appropriate work environment. The investigation resulted in no discovery of wrongdoing at JLUSA. In December 2017, Mr. Martin decided that it would be in the best interest of the organization for him to resign, and the Board of Directors accepted his resignation on December 20, 2017.
In recent days, specific allegations have been raised which, if true, violate JLUSA policies and principles. In light of these allegations, we will thoroughly review our internal systems to ensure appropriate safeguards are in place to provide a safe environment and a model organizational culture.
JLUSA strongly condemns abuse and harassment of any kind. People who come forward with allegations of abuse or harassment must be heard and supported. Our organization and the larger movement for criminal justice reform must be committed to challenging and changing the larger culture of patriarchy and sexism in our society that gives license to sexual harassment, abuse, and discrimination.
JLUSA was launched with values we all hold dear — amplifying the voice of disenfranchised communities and furthering the values of equality, fairness, accountability and redemption. As we move forward in light of these troubling accusations, JLUSA must lead with the principles that we call on our justice system to reflect; we must make space for healing for those who have been harmed and for those who have caused harm.
JustLeadershipUSA remains committed to redefining justice in America. JLUSA advocates for a justice system that seeks to prevent harm, holds individuals accountable and promotes healing; rather than a system based solely on punishment and isolation. We believe in transformative justice because we believe change is possible and urgent, even more so now than ever before.