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JustUS Coordinating Council Second Chance Month Reentry Simulation

By JLUSA

April 20, 2024

The JustUS Coordinating Council joins the Office for Access to Justice and the Bureau of Prisons for a reentry simulation event.

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Emilee Shell fighting for voting rights for people in Mississippi with felony convictions

By JLUSA

April 19, 2024

Earlier this week Emilee Shell (Leading with Conviction™ 2023) spoke with media at the Mississippi Capitol in Jackson following a legislative hearing.

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Marlon Chamberlain on 4.1 million people in Illinois eligible for expungement

By JLUSA

April 18, 2024

“In Illinois, there’s an estimated 4.1 million people that will be impacted, if and when we’re able to eliminate these permanent punishments.”

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“Speech” from Arrested Development collaborates with currently and formerly incarcerated musicians on new “Track Change“ podcast

By JLUSA

April 17, 2024

Rapper and musician Todd “Speech” Thomas collaborates with the currently and formerly incarcerated to help them tell their stories through song.

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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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Ronnie Waters and Felicia Tyson-Waters on the JustUs Speaks Podcast

By JLUSA

April 15, 2024

He was sentenced to life without parole as a juvenile and spent 40 years behind bars. She stood by him and fought for his release for four decades.

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JustLeadershipUSA joins with 40+ other orgs to relaunch “Vision for Justice” 2024

By JLUSA

April 12, 2024

JustLeadershipUSA is proud to join with 40+ other national justice organizations to relaunch “Vision for Justice.”

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2nd Annual Second Chance Freedom Ball

By JLUSA

April 11, 2024

The 2nd Annual Second Chance Freedom Ball—hosted by JustLeadershipUSA and the JustUS Coordinating Council—is taking place Saturday, April 20, in D.C.

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Khalif Ali says “codifying voting rights … is a moral imperative”

By JLUSA

Khalif Ali (Leading with Conviction™ 2020) says that Americans “cannot turn a blind eye” to the threats facing the country’s democratic institutions.

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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 on the JustUs Speaks Podcast

By JLUSA

April 8, 2024

She lost her job, her home, and was forced to start all over. Today, she is using her educator skills by helping families of incarcerated loved ones.

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Brandon Smith shares his thoughts on CBS’s hit drama Fire Country

By JLUSA

April 5, 2024

Brandon Smith (Leading with Conviction™ 2020) is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Forestry and Fire Recruitment Program (FFRP).