Bobby Harris

Philadelphia Community Organizer

Philadelphia, PA

Bobby Harris is a social justice advocate and community organizer for JLUSA’s “Close The Creek” campaign in Philadelphia. His advocacy work and community organizing as a directly impacted person, has lead to his organizing along side JLUSA, bold actions to cut the prison population in half by 2030. At the age of 15, he was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. He served 29 years in prison until being released in 2017 following the Supreme Court decision in Miller v. Alabama in which the Court ruled that mandatory sentences of life without the possibility of parole are unconstitutional for juveniles. While incarcerated, he dedicated himself to personal development, education and helping others. He earned a degree in child psychology from Stratford Career Institute, and also became NCCER and OSHA certified. He authored “Awakening Our Manhood Mentoring Program, and used his leadership skills and education to address prison experiences by creating solutions. Bobby eventually became President of the L.I.F.E. Association where he helped create the Keystone Scholarship which benefited children whose parents were victims of crime. Since his release, Bobby has been a voice for criminal justice reform and is recognized as one of the most effective formerly incarcerated leaders in Philadelphia. His criminal justice reform efforts have included serving on the District Attorney’s Criminal Victim’s Advocacy Committee, organizing the historical Joint Democratic Policy Committee & PA Legislative Black Caucus Hearing on criminal justice reform inside the State Correctional Institution at Dallas, supporting second chance legislation, panelist for Circle Up, which is a restorative justice group, mentoring and community re-investment. Bobby Harris is currently enrolled at CCP where he is studying digital video production.