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Martha Lynn Shearer is a native of Birmingham, Alabama where she still resides. She is currently employed at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she is a Peer Health Educator for the Alabama Transitions Clinic. Since her release from federal prison twenty years ago, she has become a Licensed Graduate Social Worker and has a Master’s Degree in Addiction Counseling. Martha Lynn is passionate about sentencing/prison reform. Most recently she earned her certification as a Post-Prison Community Health Worker. She is a peer for the Birmingham Community Policing Revitalization Program and participates with the Alabama Jail Ministry. She also serves on the Jefferson County Reentry Supervision and Services Committee of the Jefferson County Reentry Planning Council, is actively involved in her local Neighborhood Association and she has co-presented at the American Public Health Association’s 2014 annual meeting.
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Marc Carr’s passion for social justice and entrepreneurship has led him to work on civil rights campaigns in the Deep South and organize community forums in the U.S. and West Africa. His professional experience includes heading the sales division of a major international corporation in West Africa, consulting for the United Nations Foundation, and working as a Social Media Analyst for McKinsey & Co. Marc is the Founder of Social Solutions, an organization devoted to crowd-sourcing tech solutions to solve intractable social problems. Social Solutions produces a monthly event series, the Capitol Innovation Forum, and the yearly Social Innovation Festival, along with a podcast series, the Capitol Justice Podcast. Social Solutions also spearheads the Capitol Justice Lab, an initiative to reduce the incarceration rate in the nation’s capital by half in five years. Marc is expecting his Master’s Degree in Social Enterprise in 2016 from the American University School of International Service.
Lily is the first woman to earn a Bachelor’s Degree and start a Master’s program straight from Homeboy Industries, and has come out as a formerly incarcerated graduate student at California State University, Northridge. This has given her a platform to address issues around reentry and education and to educate people about how incarceration directly impacts children. She plays a leadership role at her university and is the co-founder of Revolutionary Scholars an on campus organization in support of students affected by mass incarceration. Twitter
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Khalil A. Cumberbatch is a formerly incarcerated advocate who has worked on reentry issues in the New York City area since his release from prison in 2010. In 2014 Khalil received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from CUNY Lehman College where he was awarded the Urban Justice Award for his work with underserved and marginalized communities. He is the Founder and President of Kinetic Solutions, a consulting company focusing on the assessment, implementation and management of multiple social media outlets for agencies within the NYC area. Khalil serves as the Communications and Development Manager, and is a periodic guest host for On The Count: The Prison and Criminal Justice Report, a radio program hosted and produced by formerly incarcerated individuals. He has recently focused his efforts on the concept of perpetual punishment from harsh immigration policies for non-citizens who have criminal justice involvement. Due to this he currently serves as the Strategic Initiatives Consultant at the Immigrant Defense Project, a legal organization that promotes fundamental fairness for immigrants accused or convicted of crimes. In December 2014, Khalil was one of two people to receive an Executive Pardon from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to prevent his deportation from the United States. Khalil is on Twitter @KhaCumberbatch
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Ken Moss serves as a Trainer and Director of Reentry Connect, a non-profit community-building model developed to connect returning citizens and community members in dynamic relationships that create mindset shifts and promotes personal and community growth. Ken is also the Co¬founder of the Ohio Association of Formerly Incarcerated Offenders Inc. Whose mission is to elevate the voice of previously incarcerated individuals to challenge perceptions and change systems to lower recidivism throughout Ohio. Ken sit’s as a mentor and community reentry advocate and resource provider for the Southern District Federal Reentry Court. He is an Elder at the Potter’s House Dayton International Ministries and a volunteer Chaplain with the State of Ohio’s Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections and the Montgomery County Jail. Ken finds providing Biblical counsel and spiritual instruction to those incarcerated behind prison walls both (spiritually/mentally), very impactful and rewarding. Ken, his wife and children live in Dayton, Ohio. He completed his Bachelors of Arts in Criminology from California Creek University and holds a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Certificate. Ken is continuing his education seeking a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Christian Counseling.
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Kathleen Culhane is a Program Associate at the Vera Institute of Justice’s Center on Sentencing and Corrections where her current work is focused on solitary confinement and housing for people leaving prisons and jails. Formerly incarcerated herself in California state prisons, Kathleen recently earned her Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University where she was awarded the Graduate Impact Award for having a lasting impact on her cohort and the Public Policy Program. While a graduate student, she founded and coordinated an interdisciplinary working group on criminal justice policy. She conducted research on the economic and health effects of incarceration in vulnerable populations. She also worked as a research assistant to Professor Bruce Western at Harvard University, and was a graduate summer intern at the Vera Institute of Justice. She is an ongoing Program Team member at Essie Justice Group and an Advisory Committee member for the Incarceration and Public Health Network at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She previously worked at the Women’s Community Clinic of San Francisco and at the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Kathleen additionally served as a formerly incarcerated representative to the San Francisco Reentry Council. She has presented both at the community level and nationally on conditions of confinement, and the intersection of poverty and gender in policies related to prisons and punishment.