A Former Felon Leads The Way In Criminal Justice Reform
In September 1999, Deanna Hoskins was released from a community-based correctional facility after serving six months of a one-year prison sentence. She was 30 and suffering from substance abuse problems. Today, she is a senior policy advisor for corrections and reentry at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Hoskins’ transition from being incarcerated herself to advocating for criminal justice reform in the federal government is the sort of leadership that long-time reformer Glenn E. Martin cultivates with his training program at Just Leadership USA.
In 2016, 17 years after leaving prison, Hoskins participated in the second cohort of Martin’s program, Leading with Conviction.
Martin, also formerly incarcerated, founded Just Leadership in 2014 to train ex-convicts to lead criminal justice reform in their own communities. . .