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Louis L. Reed - Sr. Director of Membership & Partnerships

Louis L. Reed is the Sr. Director of Membership and Partnerships for the REFORM Alliance. Louis is a board-certified addictions counselor and licensed alcohol & addictions practitioner. Louis’s experience in government includes conceptualizing and serving as Director of the Mayor’s Office for Reentry Affairs in the City of Bridgeport, CT. His policy reform experience includes leading advocacy for the historic First Step Act and strengthening reentry practices and services for people returning from prison. Louis is a Council of Criminal Justice trustee and has appeared on CNN, CBSN, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and in national publications. Louis lives in Connecticut, consults in strategic partnerships/organizing, and is a guest commentator on the Law & Crime Network.

Website - https://reformalliance.com/meet-reform/louis-l-reed/

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Greg Couch - Operations Commander of Teller County Sheriff's Office

Greg Couch was born and raised in Oklahoma City, OK. He wanted to be a police officer since the age of 7. In November of 1990 he was hired on OKC PD as a dispatcher and was accepted into the OKC police academy on April 14,1992. Over the next 13 years he worked a low-income high crime and illegal narcotics area known as NW 10th Street and consistently maintained one of the highest levels of self-initiated activity and made numerous high-felony arrests. In 2006 he retired from the OKC PD. In October 2012 he moved to Teller County where he began in the jail at Teller County SO in November 2012. In June 2017 he became Operations Commander for Sheriff Mikesell. In June 2018 he graduated from the FBI National Academy. He considers this the pinnacle learning achievement of his career and an experience he will never forget. During his 29 years in Law Enforcement, he has earned several achievement/appreciation awards for his actions.

Website - https://www.tellercountysheriff.com/

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Ondreya Rivera - Police Officer

Ondreya is originally from a small town in Colombia in the state of Huila. She was born and raised in Colombia and at the age of 17 she moved to the United States with her biological father. Since she was a kid, she was obsessed with law enforcement and wanted to be a law enforcement officer. She always saw law enforcement as a representation of ethical, organized, intelligent people and even heroes and she wanted to be that. Ondreya wanted to protect her community and even her country from their violent pass and to create a better future. Unfortunately, as she grew up in Colombia, she realized how much corruption there was in many levels of their government.

Kathy Morse - Advocate

Kathy Morse is a former detainee at Rikers Island. New York State oversight agency determined that Rikers is so dangerous, it can no longer be permitted to accept inmate transfers from outside New York City. Kathy is one of several people formerly incarcerated at the troubled complex who tells her story in "Rikers: An American Jail." Kathy missed a court date and was picked up and sent to Rikers. During her stay, she was sexually assaulted by 4 detainees while taking a shower to teach her a lesson. They heard Kathy was a snitch.  Kathy never reported the assault because, in Rikers, correctional officers retaliate against you for reporting abuse or they just ignore your claims of abuse.

Websites: http://rikersfilm.orghttps://www.closerosies.org/indexhttps://vimeo.com/212659765

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Greg Couch - Operations Commander of Teller County Sheriff's Office

Greg Couch was born and raised in Oklahoma City, OK. He wanted to be a police officer since the age of 7. In November of 1990 he was hired on OKC PD as a dispatcher and was accepted into the OKC police academy on April 14,1992. Over the next 13 years he worked a low-income high crime and illegal narcotics area known as NW 10th Street and consistently maintained one of the highest levels of self-initiated activity and made numerous high-felony arrests. In 2006 he retired from the OKC PD. In October 2012 he moved to Teller County where he began in the jail at Teller County SO in November 2012. In June 2017 he became Operations Commander for Sheriff Mikesell. In June 2018 he graduated from the FBI National Academy. He considers this the pinnacle learning achievement of his career and an experience he will never forget. During his 29 years in Law Enforcement, he has earned several achievement/appreciation awards for his actions.

Website - https://www.tellercountysheriff.com/

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Howard Henderson - Director & Professor

Howard Henderson is the Founding Director of the Center for Justice Research and professor of Justice Administration in the Barbara Jordan - Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs. Howard is an expert on culturally responsive criminal justice research, program evaluation and predictive bias. Recently, Dr. Henderson served as the chair of the data subcommittee for Houston’s Racial/Ethnic Disparities Committee Data Workgroup supported by the MacArthur Foundation. Dr. Henderson serves as an advisor to local, state and federal legislators and a host of criminal justice agencies along with reform-oriented organizations. His research has been cited by Politico, Vice, Aljazeera, Yahoo News, and The Crime Report.

Website - https://www.centerforjusticeresearch.org/team/howard-henderson

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Rachel Moran - Associate Professor of Law

Rachel Moran is an associate professor and founder of the Criminal and Juvenile Defense Clinic at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Moran focuses her scholarship on issues pertaining to police accountability, policing reform, and public access to records of police misconduct. Her work has also been cited in CNN, The Economist, Vox, Bloomberg News, and many other media outlets. Moran attended law school at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she graduated with High Honors and served on the law review. Moran previously served as an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law and coached many mock trial teams, including two national best advocates and the 2015 National Trial Competition champions.

Website - https://www.stthomas.edu/law/facultystaff/a-z-index/rachel-moran.html

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Somil Trivedi - Senior Staff Attorney

Somil Trivedi is a Senior Staff Attorney at the ACLU's Criminal Law Reform Project and adjunct professor of law.  He has brought numerous lawsuits against prosecutors and police nationwide and writes extensively on the conflict of interest between them. His work integrates novel lawsuits and amicus briefs with legislative, advocacy, and voter education efforts to change incentives for law enforcement and reduce mass incarceration and racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Trivedi was previously a trial attorney at the Department of Justice’s Fraud Section and the United States Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. Before that, he worked in white collar criminal and regulatory defense, representing clients in investigations before DOJ, state attorneys general, district attorneys, and the U.S. Congress.

Website - https://www.aclu.org/other/aclu-criminal-law-reform-project

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Jason Paladino - National Security Investigative Reporter

Jason Paladino is a national security investigative reporter at POGO. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, NBC News, Huffington Post, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, KQED, The Virginian-Pilot, and more. His reporting laid the foundation for a feature-length documentary film, "Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn?," screening at film festivals nationwide. He came to POGO from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism’s Investigative Reporting Program, where he taught new investigative techniques, FOIA and internet research skills. Jason has experience working with whistleblowers from government, law enforcement, and private industry and is always open to new tips.

Website - https://www.pogo.org

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Bill Freivogel - Professor

William H. Freivogel is a professor in the Southern Illinois University School of Journalism, a contributor to St. Louis Public Radio and publisher of the Gateway Journalism Review. Before SIU, Freivogel worked 34 years at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch where he was assistant Washington Bureau chief and deputy editorial editor. Freivogel graduated from Stanford University where he was co-editor of the Stanford Daily. Freivogel got his law degree from Washington University in 2001 while working as deputy editorial editor. Freivogel has written academic articles on publishing national security secrets and on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. William wrote a series of more than 30 stories on the legal aspects of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson; the stories won the Missouri Bar’s top journalism award in 2015 and an ABA Silver Gavel in 2016.

Website - https://siu.edu/

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Greg Couch - Operations Commander of Teller County Sheriff's Office

Greg Couch was born and raised in Oklahoma City, OK. He wanted to be a police officer since the age of 7. In November of 1990 he was hired on OKC PD as a dispatcher and was accepted into the OKC police academy on April 14,1992. Over the next 13 years he worked a low-income high crime and illegal narcotics area known as NW 10th Street and consistently maintained one of the highest levels of self-initiated activity and made numerous high-felony arrests. In 2006 he retired from the OKC PD. In October 2012 he moved to Teller County where he began in the jail at Teller County SO in November 2012. In June 2017 he became Operations Commander for Sheriff Mikesell. In June 2018 he graduated from the FBI National Academy. He considers this the pinnacle learning achievement of his career and an experience he will never forget. During his 29 years in Law Enforcement, he has earned several achievement/appreciation awards for his actions.

Website - https://www.tellercountysheriff.com/

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Greg Couch - Operations Commander of Teller County Sheriff's Office

Greg Couch was born and raised in Oklahoma City, OK. He wanted to be a police officer since the age of 7. In November of 1990 he was hired on OKC PD as a dispatcher and was accepted into the OKC police academy on April 14,1992. Over the next 13 years he worked a low-income high crime and illegal narcotics area known as NW 10th Street and consistently maintained one of the highest levels of self-initiated activity and made numerous high-felony arrests. In 2006 he retired from the OKC PD. In October 2012 he moved to Teller County where he began in the jail at Teller County SO in November 2012. In June 2017 he became Operations Commander for Sheriff Mikesell. In June 2018 he graduated from the FBI National Academy. He considers this the pinnacle learning achievement of his career and an experience he will never forget. During his 29 years in Law Enforcement, he has earned several achievement/appreciation awards for his actions.

Website - https://www.tellercountysheriff.com/

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Tracy Phernetton - Homeless Youth & Social Justice Advocate

Tracy Phernetton is a Writer, Speaker, Homeless Youth Advocate & Social Justice/ Abolish the Death Penalty Advocate. Tracy currently works for the YMCA Youth & Family Services of the greater Minneapolis/Twin Cities area as a life coach and Case Manager for a program called Minor Connect. Minor Connect is the first of its kind in the Nation that works with Homeless Unaccompanied Minors while using collaborative community resources with a Trauma-Informed/holistic approach. Tracy currently has a caseload of 15 active youth. Tracy has 18 years of experience working with at-risk youth, as well as Addiction/Chemical dependency & Crises Intervention. Tracy has an incredible ability to inspire and empower others to be the best they can be.

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Tracy Phernetton - Homeless Youth & Social Justice Advocate

Tracy Phernetton is a Writer, Speaker, Homeless Youth Advocate & Social Justice/ Abolish the Death Penalty Advocate. Tracy currently works for the YMCA Youth & Family Services of the greater Minneapolis/Twin Cities area as a life coach and Case Manager for a program called Minor Connect. Minor Connect is the first of its kind in the Nation that works with Homeless Unaccompanied Minors while using collaborative community resources with a Trauma-Informed/holistic approach. Tracy currently has a caseload of 15 active youth. Tracy has 18 years of experience working with at-risk youth, as well as Addiction/Chemical dependency & Crises Intervention. Tracy has an incredible ability to inspire and empower others to be the best they can be.

Tricia "CK" Hoffler - CEO of The CK Hoffler Firm

Tricia “CK” Hoffler is the CEO of The CK Hoffler Firm, an Atlanta-based law firm that specializes in representing plaintiffs in trucking accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death, catastrophic personal injury, civil rights litigation, commercial litigation, employment discrimination, opioid litigation and global commercial transactions. Ms. Hoffler is licensed in 5 states including Georgia, Florida, Virginia, DC and Pennsylvania. To date, Ms. Hoffler has tried and/or settled cases totaling over $800 million. An accomplished attorney, Ms. Hoffler was previously a partner at Edmond, Lindsay & Hoffler, LLP and a partner at Gary, Williams et al. in Florida. 
Website - https://www.ckhofflerfirm.com/

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Jody David Armour - Law Professor & Author

Jody David Armour is the Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at the University of Southern California. He is a widely published scholar and popular lecturer. His latest book, N*gga Theory: Race, Language, Unequal Justice, and the Law, looks at America’s criminal justice system – among the deadliest and most racist in the world – through deeply interdisciplinary lenses. Armour also appears as a legal analyst on NBC, CBS, ABC, and many other television, radio, and internet news programs. His award-winning book, Negrophobia and Reasonable Racism: The Hidden Costs of Being Black in America (New York University Press) addresses three core concerns of the Black Lives Matter movement—namely, racial profiling, police brutality, and mass incarceration. Armour currently teaches Criminal Law, Accident Law (Torts), and a seminar on Stereotypes, Prejudice, and the Rule of Law.
Website - https://jodyarmour.com/

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Brian Ross - Chief Investigative Reporter/On-Air Host

Brian Ross joined the Law & Crime Network as chief investigative correspondent in 2018 after decades of award-winning work at ABC News and NBC News. His reports have exposed government and corporate corruption around the world and helped bring justice to the disenfranchised. Ross is also the author of the New York Times best-selling book The Madoff Chronicles, based on reports for ABC News he produced along with his long-time partner Rhonda Schwartz, who has also joined the Law & Crime Network as Executive Investigative Producer. As a lead investigative reporter, Ross also hosts a weekly show called Brian Ross Investigates.

Website: https://lawandcrime.com/

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Cameishi Lindley - Mother of Bryce Lindley

The incident unfolded in April 2019 at Ruth Erikkson Elementary. Cameishi Lindley was shocked when she got a call from Wayne County Juvenile Court. It was about her 10-year-old son, Bryce. The soon-to-be fifth grader was charged with aggravated assault, following a schoolyard game (dodgeball) gone wrong. 
"These kids are basically playing a game we all have played," Lindley told 7 Action News. According to a police report, another student was struck in the face with a ball. That student's mother asked that we not use her or her son's name, but told 7 Action News he has a medical condition that makes head injuries especially dangerous. The police report filed after the incident stated Lindley intentionally threw the ball at the boy's face. Later, prosecutors in Michigan decided to drop their charge against a Bryce.

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Golda Barton - Mother of Linden Cameron

In September 2020, Salt Lake City police shot Golda Barton's 13-year-old autistic son, Linden Cameron. She had called 911 for help because her son who has Asperger's was having a mental health episode. Barton who had just returned to work for the first time in a year told police her son had "bad separation anxiety" but was unarmed. "I said, he's unarmed, he doesn't have anything, he just gets mad and he starts yelling and screaming," she told the outlet. Barton said two officers entered her home, and, less than five minutes later, she heard them order him to get on the ground followed by several gunshots. Officers didn't immediately say whether her son was alive and later handcuffed him. The shooting left Cameron with injuries to his shoulder, both ankles, intestines, and bladder.
Website - https://www.gofundme.com/f/linden039s-medical-bills?utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook

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Meralyn Kirkland - Grandmother of Kaia Rolle

6-year-old Kaia Rolle had been arrested at her Orlando school, cuffed, placed alone in the back of an Orlando Police cruiser, then booked and fingerprinted in September 2019, sparking international outrage. Meralyn testified about what her granddaughter has suffered since being treated like a juvenile thug for throwing a temper tantrum in school and then developing childhood PTSD. With Kaia, her mother, and grandmother watching, a Senate committee approved a bill named for her Tuesday that seeks to prevent what happened to her in 2019. The “Kaia Rolle Act” now forbids the arrests of children under the age of 7 in Florida, except in extreme cases involving a forcible felony.

Website - https://www.wftv.com/news/local/orange-county/grandma-6-year-old-girl-arrested-orlando-charter-school-continues-fight-change-state-law/YCSCU3CBBZEANDEHGPGUJQ3ATA/

AJCRadio - Upcoming Live Radio Show - Lo

Join us and listen to our hosts discuss the bias shown to the Colorado Springs Fellowship Church (CSFC) by Detective Brian P. Corrado of the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD). Despite the many times CSFC has shown acts of kindness to and support for them, the CSPD has not held Detective Corrado responsible for his biased actions against the church.

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Annala d' Diors - NIA CPR Development Manager

Annala d’ Diors is a member of the National Incarcerated Association (NIA) in Georgia. She volunteers as a CPR (Conflict Mitigation and Personal Interactive Rehabilitation) Development Assistant. She has served as the President for Troup County NAACP and the National Chair for Women In NAACP in Alabama. She was the sole owner of a Transportation Management firm until being sentenced unjustly in 2017 to 50 years for a non-violent financial offense in the Georgia penal system. She refused to take a plea and instead exercised her constitutional right to a jury trial. Annala and her family never gave up seeking her freedom, and she was released from prison on May 14, 2019. Since then she has started her own publishing company, authoring and publishing two books: Screaming From The Inside: Incarcerated Women And The Journey To AwakeningHow To Prepare A Parole Package: Triggering Your Release From Prison.

Website - https://joinnia.com/

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Elizabeth Blackwood - NACDL Counsel & Director for First Step Act Resource Center

Elizabeth A. Blackwood is Counsel & Director for the First Step Act Resource Center at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). Before joining NACDL, Beth practiced for eleven years as an Assistant Federal Defender and Research and Writing Attorney at the Federal Public Defenders of Western North Carolina. Beth represented clients through every stage of a criminal case. She also handled numerous habeas proceedings and appeals before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to the Federal Public Defenders, she practiced for several years at a large Chicago law firm where she worked extensively on criminal and pro bono matters. 

Website - https://www.nacdl.org/

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Daniel Moritz-Rabson - Freelance Journalist

Daniel is a freelance journalist whose work has been published in outlets including The Appeal, The Intercept, and Al Jazeera. He covers New York City news and criminal justice. Daniel wrote the following articles about COVID-19 in prisons: ‘A Living Hell’: Inside U.S. Prisons During the COVID-19 PandemicAs COVID-19 Spreads in Virginia Civil Commitment Center, Incarcerated Can’t Get Medical Care.

Website - https://muckrack.com/daniel-moritz-rabson/articles

Nicole Porter -  Director of Advocacy at The Sentencing Project

Nicole D. Porter manages The Sentencing Project’s state and local advocacy efforts on sentencing reform, voting rights, and eliminating racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Since joining The Sentencing Project in 2009, Porter's work has been cited in several major media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, and National Public Radio. Porter is the former director of the Texas ACLU’s Prison & Jail Accountability Project (PJAP). PJAP’s mission was to monitor the conditions of confinement in state jails and prisons. Porter advocated in the Texas legislature to promote felony enfranchisement reforms, to eliminate prison rape, and improve prison medical care.

Website - https://www.sentencingproject.org

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Bishop Cornelius Bowser -  Founder & Director of Shaphat Outreach

Cornelius Bowser, a native San Diegan, grew up in the heart of San Diego and was exposed to gang activity at an early age. His life took a dramatic turn on December 5, 1984 when he decided to turn his life over to Christ. Cornelius Bowser is the founding pastor of Charity Apostolic Church (1995). Cornelius Bowser was appointed as a commissioner to the City of San Diego Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention (2012). Cornelius Bowser is a gang expert witness for state and federal courts. By employing the techniques of de-escalation support, conflict resolution, retaliation prevention, in-hospital spiritual care, in-home support and advocacy, Cornelius Bowser has brought quality community service to many individuals and families impacted by violence.

Website - https://www.corneliusbowser-gangs.com/

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Tamika Taylor -  Mother of Breonna Taylor

In the months since the 26-year-old woman was killed by three Louisville police officers in March, Breonna Taylor's mother Tamika Palmer, has tried to both seek justice for her slain child. Tamika Palmer is the mother of Breonna Taylor. She is the front face of the Justice for Breonna Taylor movement. The movement started after Breonna was shot by the police in her own apartment. Furthermore, the grand jury decided to provide Tamika with $12 million dollars. However, the culprits weren’t charged. As a result, Palmer has decided to continue the movement.

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Brian Rooney - Host of Real Prison Issues Podcast

Brian Rooney served 11.5 years in the Virginia DOC for non-violent property crimes (breaking and entering into stores). He has been "free" since 2018. He considers himself an ex-prisoner turned prison advocate. Trying to make it in the free world and trying to help those on the inside. He advocates for men and women in prison concerning prison conditions, reentry initiatives, parole and probation, etc. He runs a podcast called Real Prison Issues where he speaks about his experiences in prison and as a free man. Brian Rooney was attacked by a police officer in 2004 and he broke his back during this incident.

Website - https://anchor.fm/realprisonissues

Carl Snowden - Civil Rights Activist & Politician

Civil rights activist and politician Carl Snowden was born on June 17, 1953 in Baltimore, Maryland and was raised in Annapolis, Maryland. In 1976, Snowden successfully sued the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for illegally spying on him through the COINTELPRO program which was established by the FBI to keep activists under surveillance. In 1982, Snowden founded Carl Snowden & Associates, a private civil rights firm that specialized in civil rights issues. Snowden has campaigned for numerous local candidates including Janet S. Owens, the first woman elected as county executive in Anne Arundel County, Maryland and Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen.

Website - https://www.thehistorymakers.org/biography/carl-snowden-42

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