About Leonard Leonard

Rev. Leonard B. Leonard is a Senior Consultant to Justice Not Jails. He served on the Executive Staff, as Senior Advisor to the L.A. Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, a position that linked city government to the multi-faith communities of Los Angeles. He served as Associate Minister at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church, Los Angeles, for 20 years, as Director of Community Outreach. A retired U.S. Army combat veteran, he continues to serve on the front lines of society where the rubber meets the road. He is LA Police Department Chaplain, Specialist Reserve.

“The New Jim Crow:” Mass Incarceration and Its Impact

WHEREAS, according to the Center for Center for Law and Justice in a summary of the book by author Michelle Alexander, notes that “more African Americans are under the control of the criminal justice system today – in prison or jail, on probation or parole – than were enslaved in 1850”; AND WHEREAS, it is widely known that formerly incarcerated persons face discrimination, prejudice and stigma in housing, education, employment, and voting rights because of the “felon” label; AND WHEREAS, … [Read more...]