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...]
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.