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Good Neighbor Project: Mentorship through Correspondence
April 6, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Ronald D. Simpson-Bey is a Program Associate for the Criminal Justice Program at American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He heads up their restorative justice co- mentorship program, The Good Neighbor Project, designed to shift public discussion and discourse on punishment in Michigan. He is a JustLeadershipUSA fellow, a group of formerly incarcerated national leaders who are committed to cutting the number of people in prison in the United States in half by 2030. He also works as a Research Assistant at the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work studying the impact of re-entry on the formerly incarcerated and their families. Ronald is part of the newly formed Collaborative to End Mass Incarceration in Michigan as well as a steering team member of the now-forming Nation Outside organization for returning citizens. Ronald is a co-founder and advisory board member of the Chance For Life (CFL) organization in Detroit, Michigan. Ronald comes to this work from many dimensions. He served 27-years in the Michigan prison system as an engaged, thoughtful, and creative leader, founding many enrichment programs rooted in transformation, redemption, and self-accountability. Ronald regularly shares his work and his fascinating experiences with legislators, churches, schools, conferences and with any interested parties. Ronald was a jailhouse lawyer who got his conviction reversed by the courts and got himself out of prison. He attended Eastern Michigan University, Mott Community College, and Jackson Community College. He has worked as a staff paralegal at the former Prison Legal Services of Michigan. Ronald is on Twitter @BeySimpson, FaceBook, and can be contacted firstname.lastname@example.org