Project

Appointed as Communications and Engagement Specialist, Restore Justice

Program

ACLS Leading Edge Fellowships

PhD field of study

PhD, French and Francophone Studies, University of Chicago

Position Description

Restore Justice is the only policy organization in Illinois specifically working to address issues faced by those serving life or de-facto life sentences. It advocates for fairness, humanity, and compassion throughout the Illinois carceral system, with a primary focus on those affected by extreme sentences imposed in their youth. Restore Justice has helped pass a range of legislation, including the Youthful Parole Law, which created the first new opportunities for parole in Illinois since the state abolished parole-for-release in 1978; a measure that moved some children away from mandatory minimums and instituted judicial discrepancy; and bills that expanded and protected the right to in-person visits for people who are incarcerated. The Communications and Engagement Specialist will engage and interview individuals and families impacted by juvenile life without parole sentences, and work with the Communications team at Restore Justice to produce these narratives in a variety of media for strategic communication and advocacy goals.