Contribute to the creation of a network between the various agents and decision makers in the criminal sector.
Raise awareness of innovative solutions and approaches to the prison system.
Foster the adoption of public policies in the prison system that are increasingly humanistic and efficient.
MT is a citizen of Cape Town, South Africa, where he is an entrepreneur, speaker and leader with lived experience. His organizing and leadership started while he was incarcerated for 13 years in South Africa; it motivates him to work tirelessly to be a change agent and the role model that he never had. Before working full-time with INN, MT worked as a reintegration leader for The Message South Africa, part of a global partnership of organizations working together to raise up generations of urban heroes. He supported formerly incarcerated and incarcerated men and women in job readiness, and also trained them to become baristas. MT is an advisor for Beyond the Bars, which supports women in prison in South Africa, and is Chairman of the SA Community Corrections’ “Offender’s Desk.”
Rogier Elshout is chair of RESCALED, the European movement for small scale detention houses. He got intrigued by the (malfunctioning) of the penal system as volunteer in a re-integration project and decided that he wanted to use his experience in public affairs and communication to advocate for fundamental changes.
Ginny Oshiro is a policy researcher for the Transformative In-Prison Workgroup. She is also working toward her Criminology, Law and Society doctoral degree at UC Irvine. Because research has often been the catalyst for meaningful reforms in the criminal legal system, she wishes to create an opportunity for change through such policies and practices. Ginny’s research centers on correctional systems in the United States, and more specifically, her research interests involve evaluating healing and transformative programs in California’s prisons. Ginny is a Robert Wood Johnson, National Health Policy Research Scholar, a Women’s Policy Institute Alumna, an active policy advocate in the criminal justice reform landscape. Ginny brings lived experience as a formerly-incarcerated person and is honored to have worked closely with organizations serving currently and formerly incarcerated populations.
Kenneth Hartman is an award-winning writer and prison reform activist. Sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, he served 37+ years in prison before having his sentence commuted. His book Mother California: A Story of Redemption Behind Bars won the 2010 Eric Hoffer Award for memoir. In a 2014 feature for Harper’s magazine, he described three decades of prison Christmases. In 2018, he published an essay in Harper’s addressing the impact of the intergenerational transmission of trauma in his family. In 2019, he published another piece in Harper’s on the experiences of paroled long-term prisoners. Ken is an internationally accredited Life Coach and a practicing Community Teaching Artist. He is deeply involved in transforming the prison system through his work as Advocacy Director of The Transformative In-Prison Workgroup. Ken has also served as the Development Coordinator for several organizations since his parole, raising more than $7M in crucial funding.
Book: Mother California: A Story of Redemption Behind Bars (Atlas & Co. 2009)
Marco works as CEO of RESHAPE and Invited Assistant Professor in higher and university education at the Polytechnic University of Viseu (Portugal). He has an academic background in the legal field and accumulated experience in the justice sector in advocacy and public policy, R&D and in the non-profit sector, in several countries. He is currently taking his PhD degree at NOVA School of Law, after concluding undergraduate, masters and postgraduate courses in Portugal. He has also participated in several academic and research exchanges. As a higher education and university professor, he currently teaches master’s courses for the specialization area of social inclusion law. He is a researcher with work published in Portugal and several countries.
Marco has always been an engaged citizen, getting actively involved in volunteer projects. He founded and still chairs the Board of the General Assembly of the Human Rights Observatory, was coordinator of the Group of Jurists of Amnesty International in Portugal and was coordinator of one of the delegations of CASA – Centro de Apoio ao Sem Abrigo (working with homeless people).