Author: Melba V. Pearson

Attorney | Writer | Criminal Justice Expert | Policy Analyst | Social Justice Warrior | Diva all day

Cancer Steals Another…

Cancer Steals Another…I reflect on the memories of my beloved friend who lost her battle to cancer. Life is short and unpredictable. Draft a will and tell folks how much you love them. #cancersucks #love

Cyntoia Brown is Home. Now What?

Greetings RLD Family,

Lacy Atkins (The Tennessean via AP, Pool)

Cyntoia Brown, who garnered the support of many celebrities as well as grassroots activists, is now back home. She was serving a life sentence for a murder she committed in self-defense as a teen. Cyntoia was a victim of sex trafficking, but was not treated as such by the criminal legal system. But once the fanfare dies down, where is the support to help her and other folks coming home from prison? This type of re-entry support is critical to help prevent recidivism (returning to jail for new crimes).

See my thoughts on the issue in theRoot.com. I was also interviewed by Buzzfeed – see the video here.

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