Shannon RossAll In, All Out Host and Creator
Shannon Ross is the executive director of The Community, which he founded with invaluable outside support in 2014 while serving a 17 year prison sentence for a violent crime. The Community addresses the effects of the criminal punishment system with two arms: Pre-entry and Correcting the Narrative.
Pre-entry leverages their ever-growing connection with over half the Wisconsin prison population via their newsletter and educational tech platform to provide them with every type of resource, encouragement, and training to return to society as successfully as possible, rather than trying to get prepared after release. Their Correcting the Narrative campaign showcases the successes, humanity, and agency of people with criminal records to counteract the fear, pity, and spectacle narratives. Ultimately, they seek to bring society and the system-impacted community exactly where they need each other to be.
Since his release September 2020, Shannon is also a grateful first time father, a graduate student at UW-Milwaukee (graduation 12/2022), a fellow at Marquette University, and a founding partner of Paradigm Shyft; reentry strategies and consulting. He is also the creator and host of the podcast and show All In, All Out.
Former inmate Shannon Ross starts The Community to combat stigma and help those reentering communitiesMilwaukee has one of the highest incarceration rates in the country. Wisconsin’s criminal justice system has an impact on our entire community - both when people enter prison and when they leave. A local organization known as The Community focuses on people who are reentering the greater community after serving time in a correctional institution.
Shannon Ross spent 17 years in a Wisconsin prison, and after being released last September, he is continuing his work of expanding resources for currently incarcerated people through his new podcast, All In.