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The Justice Fellows Policy Program offers support to the formerly incarcerated

Black and white photo of Shannon Ross with a lightly freckled face and a full beard
Shannon Ross
Shannon Ross
Shannon Ross

Formerly incarcerated people face a lot of obstacles when re-entering our community. They’re cut off from a lot of jobs and educational opportunities, making it difficult to find steady employment and create a new life post conviction. A program through Education Trust is trying to change the legal landscape to open new opportunities for these people. It’s called the Justice Fellows Policy Program, and Milwaukeean Shannon Ross was a part of their inaugural group of fellows.

Ross continues to be a part of the program, and explains how it's helped his work as the executive director of The Community, a local organization that helps people leaving incarceration. He says the program focuses on policies and advocacy to improve educational opportunities.

"With the information I'm getting from this fellowship and in my work in higher education, I can just be of more value to our readers and their loved ones who are trying to find out and navigate the higher education path while [they're] incarcerated or upon release," Ross says.


Joy is a WUWM host and producer for Lake Effect.
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