Glenn Martin

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Glenn Martin

2014 Black Male Achievement Fellow
Founder of JustLeadershipUSA

Glenn Martin 2014 Black Male Achievement Fellow

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Amplify the voices of people directly impacted by crime and incarceration by organizing, educating, and empowering them to become leaders in the justice reform movement.



JustLeadershipUSA is a national nonpartisan membership advocacy organization with an audacious goal: to reduce crime and cut the US prison population in half by 2030. We will accomplish this goal by empowering people and communities most impacted by crime and incarceration to drive, amplify and sustain policy reform. We develop and support formerly incarcerated leaders, build broad based support through membership, and engage in nonpartisan strategic policy advocacy on the federal, state and local levels. Our movement is strengthened by our #halfby2030 communications campaign, which harnesses the power of storytelling to change the narrative on incarceration in America.


Glenn E. Martin is the Founder and Chief Risk Taker of JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA). Mr. Martin founded JLUSA on the principle that those who are closest to the problem are often closest to the solution; a culmination of his experience serving six years in New York state prisons in his youth and working for over thirteen years as a national leader and criminal justice reform advocate. Before establishing JLUSA, Mr. Martin served as Vice President of Development and Public Affairs at the Fortune Society and as the Co-Director of the National HIRE Network at the Legal Action Center. He is the Co-Founder of the Education Inside Out Coalition, a 2011-2012 Americas Leaders of Change National Urban Fellow, a member of the Harvard Executive Session on Community Corrections, and a member of the Boards of The College and Community Fellowship and Prisoners Legal Services. Mr. Martin regularly appears on national news outlets including MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, Al Jazeera and C-SPAN to contribute his expertise on topics such as policing, decarceration, alternatives to incarceration and reentry.

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