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Marlon is a writervist. Since his decade of incarceration, he has written, created programming, lectured, organized, and advocated alongside the formerly incarcerated, victims of gun violence, womxn, immigrants, and young people. Marlon is the author of Bird Uncaged: An Abolitionist’s Freedom Song, host of the DEcarcerated Podcast, and owner of his own social impact endeavor, The Precedential Group Social Enterprises and its nonprofit arm, Be Precedential, Inc. His TED talk, “Am I not human? A call for criminal justice reform”, has amassed over 1.2 million views.

During his incarceration, Marlon co-created How Our Lives Link Altogether, H.O.L.L.A, a youth development organization that has provided programming, college trips, and mentorship for NYC public school students and justice-involved youth. As the Associate Director of a project of the Center for Court Innovation, Marlon created Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets, and served as a violence interrupter in his Crown Heights, Brooklyn
neighborhood. Marlon also worked for the Fortune Society as the Director of Community Relations and was the Board Chair of Families for Freedom.

As a Soros Fellow, Senior Atlantic Fellow, and Aspen Civil Society Fellow, Marlon has used his activism and pen to advocate for safer communities, reduce the footprint of law enforcement, and to amplify the work of individuals and grassroots organizations across the globe. Marlon’s writervism and DEcarcerated Podcast has allowed him to lecture and conduct workshops throughout the US, Trinidad & Tobago, South Africa, and Oxford, London.

Marlon sits on the Board of Directors of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, the Advisory Board of the Center for Court Innovation, Board of the Criminal Justice Action Fund, and the Village Capital Justice Tech Advisory Board.

Marlon’s bylines have appeared in USA Today, The Nation, Ebony, Essence, Gawker, The Marshall Project, The Root. Cassius.com, and Mic.com. His essays have also been published in How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others Kiese Laymon and How We Fight White Supremacy by Kenrya Rankin & Akiba Solomon., Colin Kaepernick's Medium Series: Abolition for the
People.

In 2015, he was honored as one of the top 100 leaders in the Black community by Ebony Magazine.

Marlon is a soca and steelpan lover, and a Brooklyn representer.


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