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  • TED TALK: Am I not human? A call for criminal justice reform

    For a crime he committed in his early twenties, the courts sentenced Marlon Peterson to 10 years in prison -- and, as he says, a lifetime of irrelevance. While behind bars, Peterson found redemption through a penpal mentorship program with students from Brooklyn. In this brave talk, he reminds us why we should invest in the humanity of those people society would like to disregard and discard.

  • Gun Violence in Brooklyn Part 1: Marlon Peterson

    Social justice advocate with the Precedential Group, Marlon Peterson, reveals the story of his involvement in an armed robbery that cost him 10 years of his life in the New York State prison system. He shares his story of growing up in Crown Heights and how certain traumatic life events shaped attitudes and behaviors that led him down the path to gun violence and ensuing tragedy.

  • DeCarcerated Podcast presents

    In this special episode of the Decarcerated Podcast we partnered with Oscar Prado and drove around the Bronx, NY with Johnny Perez. Johnny Perez is the Director of US Prisons at the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. The full podcast episode is will be available on Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher Radio, and other podcasting platforms. Watch this clip and hear Johnny talk about his time in NYC's infamous Rikers Island.

  • Bird Uncaged: AN Abolitionist's Freedom Song (trailer)

    Take a look at the trailer for Marlon Peterson's debut book, Bird Uncaged: An Abolitionist's Freedom Song.

  • University of Houston Graduate College of Social WOrk

    Reform or Abolish: Bringing Justice to the Criminal Justice System

  • High School Keynote Speech: Finding the Human Spirit Within Ourselves

    The McCain-Ravenel Center for Intellectual and Moral Courage at Episcopal High School hosted its first “McCain-Ravenel Monday” of the year yesterday, inviting speakers from across the country and across political parties to talk about racial justice and the upcoming elections. Marlon was the featured speaker.