My interest in the criminal justice system stemmed from my early experiences as a child of an incarcerated parent. I witnessed mass incarceration first-hand and saw how the criminal justice system breaks relationships. There are so few resources to help individuals in the community and keep them from returning to prison. Due to my personal experiences, I decided to be the change that my family and the community so desperately needed.
Being a part of IJRD will force me to think innovatively, creating new methods that ensure the promotion of societal changes that will reduce recidivism and other common barriers of the incarcerated population. IJRD offers skills crucial to promoting the well-being of individuals, families, and communities affected by the criminal justice system.