2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

We Deserve a Second Chance: Ex-Prisoners-Speak

Monday, March 16
11:00AM - 12:00PM

JW Marriott
Salon 2
110 E 2nd St

In this panel former prisoners and advocates will share the lessons they learned to help them make a successful transition back to society. We will illustrate why these best practices should be adopted by the department of corrections, and how society can benefit from restorative justice models that are proven to reduce crime and recividism.


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Chris Wilson

Community Leader


Chris Wilson 2014 BMe Leader in Baltimore. Chris Wilson is a force for economic opportunity in Baltimore despite being sentenced to life in prison. As a 17-year-old, Chris Wilson was sentenced to l...

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Shaka Senghor


Drop A Gem Publishing

At the age of 19, Shaka Senghor went to prison fuming with anger and despair. Senghor was a drug dealer in Detroit, and one night, he shot and killed a man who showed up on his doorstep. While serv...

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Trabian Shorters

Founder & CEO

BMe Community

Trabian Shorters is founder and CEO of BMe. He began the initiative while serving as vice president of the Knight Foundation. With the full blessing of his board and CEO, and with a generous donati...

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Yusef Shakur


Ybs Consulting


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