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Call for Spirited Action 2015-2016: The barriers facing returning citizens and how Friends can support re-entryPodcast

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Lewis Webb, Jr. discusses the barriers facing returning citizens and how Quakers can support them as they navigate the hurdles of re-entry.

Lewis serves as Healing Justice Program Coordinator in AFSC’s New York Office. After graduating from law school, Lewis has dedicated his entire professional career to criminal justice issues. Before joining AFSC, he worked with the District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, NY, and the New York City Department of Corrections. He also taught criminal justice, jurisprudence and criminal law at various colleges and universities.

At AFSC, Lewis focuses his work on decreasing New York’s prison population by mitigating paths to incarceration and increasing opportunities for release through sentencing and parole reform. He is widely recognized as an expert on the school-to-prison pipeline, barriers to successful reentry, engaging communities of faith and cultivating young activists. Lewis has testified at legislative hearings in both New York and New Jersey and has spoken at various gatherings across the country.

Lewis has delivered keynote address to the Oklahoma Conference of Churches, South Central Yearly Meeting and the Fellowship of Reconciliation. He has also written for MSNBC and Spark. An interview with him appears on AFSC’s Acting in Faith blog.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Lewis earned his Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from New York University and his law degree from Brooklyn Law School.