bruce reilly, Deputy Director
Bruce Reilly is a graduate of Tulane Law School, a writer, and a founding member of the Formerly Incarcerated, Convicted People and Families Movement (FICPFM). Bruce provides expert analysis on discrimination in employment, housing, and voting rights. He served as a jailhouse lawyer (1993-2005) before his release, and a 2-hour bus ride to a minimum wage job. Bruce put his knowledge to work by joining Direct Action for Rights & Equality (DARE) in Rhode Island, from 2005-2012, and played a vital role in passing significant criminal justice reforms, such as the restoration of voting rights, eliminating mandatory minimums, statewide Ban the Box, the Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Act, unshackling pregnant prisoners, and probation violation reform. In 2011, Bruce moved to New Orleans to attend law school, joined VOTE, and replicated a similar role in policy reform and movement building in Louisiana. Bruce co-founded Transcending Through Education Foundation (TTEF) with two other formerly incarcerated friends who also entered prison at a young age, and earned law degrees after being released. He is also the author of "Communities, Evictions, and Criminal Convictions," a foundational report on public housing. Bruce serves on the board of All Square, a reentry/restaurant program in Minneapolis; the National Clean Slate Clearinghouse Advisory Committee; the IRB for American Institutes of Research; and advisory board of Prison Policy Initiative. Bruce has also worked as an artist, lighting designer, DJ, and theatre director.