Could hip-Hop Overthrow Oppressive sentencing Enactments

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Meet The Visionary

   

Earlonne Woods was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles.

At the age of 17, he was convicted as an adult for the kidnap/robbery of a drug dealer and sentenced to 10 years in state prison. He served 6 years, three months and was paroled in 1995. He returned to the streets and in 1997, he was arrested and sentenced to 31-years-to-life for attempted second degree robbery under California’s Three Strikes Law. While incarcerated this time, he received his GED, attended Coastline Community College and completed many vocational trade programs. While at San Quentin, he and Nigel Poor, a volunteer at the prison began the popular radio podcast, Ear Hustle.

After 21 years of incarceration, in November 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown commuted Earlonne's  sentence to time served. Upon his release, Earlonne was hired by PRX as a full-time producer for Ear Hustle. In the two years the podcast has been around, it has been downloaded over 30 million times, won several awards, and has been featured in many media stories around the world. While incarcerated, Earlonne founded CHOOSE1. The mission was to get the hip-hop community to leverage their platforms and fund the initiative that will free up to 40,000 men and women sentenced under the California Three Strikes Law. He brought the vision to the forefront  


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Meet Chrisfino Kenyatta A CHOOSE1 Healing Influencer

Chrisfino Kenyatta Leal is a founding member and returned citizen of The Last Mile program at San Quentin. Upon his release from San Quentin in 2013, Kenyatta began a paid internship at Rocket Space and was subsequently promoted into Management and Sales positions with the San Francisco based technology campus. In 2018 Kenyatta joined The Last Mile full time as a Business Development Specialist. He also serves as an evangelist for The Last Mile and is a featured speaker at numerous conferences and corporate events.

Chrisfino Kenyatta Leal is a founding member and returned citizen of The Last Mile program at San Quentin. Upon his release from San Quentin in 2013, Kenyatta began a paid internship at Rocket Space and was subsequently promoted into Management and Sales positions with the San Francisco based technology campus. In 2018 Kenyatta joined The Last Mile full time as a Business Development Specialist. He also serves as an evangelist for The Last Mile and is a featured speaker at numerous conferences and corporate events.

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Meet Chapple Simms A CHOOSE1 Healing Influencer

  

Chapple has a deep understanding of what it feels like to be directly impacted by the three strikes law.  Sentenced to 23 years having to do at least 85 % of his sentence. In addition to the 23 years , Chapple was handed down an enhanced sentence of 10 years for a possession of a firearm. The courts were not accurate when applying a 10 year gun enhancement. 

While incarcerated,  he quickly became aware of the impacts of disproportionate and excessive sentencing within confined communities of color. 

Seeing the punitive structure within the institutions, Chapple was inspired to reflect on how mercy and compassion can be applied. He had to be a part of the solution.

Through research and deep reflections, he saw other countries treated their incarcerated individuals with dignity and just mercy. Why not America?

While incarcerated he applied myself within rehabilitative opportunities. Seeing the healing component within connecting and sharing with others touched Chapple deeply. Applying himself, his services, he developed into leadership roles and a compassionate way of life. Assisting other justice impacted persons with reentry back into society . 

Today Chapple is a person contributing to being a part of the solution as we heal together. 

WE Believe in Repealing The Three Strikes Law

With a healing approach for Criminal Justice Reform