Glenn E. Martin is the president and founder of JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA), an organization dedicated to cutting the U.S. correctional population in half by 2030. He is part of the vanguard of advocates working to make that future a reality. His goal is to amplify the voice of the people most impacted, and to position them as reform leaders. At its core, JLUSA challenges the assumption that formerly incarcerated people lack the skills to thoughtfully weigh in on policy reform. Rather, JLUSA is based on the principle that people closest to the problem are also the people closest to its solution.
Martin speaks from personal experience, having spent six years incarcerated in a New York state prison in the early 1990s. That experience has informed his career, which has been recognized with honors such as the 2016 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award and the 2014 Echoing Green Black Male Achievement Fellowship. Martin is also the founder of the #CLOSErikers campaign. Prior to founding JLUSA, he was the vice president of The Fortune Society, one of the most respected re-entry organizations in the country, the co-director of the National HIRE Network at the Legal Action Center, and one of the co-founders of the Education from the Inside Out Coalition.
Martin’s bold, unflinching leadership is recognized by leaders from across the political spectrum. Praise from Karol V. Mason, assistant attorney general for the Office of Justice Programs, is representative of the accolades he has received:
“Thanks to you and so many others like you, we are on our way to restoring common sense to our corrections policies and correcting a terrible imbalance in this country.”
Martin is a sought after public speaker and a frequent media guest appearing on national news outlets such as NPR, MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, Al Jazeera and C-SPAN.