JustLeadershipUSA Announces New President
DeAnna Hoskins will become the President of JustLeadershipUSA, an organization that aims to reduce incarceration rates by half before 2030. Hoskins, who was formerly incarcerated for substance abuse in 1999, has been a longtime advocate for criminal justice reform and the rights of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people. Prior to joining JustLeadershipUSA, Hoskins was the Senior Policy Advisor for Corrections and Re-entry for the Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Division under the Barack Obama administration. At the DOJ, Hoskins oversaw the Second Chance Act portfolio, where she managed partnerships between several agencies including the Department of Labor’s Clean Slate Clearinghouse, the National Reentry Resource Center, the National Inventory of Collateral Consequences and Convictions, the National Institute of Corrections Children of Incarcerated Parents, and more. She also served as the Deputy Director of the Federal Interagency Reentry Council. Before that, the 49-year-old was the founding reentry director for Ohio’s Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners and later went on to work for the Indiana Department of Corrections. The Mount St. Joseph graduate, who earned a Master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati, is also a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor and a certified Workforce Development Specialist trainer for formerly incarcerated people. “I am thrilled to be JustLeadershipUSA’s next president,” said Hoskins. “I understand root causes, having lived in under-resourced communities and having been incarcerated. I understand the policies that are not working. And I understand the need for redemption, healing and racial and economic justice.” More here.