New Jersey Speakers

Ask your regional field manager about getting in touch with these speakers.

  • Walter Fortson: upon his own release from prison in 2010, Fortson was admitted to Rutgers with the help of the Mountainview Project (MVP) – a special program geared toward helping formerly incarcerated students go to college. In 2012, Fortson was the recipient of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship – a national award that recognizes the country’s student-leaders in public service. In 2013, he worked as a research associate with the Justice Policy Institute in Washington DC, evaluating alternatives to parole revocations in Maryland. He now speaks about his experiences in prison, as well as the state of the criminal justice system in the US today.
  • Mike Ritter- Project P.R.I.D.E.: Project P.R.I.D.E. (Promoting Responsibility in Drug Education) is an event which brings incarcerated men and women to campuses to talk about their personal experiences with incarceration, drugs and alcohol. The program is designed to promote responsible decision-making skills, and to bring two different groups together to promote discussion and critical thinking. Great for a recruiting event!
  • Boris Franklin: While incarcerated, Franklin was a student under the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons Consortium (NJ-STEP). Now, at 42, he is attending Rutgers under the university’s Mountainview Program for formerly incarcerated people. He is seeking a degree in social work and plans to assist the formerly incarcerated. He is a great supplement to a "First Degree" screening.
  • The Rutgers Mountainview Project
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