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Podcast • December 02, 2021

EP 28 - Desmond Meade | Voting Rights and Criminal Justice Reform

In this episode

This week’s episode of Next with Novo features Desmond Meade, a voting rights activist and Executive Director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition.

Desmond begins by walking us through his story, which started with a cycle of addiction, homelessness, and jail time. After hitting rock bottom, Desmond was able to turn things around and eventually graduated from law school with a concentration in criminal justice.

Desmond then introduces us to the Florida Restoration Act, where he directed the mission to restore voting rights to those with felony convictions in Florida. We discuss the push and pull between getting people to take action, fighting the notion that people need to lose something for others to gain. Finally, Demond highlights his ultimate goal to strengthen society, starting with those who have been affected by the criminal justice system. This conversation offers an inspiring glimpse into how social change looks on the ground, and the work being done to advocate for those who have been perpetually sidelined.

Desmond was named Time 100 most influential people in the world in 2019, and in 2021 he was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant.

Follow Desmond on Twitter @desmondmeade and Instagram @desmondmeade44.

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This podcast was recorded on November 18, 2021.

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