Deputy Director | Voice of the Experienced
Bruce Reilly began organizing against mass incarceration in 1993, and has been part of significant victories while in prison (where he wrote a self-help book for the people around him), while on parole for 5 years, and on probation over the past quarter century. A former organizer with Direct Action for Rights and Equality, Bruce is a co-founder of the Formerly Incarcerated, Convicted People and Families Movement, and serves on multiple boards and steering committees. He has fought for, and won, his voting rights in two states, and is author of “To Purify the Ballot: The Racial History of Felon Disenfranchisement in Louisiana.” He also wrote “Communities, Convictions, and Criminal Evictions,” a report that helped activists forge campaigns to end exclusions in public housing. Bruce moved to New Orleans to earn a law degree, but is also an artist who lives in the French Quarter with his daughter.