Correcting the

Narrative Campaign

Showcasing the successes, humanity, and agency of people with criminal records

1 in 3 people has a criminal record.

Each shadow is the silhouette of a formerly incarcerated individual you can click on to watch a vignette of how they correct the narrative.

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Adam Procell

Adam Procell

Adam Procell demonstrates every day why societal fears and biases towards people with criminal records need to be corrected, and how we can best do it. We pour out and are filled.

Hear Adam's story and many more by clicking the link below.

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Christal & Eddie Arroyo

Christal & Eddie Arroyo

Hear Christal & Eddie's stories and many more by clicking the link below.

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Niki Wilchowski

Niki Wilchowski

Hear Niki's story and many more by clicking the link below.

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Jamie De Jesus

Jamie De Jesus

Hear Jamie's story and many more by clicking the link below.

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Ed Hennings

Ed Hennings

Hear Ed's story and many more by clicking the link below.

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Jason Sole

Jason Sole

Hear Jason's story and many more by clicking the link below.

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Lavansa & Sylvester

Lavansa & Sylvester

Hear Lavansa's & Sylvester's story and many more by clicking the link below.

1 in every 3 people has a criminal record.

We want to highlight the stories of those individuals that are real-life stories that need to be heard.

Hover over and click on a shadow silhouette of an individual to reveal their unique and inspirational stories.

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Adam Procell

Adam Procell demonstrates every day why societal fears and biases towards people with criminal records need to be corrected, and how we can best do it. We pour out and are filled.

Hear Adam's story and many more by clicking the link below.

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Christal & Eddie Arroyo

Hear Christal & Eddie's stories and many more by clicking the link below.

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Niki Wilchowski

Hear Niki's story and many more by clicking the link below.

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Jamie De Jesus

Hear Jamie's story and many more by clicking the link below.

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Ed Hennings

Hear Ed's story and many more by clicking the link below.

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Jason Sole

Hear Jason's story and many more by clicking the link below.

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Lavansa & Sylvester

Hear Lavansa's & Sylvester's story and many more by clicking the link below.

Correcting the Narrative

 

The Correcting the Narrative Campaign employs a combination of story-telling, and in-person and virtual events to promote acceptance of people with criminal records as not just, at best, taxpayers, employees, and neighbors, but rather equal citizens, employers, and potential family. The narrative has transitioned over time from one of fear and danger to often pity for people with criminal records and spectacle for what we did and who we were. While it is very true that the difficulties of our demographic leading to, during, and post-incarceration is absolutely true, over-portraying them is also detrimental to our end goal of equality. The pity and spectacle narrative, often pushed by well-meaning and even system-impacted people, actually causes society to connect who we are and who we can be more with our shadows and the stereotypes promoted in the media and uninformed communities.

At physical events, people with criminal records and their supporters go into communities that are more indifferent or antagonistic to them and participate in a variety of respectable activities, from volunteering to mentoring and creative projects to highly-skilled jobs. Virtual events give people from these communities and anywhere else the chance to virtually interact with people with criminal records and their supporters to ask any questions or bring up any concerns, fears, and doubts about people with criminal records and efforts to improve our approach to justice. And our story-telling (videos below) powerfully portray the successes, humanity, and agency of people with criminal records.

By engaging with these more stereotypically indifferent and antagonistic audiences, they become more supportive of or at least less opposed to reform efforts, which will result in greater respect, opportunities, and success for the estimated 70 million adults in the U.S. with a criminal record and their millions more loved ones, especially underage children.

Those we disagree with need us and we need them to achieve a society where we invest in safety and justice more than punishment and separation. IF the world were ideal, no one would have to prove their value and correct biases. However, shoulda/woulda/coulda is not a strategy for change. Tough conversations and hard realities must be embraced and accounted for in order for sustainable solutions to take place. There is almost no greater example of this than the need to reach out to those who have shown us such disregard and say: “Look. See who we truly are. We need you to confront your misperception of our successes, humanity, and agency.”

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