Deputy Project Director Norman Brown Since his release in July 2015, Norman Brown has participated in White House events, testified to legislative committees and appeared on Capitol Hill, been interviewed by numerous news media including The Washington Post, NPR and NBC. Here are several of his recent interviews and presentations.
‘We Go Rotten’: man granted clemency describes life in the US prison system The Guardian March 31, 2016
“Enjoy starting your life all over again,” Norman Brown’s counsel to others about to be released from prison: From Clemency to Reentry – A YouTube video August 3, 2016
Norman Brown and Cynthia Roseberry of Clemency 2014 tells the story of clemency under President Barak Obama and Norman Brown’s personal saga in a carefully-done 18 minute Australian Broadcasting Radio Interview: October 3, 2016
A national fifty-minute Town Hall “The Clemency Initiative” held December 19, 2016 at Catholic University of America. Produced by WJLA-ABC’s Your Voice. Your Future and featuring: Amy Povah, recipient of clemency from President Clinton and founder of Can-Do; Van Jones, former Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich and Catholic University Columbus School of Law professor Sandy Ogilvy which leads off with an interview with Norman Brown. Highlights: Amy Povah on her sentence for conspiracy at 12:15 on the profit motive behind incarceration at 30:30; and unreviewed prosecutorial discretion at 41:50; Van Jones on prison profiteering at 28:10; Nkechi Taifa prompts Ehrlich on advice for incoming President Trump at 33:30; Ehrlich “it’s about justice” at 35:14, and on the judgments supporting systematically granting clemency and commutations at 40:15. Also, clemency recipients Jason Hernandez in front of the White House at 46:30 and Sharanda Jones on deficient reentry programming in prison at 47:00.
Pusha T reads Norman’s story in PSA for Prison Reform: December 21, 2016
PBS review of Obama’ legacy in Criminal justice featuring Norman Brown; clemency opposed by U S Attorney’s private organization: January 10, 2017
“Granted clemency, this former inmate is starting over” Dave Berndtson PBS January 24, 2017
“Norman Brown, imprisoned in the last drug war, thought he’d die there. He was freed just as the war resumed.” Washington Post April 27, 2017.
For a full list with links to Norman Brown’s interviews and presentations, click here.
Additional PNO News Clips
It’s easier for privileged men . . . to bounce back from prison” Ted Gest in the Washington Post June 13, 2016 with comments by Malcolm Young and Norman Brown
In “How Prisoners on the Verge of Freedom Are Getting Screwed by the Feds”, an article about BOP’s recent halfway house closures: “There’s a total lack of transparency,” says Malcolm Young, a longtime prison reform advocate who founded the Sentencing Project in the ‘80s. He says it’s remained unclear whether inmates affected by the closures—which according to the BOP only vacated 1% of available beds nationwide—are being diverted elsewhere or are simply having their sentences extended.
Celebrating freedom; meeting the challenge A sampling of interviews and public events featuring individuals who have successfully made the transition from incarceration to freedom, including several PNO clients.
3 November 2016 James D. Walsh, “What It Feels Like When a Life Sentence Is Overturned” in NYMag.com; the impact of presidential clemency on four people who received it: Evans Ray, Jr., Jason Hernandez, Stephanie George and Keldren Joshua.
Evans Ray, a PNO client released from a life sentence, featured in a Washington Post article.
Christopher Poulos went from addiction and incarceration to becoming a lawyer. He was sworn in as a member of the Maine bar on June 16, 2017.
Weldon Angelos served over a decade of a 55-year prison term for possession of a firearm and selling marijuana to an undercover informant. He is now free!
“The Concord drug dealer received a nearly 22-year sentence in 2002 for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Under today’s laws, Patterson likely would get about three years.” See what this returning citizen is doing with his second chance!
In 1998, she made it her mission to help women re-entering society. She began with providing shelter and job coaching, which… has grown today to a full organization where she has a staff of 28, including 6 attorneys and she runs five homes for women! She has been recognized as a “CNN hero.”
Jason Hernandez was given a life sentence for a first time nonviolent drug offense. Through a Change.org petition his brother started for him, Jason read comments from his community members who said he deserved a second chance. After 17 years in prison, President Obama granted him clemency.