Panel Discussion I

Strategies for Building Successful Criminal Justice Reform Campaigns


Erin HaneyErin Haney
Senior Counsel, #cut50

Erin has spent the last 10 years as an attorney protecting the rights of indigent clients at all levels of our broken justice system. As a death penalty attorney, Erin worked with clients and witnesses, often for years at a time, to develop a social history and reframe the narrative around her clients’ actions and life in an effort to persuade the courts to reassess the punishment of death. Erin has committed her life to helping the most marginalized among us and adheres strongly to the philosophy that no one should be judged solely by their very worst moment.

Erin also worked as a Deputy Public Defender in San Francisco, where she represented San Franciscans at the trial level. Previously, Erin litigated civil rights suits on behalf of incarcerated clients as part of the UC Davis Civil Rights Clinic, where her team won the first punitive damages in a case of its kind for an incarcerated person suffering under California's harsh prison conditions.


Marilynn B. WinnMarilynn B. Winn
Executive Director, Women on the Rise

Marilynn B. Winn is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Women on the Rise, a grassroots organization led by formerly incarcerated women to reduce the number of women under correctional control in the state of Georgia.

In collaboration with the Solutions Not Punishment Coalition, Marilynn was instrumental in passing legislation in the City of Atlanta and Fulton County to implement a two-year pilot Atlanta Fulton County Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative and passing legislation to reclassify marijuana legislation to a non-arrest offense for less than an ounce with a minimum fine of $75.00. In collaboration with key players, Marilynn won Bail Reform legislation in the City of Atlanta in 2018.

Currently, Marilynn is working on the “Community Over Cages” #Close the Jail ATL, a campaign that will close the Atlanta City Detention Center and repurpose the facility into an Equity Wellness and Freedom Center that would ensure our community services not handcuffs. On May 28, 2019, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed legislation to close and repurpose the Atlanta City Detention Center.

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David A. SingletonDavid A. Singleton
Executive Director, Ohio Justice & Policy Center

David Singleton received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1991, and his A.B. in Economics and Public Policy, cum laude, from Duke University in 1987. Upon graduation from law school, David received a Skadden Fellowship to work at the Legal Action Center for the Homeless in New York City, where he practiced for three years. He then worked as a public defender for seven years, first with the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and then with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. After moving to Cincinnati in the summer of 2001, David practiced at Thompson Hine before joining OJPC as its Executive Director in July 2002. David is also a Professor of Law at Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law.


Marissa McCall DodsonMarissa McCall Dodson
Public Policy Director, Southern Center for Human Rights

Marissa McCall Dodson joined SCHR in April of 2016 as the Public Policy Director.  Marissa is responsible for developing and advocating for legislation that furthers SCHR’s mission, including reforming harsh sentence laws, enhancing alternatives to incarceration, abolishing the death penalty, strengthening the public defender system, and ending the criminalization of poverty.

Before joining SCHR, Marissa worked on the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) Campaign for Smart Justice assisting advocacy efforts to significantly reduce prison populations and improve the quality, scope, availability, and accessibility of services that address the needs of impacted communities in the South. In 2008, Marissa was awarded an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to develop the first program in Georgia to address individual and systemic barriers facing people with a criminal history through direct service, education and legislative advocacy at the Georgia Justice Project.

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