Panel Discussion II

Panel II
Shifting the Narrative: The Role of the Media in Addressing Mass Incarceration


Ellen BuchmanEllen Buchman
President, The Opportunity Agenda

Ellen brings to The Opportunity Agenda a breadth of knowledge, expertise, experience, and relationships having worked among leaders at local, state, national, and international levels for more than 25 years. She is an internationally-known trainer, leader, and practitioner of organization and coalition building, campaign initiating and implementing, and training in the intersection of organizing, advocating, and communicating for social justice. Ellen's career has been focused on building effective and inclusive teams and partnerships for progress toward racial and gender equity. Her work has centered mainly on issue areas including but not limited to criminal justice reform, immigration and immigrant human rights, and voting rights and access to democracy; and she has developed training curricula for advocates on the state, national and international levels on not only issues such as these but also on the skills needed for effective organizing, communicating and advocating for social change. Her expertise and vision is in building campaign and organizational structures to build power, and she is trained in outreach, leadership development, organizing and social work for change.

Prior to joining The Opportunity Agenda's staff in 2018, Ellen served as Executive Vice President for Field and Communications at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, where she worked for 15 years. Ellen is proud of her tenure at The Leadership Conference, where she piloted the organization's field and organizing program, and developed and oversaw the vision for the integrated field, communications, and policy work at the center of the organization; led and put into place dozens of successful campaigns; spearheaded mobilization, training and support to national, state, and local coalitions; and created innovative organizing and communications training models for advocacy around the country and at the international level.

Ellen divides her time between New York City and Washington, DC, where her home, life partner and enthusiastic and exuberant puppy reside.


Liliana SeguraLiliana Segura
Journalist, The Intercept

Liliana Segura is an award-winning investigative journalist covering the U.S. criminal justice system, with a longtime focus on harsh sentencing, the death penalty, and wrongful convictions. She was previously an associate editor at the Nation Magazine, where she edited a number of award-winning stories and earned a 2014 Media for a Just Society Award for her writing on prison profiteering. While at The Intercept, Segura has received the Texas Gavel Award in 2016 and the 2017 Innocence Network Journalism Award for her investigations into convictions in Arizona and Ohio. In 2019 she was honored in the Abolitionist category of the Frederick Douglass 200, a recognition given by the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives and the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University.

Segura has appeared on NPR, MSNBC, CNN International, Democracy Now!, and numerous other outlets. Her speaking engagements have included public interviews with authors such as Michelle Alexander and Bryan Stevenson. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post and Colorlines and has been reprinted in outlets ranging from prison magazines to the anthologies “The Best American Legal Writing” and “Against Equality: Prisons Will Not Protect You.” She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.


Jamiles LarteyJamiles Lartey
Staff Writer, The Marshall Project

Jamiles Lartey is a New Orleans-based staff writer for the Marshall Project. Previously, he worked as a reporter for the Guardian covering issues of criminal justice, race and policing. Jamiles was a member of the team behind the award-winning online database “The Counted,” tracking police violence in 2015 and 2016. In 2016, He was named “Michael J. Feeney Emerging Journalist of the Year” by the National Association of Black Journalists. In his off time, Jamiles is an avid drummer, playing and recording with artists in the New Orleans area.


Elizabeth Weill-GreenbergElizabeth Weill-Greenberg
Staff Reporter, The Appeal

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg is a staff reporter for The Appeal. Her work has also been published in The Nation and Truthout. She is a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, where she teaches a course on wrongful convictions. She is also the playwright of Life, Death, Life Again: Children Sentenced to Die in Prison, a documentary play produced by coLAB Arts, which has been performed throughout New Jersey and in Philadelphia. Elizabeth is currently working on her second documentary play with coLAB about children who have been placed on the sex offender registry. From 2007 to 2015 she worked as a Case Analyst for the Innocence Project where she was instrumental in several exonerations. She can be reached through Twitter at @elizabethweill.


Hannah Riley

Hannah RileyCommunications Manager, Southern Center for Human Rights

Hannah Riley joined the Southern Center for Human Rights in 2017. She came to SCHR from the Innocence Project, where she worked to educate the public, advance litigation goals, and draw increased attention to the phenomenon of wrongful convictions in the United States. She has a Master’s Degree in Criminology from the University of Cambridge, where she concentrated her research on prosecutorial misconduct, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She is also a freelance writer, focusing on criminal justice policy, the death penalty, and wrongful convictions.