Waleisah Wilson is a dedicated criminal justice reform activist and organizer. She staunchly supports efforts that address disability justice, ending solitary confinement and mass incarceration, voter disenfranchisement, ending the stigmas associated with having a criminal record and eliminating the unjust barriers to reentry, including across the board one size fits all registry laws and policies. Her passion stems from her personal struggles with reentry and is the reason why she founded NewLife-Second Chance Outreach, Inc., a nonprofit organization that addresses the lack of direct employment services specifically for those with criminal convictions. Through her advocacy work and her active community involvement, she is known and respected as a fearless community leader and reentry expert.
Waleisah holds a Master’s Degree in Human Services, a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management, and a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice. She currently works at the Southern Center for Human Rights as the Client Services Advocate.