This year’s conference includes a special focus on Racial Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion Programming. Workshops that will address this overarching theme include [RJ] after the session title.

Eddie Ellis

Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth
ICAN Coordinator
Washington, D.C.
Eddie, a native Washingtonian, was arrested and charged with murder at the age of 16 — he was later found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 22 years in prison. He served 15 years and finished the rest of his time on parole. Eddie came home in 2006, and since that time he has worked on a variety of issues, including reentry, solitary confinement, and on behalf of people with disabilities who are in the system and coming home. He joined the Incarcerated Children’s Advocacy Network as a coordinator in 2018. In this role, he works with ICAN members across the country, connecting them to each other and with local resources. He also works with other directly affected communities, including the family members of juvenile lifers. Eddie is also a past board member of NLADA, a past member of the CPG and DPG, and a current member of the NASAMS executive committee.