In 1987, a group of incarcerated people at the Louisiana State Penitentiary formed the Angola Special Civics Project, which started researching jail-based voter registrations, and later drafted the state’s first Lifer parole law (passed in 1990). Founding members of the Civics Project included Norris Henderson and Checo Yancy, both of whom are now with Voters Organized to Educate.
In 2003, several founding members launched Voice of the Experienced, a nationally-recognized grassroots organization, which had no paid staff until 2008. Voters Organized to Educate provided another opportunity to reach people in the community, and the “Know Your Vote” campaign began in 2017.
Justice Votes 2020:
Presidential Town Hall
Eastern State Penitentiary | Philadelphia, PA
October 28, 2019
Candidates for the Democratic Party Primary present their criminal justice reform platforms to an audience of formerly incarcerated leaders.
Voters Organized to Educate builds collective power for change in the criminal legal system. We educate and mobilize organizations and individuals that believe in the principles of grassroots movement building, social justice, and equality.
We adopt the 14-Point Platform of the Formerly Incarcerated, Convicted People and Families Movement, as it was drafted by the FICPFM steering committee, following input by 50 formerly incarcerated leaders in Birmingham, AL, then ratified by over 300 formerly incarcerated people in Watts, CA.