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Dr. Crystal R. Francis is a senior public policy expert with 12 years of experience working for the federal government. She serves as the Executive Officer for the Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform (MAJR). MAJR is a non-partisan public policy think-tank that works to improve outcomes for communities impacted by incarceration. As the Executive Officer, she oversees the Backdoor (Reentry) Committee. She collaborates with state legislators and over 40 organizations across Maryland to develop policies aimed at ending the school to prison pipeline, remedying the collateral effects of incarceration, and increasing access to wrap around services (education, housing, and employment) for under-served communities.Outside of work, Dr. Francis is a sought-after motivational speaker. She starred in the documentary “Degree of Impact,” which follows her journey earning a Ph.D. to advance social change through criminal justice reform. Dr. Francis has a heart for the community and hopes to end poverty, mass incarceration, and homelessness in America.She earned a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, a M.S. degree in Homeland Security Management from Towson University, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy & Administration from Walden University. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, National Society for Leadership and Success, and Fulbright Association.
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