“When my brother first became involved in the system, he was not capable of causing the kind of harm that has led me to fear for my life today. Now, he is capable. The costs of that failure are too high for families like mine.”
Marlena Henderson is an advocate for Criminal Justice reform and Mental Health reform. She comes from a family who has been directly impacted by the criminal justice system, a family that tried for decades to access resources designed to intervene and rehabilitate but who were denied those resources time after time. As a victim and survivor of the mass incarceration movement she brings a unique perspective to many of the systems failures and opportunities. Marlena has worked in management, as an entrepreneur, a board member, a champion for equity in education and most recently as an advocate for Safety reform. Marlena is the parent of two teenage boys and several four legged friends.