Current Team Members
- Brandon Amir Smith: A part of the class of 2025 at Mercer University. He took a gap year during 2020-21 in Washington, D.C. to explore potential careers in the non-profit world creating change in the criminal legal system. He plans to major in Law and Public Policy. Brandon aspires to attend law school and pursue a career in criminal justice reform. Brandon is working with Just Future Project to ensure that minority communities are no longer disproportionately impacted by over-policing and unfair sentencing. Intern (Fall 2020).
- Grace Catherine Suzik: A part of the class of 2024 at American University in Washington, DC. She is currently majoring in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government (CLEG) and on a pre-law track. She hopes to attend law school after graduation in her goal of becoming a human rights lawyer and possibly pursue a later career in public policy. Grace is working with Just Future Project in attempting to reform the current operations of the United States legal system to collectively strive for rehabilitation and reintegration over counterproductive punishment. Grace believes in equality above all else, and seeks to bring light to the negative impact of labels and mental health provisional disparities in correctional facilities. Intern (Fall 2020).
Miranda Lynch: A part of the Class of 2024 at American University. She is majoring in Political Science on a pre law track. She hopes to attend law school to become a civil rights attorney. Miranda is working with Just Future Project because she believes that the human rights violation known as preventative detention is abhorrent and should be acknowledged as such. She is working to increase Just Future’s social media presence and following. Intern (Fall 2020).
- Sophia Helen McNicholas: Part of the class of 2025 at Reed College, she intends to major in International and Comparative Policy Studies (ICPS). Sophia is working as a research assistant at Just Future Project because she believes that preventative detention (what civil commitment functions as in practice), being antithetical to the principle of the presumption of innocence, is a particularly heinous facet of mass incarceration. Her work helps reinvest mental health resources away from medicalized criminal behavior towards addressing genuine mental health concerns. Intern (Fall 2020).
- Steven Whitsett: Director of International Relations and Human Rights. Having spent 22 years in prison (including 10 years in isolation as an “extreme escape risk”), “I had plenty of time to study the law as it pertains to sex-related conduct.” What Steven discovered is at odds with what is being claimed by politicians and law enforcement officials. He now makes his home in Germany and lives in freedom. Living now in Germany and studying European law, Steven is now convinced that the American sex-related legal regime is a violation of the basic human rights recognized by the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the United Nations. “It is my intent to educate the public as to these violations, push for international recognition of those violations, and educate those on the registry that there is a better way to live.”
- Nina Signorelli: A part of the class of 2022 at Western New England University. She is majoring in Law and Society; after graduating, she hopes to attend law school and acquire a law degree. Her studies of social justice inequality further her passion for criminal justice reform. Nina is working with Just Future Project to create a society in which an honorable, trustworthy justice system treats its individuals correctly. Special Assistant for Organizing Campaign (Summer 2020).
- John Powers: A part of the class of 2021 at Marist College. He is majoring in Communications with a double concentration in Public Relations and Journalism, with a minor in Political Science. After graduating he hopes to work as a political journalist for a news organization. John is working with Just Future Project to educate, and inform the public about the unreasonable, and unfair criminal justice system in the United States. Special Assistant for Organizing Campaign (Summer 2020).
- Garret Christino: Was a part of the class of 2020 at the University of Delaware. He majored in Criminal Justice and Psychology with a double minor in Spanish and Legal Studies. On campus he served as President of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and on the Executive Board of the Henlaw Society. After college he pursued a Law Degree. Garret believed that all people in the US should be treated with the equal opportunity that America promises to its people. Garret was working with Just Future to ensure that all people get the fair treatment they deserve when it comes to interactions with the Criminal Justice system. (Summer 2019).
We are saddened to learn that Garret David Christino, 22, of Hightstown, passed away on Friday, August 14, 2020 in Salem, NJ. Born in Princeton, NJ, Garret grew up in Hightstown. He graduated from Notre Dame High School with the Class of 2016 and went on to receive his bachelor’s of arts degree in 2020 from the University of Delaware. He was beginning his first year of law school at the Delaware School of Law. Garret loved life. He loved being with people, whether family, closest friends or people he just met; he loved to talk about anything and everything. He was particularly passionate about the work he did for the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Garret also loved to find ways to better himself, working out, attending Mass on Sundays or his love of learning. Garret had always been very active and filled his days with hiking, cooking, eating, making people laugh and making countless memories.
- Georgia Longstreet: Criminal Justice major at Rutgers University. Her interest in questions of social justice spurred her involvement with Just Future Project. She plans to attend law school in preparation for a career focused on sentencing reform. (Fall 2018).
- Andrew Provenzano: A part of the class of 2022 at American University. He is majoring in International Relations and minoring in International business; after graduating, he plans to pursue a law degree. Outside of school, he is training to become a scuba diving instructor. Andrew is working with Just Future Project to ensure that America’s criminal justice system grants everyone equal opportunity. (Fall 2018).
- Wyatt Walther: A part of the class of 2021 at Occidental College. He is majoring in Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture. Wyatt was an intern of (Summer 2018).