Desmond Meade and Sheena Meade Talk Second Chance Month

Off-Kilter Podcast
2 min readApr 16, 2021

Rebecca talks to Desmond Meade and Sheena Meade about their work to restore voting rights and economic security for people impacted by criminal records — and the importance of centering the leadership of people directly impacted by our broken criminal legal system in this work. Subscribe to Off-Kilter on iTunes.

For this week’s pod, Off-Kilter continues our Second Chance Month series with two of the directly impacted leaders driving transformational change on second chance policies and rights restoration in the states, who also happen to be a powerhouse husband-wife team: Desmond Meade, executive director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, best known for the visionary Amendment 4 campaign that restored the right to vote for 1.4 million people with felony convictions in Florida — and Sheena Meade, one of the leaders in the Amendment 4 campaign and now the managing director of the Clean Slate Initiative, a bipartisan national movement to expand record-clearing and make it automatic to put second chances within reach for everyone, not just folks who can afford a lawyer.

This week’s guests:

  • Desmond Meade, executive director, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
  • Sheena Meade, managing director, Clean Slate Initiative

For more:

  • Learn more about the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition’s work here
  • Learn more about and get involved with the Clean Slate Initiative’s state campaigns



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