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Darryl Woods, Sr is the Detroit area regional coordinator for Nation Outside. While incarcerated for 29 years within the Michigan Department of Corrections, he earned his GED and chaired the NAACP Detroit Branch Prison Program Committee for over a decade, and led thousands of youth and prisoners to transformation as the founder of RESTART Youth Deterrent™ Program and PRISON Deterrent™ Program.

After his release, Darryl completed classes in Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Restorative Justice at the University of Michigan - Dearborn, Wayne State University, and the International Institute for Restorative Practices. As a Presidential Fellow with the Democratic National Committee, Darryl organized canvassing teams and get out the vote events in the traditionally low voter turn-out areas across the State of Michigan. He served as a member of the strategic planning committee to help accomplish campaign goals to reach disenfranchised voting populations.


Darryl has consulted for and organized with Voting Access For All (VAAC) in creating a voting block with returning citizens and detainees in Wayne, Genesee, and Washtenaw County jails. Additionally, he partnered with NO in our Get Out the Vote campaign ahead of the November 2020 election, and with the Detroit Branch of the NAACP in registering men and women to vote in the Wayne County Jails for the 2020 election season. 

He has launched SAY Detroit’s “Better Together” initiative with Mitch Albom, was appointed to the State Appellate Defenders Commission by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and works at Growth Works. Darryl is a minister, community activist and organizer.

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