Richard (Rich) Griffin is the regional coordinator for Grand Rapids and the surrounding area. After his release from the Michigan Department of Corrections where he was incarcerated for 23 years as a juvenile lifer, Rich quickly jumped into working to transform the justice system. He has mentored youth, participated in coalition building, and worked with communities marginalized by mass incarceration, voting disenfranchisement, and over-policing. Rich has also worked closely with policy council, legislative lobbyists, local elected officials and state legislators.
Rich was contracted with Nation Outside to work on our Get Out the Vote campaign to register currently incarcerated persons housed in local county jails. He coordinated outreach and pop-up GOTV events around the state of Michigan to educate communities on the rights of those housed pretrial to cast their vote.
He is currently the Campaign Director for Michigan Justice Advocacy for their initiative to bring back good time credits, and consults with 327 Consulting Group. Rich has attended Albion College and Jackson College.