Who We Are

How We Got Started

Nation Outside was born out of a meeting between collaborating criminal justice advocacy groups. While people who have been directly impacted by the justice system were represented in this groups, there wasn’t a group present with the sole mission of bringing the voices of those who have been most affected by the criminal justice system to the discussion.


Nation Outside believes that those who have been directly impacted by the justice system must have a seat at the table.

Nation Outside seeks to organize and activate people who have experienced incarceration, family, friends, and allies to use their experienced voices to  help create more effective policies, a better-informed public, and promote civic engagement among formers and their networks.

Nation Outside is a movement to let policy-makers know that we need policies and systems in place that address root causes, promote healing, and result in more stable communities. 

Meet our Transitional Board

Ronald Simpson-Bey
Monica Jahner
Troy Reinstra
Robert VanSumeren
Allan Wachendorfer
Debra Wright
Demetrius Titus
Algeria Wilson

Meet our Chapter Coordinators

Hakim Crampton
Jackson Chapter
Jamo Thomas
Detroit Chapter
Johnell Allen-Bey
Flint Chapter
Tony Gant
Jackson Chapter
Kevin Harris
Detroit Chapter
Yusef Shakur
Detroit Chapter
Percy Glover
Flint Chapter

Other Founding Members

Aaron Suganuma
Josh Hoe
Elisheva Johnson
Sandra Girard
Robert Olive
Nicholas Buckingham
Joseph Williams

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1679 Broadway Ave. 

Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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