I am incredibly grateful to be able to write this letter to you as Executive Director of Re:Store Justice. Just this time last year, my future felt hopeful, yet uncertain. Thanks to the leadership of this organization I am now home. We are a small organization but a stealthy one and I am proud to be a living result of our hard work.
This year, we will continue our policy work in the Capitol pushing forward bold and progressive legislation. On the in-prison programming side, we will continue to hold our Transformative Justice symposia bringing incarcerated people, survivors of crime, district attorneys and legislators to have intimate restorative dialogues. Our work continues to try and change harmful policy around the way we as a society respond to violence and life sentences. We are continuing our 16-week Transformative Justice class held inside of a Level 4 maximum security prison CSP Lancaster. Our FirstWatch video program continues to flourish and grow with our partnership with YouTube.
As we look forward to this year, we have ambitious plans to continue to create systemic change through our work of proximity and not shy away from big legislative goals. We are so grateful for all of the help and generosity of our incredible supporters and friends.
Adnan Khan is the Executive Director and co-founder of Re:Store Justice which he co-founded while incarcerated. Adnan was sentenced to 25 years to life under the Felony/Murder rule at the age of 18. While in prison, he inspired, launched and worked on the Felony/Murder rule legislation (Senate Bill 1437) with his organization, Re:Store Justice. The bill passed and after serving 16 years, in January 2019, Adnan was the first person re-sentenced under the bill he helped create. In addition, during his incarceration, he created FIRSTWATCH, a media filmmaking project produced entirely by incarcerated people at San Quentin State Prison that still produces short films today. His sentence was also commuted by Governor Jerry Brown in December 2018 before he left office. He is an Art for Justice Fellow
Today, he continues his advocacy work nationally.