Antoine ‘Aziz’ Brown, is the Office Associate for Re:Store Justice. In December 2017, Aziz’ life sentence was commuted by Governor Jerry Brown. After serving 23 years in prison, Aziz’ 36 years to life sentence was commuted to 22 years to life. Aziz was found suitable by the Board of Prison Hearing on April 20, 2018, and was released from San Quentin Prison on August 17, 2018.
While incarcerated Aziz helped co-found KID C.A.T., a juvenile lifer group which focuses on fostering empathy & compassion for those impacted by violence, and insight & accountability for crimes committed against humanity.
Aziz’ character is rooted in his Islamic belief and his profound desire to be just and righteous.
He’s dedicated to living a life of amends through continuous dialogue with survivors of crime as well as with currently and formerly incarcerated men & women.
Sutina Green is the Communications Manager for Re:Store Justice. She oversees our website and social media platforms. She also helps facilitate our transformative justice work.
Sutina is system impacted, with her father being incarcerated during her childhood. She also experienced being in the foster care system for several years. Her husband was incarcerated for almost 28 years until he was commuted by Governor Brown in November 2018. Sutina has become a passionate advocate for Justice Reform, in advocating for bills at the California State Capitol, by helping incarcerated men and women, as well as their family members, with the commutation process. She is the Co-founder of F.U.E.L.- Families United to End LWOP (Life Without Parole).
Previously, Sutina was the Program Director for The Place4Grace. Their mission is to restore families and advocate for children impacted by incarceration.
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 men 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 is continues his advocacy work nationally as well as internationally.
Alex Mallick is the Co- Founder and serves as Communications Director of Re:Store Justice. Her work in California includes policy, advocacy and communication strategy to advance justice reform. In addition to working on legislation, she works with incarcerated individuals to help change the narrative and shine a light on the power of rehabilitation.
In 2016, inspired by the people she had worked with inside prison for years- many of whom were serving life sentences- Alex set out to change one of the laws that unjustly kept so many people locked up: the felony murder rule. In collaboration with co-founder Adnan Khan, who was serving a life sentence at the time, they assembled a team at Re:Store and with organizations across the state, that would eventually amend the unfair felony murder rule law in California (Senate Bill 1437). Through her persistence and determination, the bill went into effect in 2019.
Today she continues to advocate against all forms extreme sentencing and works with survivors of crime to create healing through restorative justice practices. Prior to joining Re:Store Justice, she worked at Human Rights Watch as an Associate Director in the Bay Area.
She grew up in France and graduated from New York University with a B.A in journalism and middle eastern studies.
Philip Melendez is the Los Angeles Outreach Associate for Re:Store Justice. Phil returned home in September of 2017 after serving a life sentence. While inside, he facilitated many self-help and restorative programs, mentored neglected and traumatized youth, and organized numerous events linking community members with incarcerated people at San Quentin. He also worked closely with Adnan, Alex & Sara on numerous events and initiatives while incarcerated.
He’s passionate about sharing his experience and the knowledge he acquired along his journey to ensure that no one takes that same path.
Sara Sindija is the Co-Founder & Deputy Director of Re:Store Justice. She oversees organizational strategy and implementation and leads the teams research and impact measurement. Sara co-led the 34 state prison survey for the felony murder rule reform bill (Senate Bill 1437) and was instrumental in gathering stories of people who were impacted by the law to bring their stories to light.
Prior to co-founding Re:Store Justice, Sara’s work focused around restorative justice as a response to state and community violence and human rights abuses. While on the Development and Global Initiatives team at Human Rights Watch in San Francisco, she developed a special interest in addressing harsh juvenile sentences.
As a restorative justice practitioner Sara holds a group on a level four yard at California State Prison Lancaster and is a trained Victim Offender Dialogue Facilitator. She holds a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley and a MSc in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where her work centered around transformative justice and peace-building.
Rebecca is dedicated to creating opportunities for transformation and healing for everyone impacted by violence, including victims and people responsible for harm. Her work in Restorative Justice is rooted in her longstanding commitment to addressing disparities that impact the health and well being of men, women, and children in communities of color.
Rebecca’s work is grounded as well in her personal history; her beloved sister Wendy was murdered in 1992.
Rebecca received her Master’s Degree in Public Heath Policy (Child and Family Health) from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She is a certified mediator and Victim Offender Dialogue Facilitator, and is a student of the practices Mindfulness and Mindful Self-Compassion. Rebecca is a certified parent educator through The Center for Nonviolent Education and Parenting and has taught the practice of nonviolent child raising to hundreds of parents and professionals.
Today, Rebecca is the Program Director of Re:store Justice, where she leads our transformative justice work with victims and incarcerated individuals, both inside prisons and in the community.
Adam J. Foss is a former Assistant District Attorney in the Juvenile Division of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office (SCDAO) in Boston, MA, and a fierce advocate for criminal justice reform and the importance of the role of the prosecutor in ending mass incarceration. Mr. Foss believes that the profession of prosecution is ripe for reinvention requiring better incentives and more measurable metrics for success beyond, simply, “cases won” leading him to found Prosecutor Impact – a non-profit developing training and curriculum for prosecutors to reframe their role in the criminal justice system.
During his nine years as a prosecutor, Mr. Foss collaborated with the courts and the community to develop programming that continues to have a positive impact on the neighborhoods he prosecuted in. One example of these efforts is the Roxbury CHOICE program, an initiative Mr Foss co-founded, to turn probation from a punitive sentence into a beneficial relationship with the court, the probation department, and the District Attorney’s Office. He is also the founder of the SCDAO Reading Program, a program he started, to bridge the achievement gap of area elementary school students. Before leaving the District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Foss was a critical piece of the foundation of the first juvenile diversion program in Suffolk County, keeping young people out of the cradle to prison pipeline.
Most recently, The Mandela Foundation recognized Mr. Foss as the 2017 Nelson Mandela Changemaker of the Year. Fast Company named him one of the Most Creative People in Business of 2017. The NAACP awarded Mr. Foss with the 2017 Roy Wilkins Next Generation Leader Award. The Root named Mr. Foss one of the 100 most influential black Americans of 2016. He was named Graduate of the Last Decade by his alma mater, Suffolk University Law School and is a visiting senior fellow at Harvard Law School. He also is a fellow at the Open Society Foundation Leadership in Government initiative as well as a Director’s Fellow in the world renown MIT Media Lab. In February of 2016, Mr. Foss delivered a TED talk that has already eclipsed 2 million views. In 2015, he was voted one of the country’s 40 most up-and-coming lawyers by National Law Journal and in 2013, the Massachusetts Bar Association voted him Prosecutor of the Year. In both his professional and personal capacities, Mr. Foss volunteers much of his time to the community he works in.
Amy Rao is the CEO of Integrated Archive systems a company she founded in 1994. Originally from Indiana, Amy moved to the Bay area in 1985 and currently resides in Palo Alto with her husband and five children.
She has a long history of involvement in both local and national democratic politics and she actively advocates for stronger human rights and environmental policy. Amy’s greatest passion is for the defending and protecting of human rights both domestically and internationally and currently serves on the International board of Human Rights Watch as well as on the Vday board with Eve Ensler.
Amy serves as President of the board of the 11th Hour Project and also serves on the board of the Schmidt Family Foundation.
Earlonne Woods was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. In 1997, he was sentenced to 31-years-to-life for attempted second degree robbery. While incarcerated, he received his GED, attended Coastline Community College and completed many vocational trade programs. In November 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown commuted Earlonne’s sentence after 21 years of incarceration. Upon his release, Earlonne was hired by PRX as a full-time producer for Ear Hustle, and will continue to work with Nigel, contributing stories about re-entry.
While incarcerated, Earlonne became a member of the San Quentin Chapter of the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists. He has a love for art and storytelling.
Jacque Wilson has been a Deputy Public Defender in the San Francisco County Public Defender’s Office since 2003. Jacque earned his Juris Doctorate from the Golden Gate University School of Law and was admitted to the California Bar in 2001. Jacque has been honored for his pro bono work on racial and educational justice in Modesto’s public schools and was honored by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area alongside his twin brother, Jacq Wilson, a private attorney in San Francisco.
The Wilsons’ nonprofit organization, Advocates for Justice (AFJ), received the Living the Dream Award during LCCR’s 50th Anniversary Celebration and Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Dinner. The brothers formed the AFJ mentor program to substantially reduce suspensions and expulsions in Modesto City Schools, to eliminate disparities in education, and to put to end the school-to-prison pipeline in their hometown community.
Jacque also runs the San Francisco Public Defender’s Court Watch program, which allows youth to watch court proceedings and discuss issues in the criminal justice system with public defenders. Jacque’s testimony and advocacy, alongside his father Mack, was instrumental in the campaign to pass SB1437 into law.