Shon Hopwood, Criminal Justice Reform
In this video, bank robber turned Georgetown law professor, Shon Hopwood, draws on experience to discuss why criminal justice reform is vital and necessary in the United States. He discusses the counter-productivity of using prison as a first response, rather than a last resort, to criminals, explaining that the U.S.’ high recidivism rate reflects on the poor quality of the system, not on the individuals who are imprisoned.
At the age of 23, Shon found himself heading to prison. His life lacked direction, and he had little to no confidence that his future would unfold happily or successfully. And yet, just two short decades later, he is a happily married father and an accomplished lawyer teaching his craft at one of the nation’s most highly-respected schools of law. How did he turn it all around? Where did he find the motivation to persevere past self-doubt and overcome enormous hurdles toward success?
Shon’s incredible story of second chances and success after failure has been featured in the The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, NPR, and 60 Minutes. He is the author of the memoir, Law Man: My Story of Robbing Banks, Winning Supreme Cases and Finding Redemption, and an advocate for criminal justice reform. A natural storyteller, Hopwood is loved by audiences for his humility, honesty, and ability to connect with groups large and small about the universal struggles we all face and the importance of trusting in your own potential.
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Associate Law Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, Criminal Justice Reform Advocate, and Motivational Speaker
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