Devon Simmons, a Harlem native, is a 2016 Justice-in-Education Scholar. In 2012, while incarcerated at Otisville Correctional Facility, he enrolled in John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s Prison-to-College Pipeline program. Soon after his release, following over 15 years of imprisonment, he obtained his AA (with honors) from Hostos Community College, and subsequently graduated summa cum laude from John Jay with a BA in criminal justice. As a global ambassador for higher education, he has traveled to Cuba, England, Jamaica, and South Africa in an effort to help establish prison-to-college pipeline programs internationally. He is a 2019 Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity.
Devon is a 2019 Soros Justice Fellow hosted at the Center for Justice at Columbia University. There, he will build a coalition of New York State advocates who will work to reimagine what community supervision looks like.