Jarrell E. Daniels is a research assistant at the Center For Justice at Columbia University, where his main focus is on understanding how mass incarceration and criminalization impact minority communities. He is particularly interested in working with others in academia, government, civil society and affected communities to create a new vision for the criminal justice and ultimately shape policies that help individuals, families and communities thrive.
Jarrell is a Friends of the Island Youth Leadership peer mentor and a member of the 2018 Justice-In-Education Scholars cohort at Columbia University. Since his release from prison, he has become a sought after speaker on college campuses, where he has shared the experiences that led to his incarceration and that of others from similar communities. Through his work with the community, he offers disciplined advice for at risk and troubled teens re-emerging from Rikers Island and juvenile detention centers throughout NYC.
Jarrell is a 2019 Soros Justice Fellow, working to launch the Justice Ambassadors, a leadership development opportunity for system-impacted youth in New York City.