Laurie Jo Reynolds

Chicago, IL
18 months

Laurie Jo Reynolds will organize a multi-disciplinary campaign to oppose conviction-based registries, housing restrictions, and exclusion zones, which destabilize families and often lead to unemployment, incarceration, and homelessness. She will build community partnerships to instead advocate for policies that prevent victimization, support survivors, and assist people in leading positive and productive lives after a conviction.

Reynolds is an artist and policy advocate whose work challenges the demonization and exclusion of people both inside and outside of prison. She was the organizer of Tamms Year Ten, a grassroots legislative campaign to close Illinois’ notorious state supermax prison, which Governor Pat Quinn shuttered in 2013. She continues to work with family members and people with records on public art projects to support prison policy change. Reynolds has received grants from the Open Society Foundations, Creative Capital, United States Artists, and Creative Time Foundation, and is an assistant professor of art at the University of Illinois at Chicago.