Andrea James will create a national network of formerly incarcerated women who will raise the level of dialogue about how incarceration impacts women, their children, and their communities.
James is the executive director and founder of Families for Justice as Healing, a criminal justice reform organization with a focus on women and children. She is formerly the director of operations of the Boston Public Health Commission’s Division of Violence Prevention—PACT Initiative and currently serves as a member of the Massachusetts Pretrial Working Group, a statewide coalition working on pretrial alternatives to incarceration. She has practiced and taught criminal law, established an internship program for teenage daughters of incarcerated women, and served as producer and host of the Morning Show for Touch FM Radio in Roxbury, Massachusetts. She is the author of several books, including Upper Bunkies Unite: And Other Thoughts On the Politics of Mass Incarceration, and A Letter To My Children From A Mad, Black, Incarcerated Mother. James holds a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law and received her BA from the University of Massachusetts.