-Out for Justice is a longtime grantee of the Open Society Institute-Baltimore-
By Catherine Pugh, Special to the AFRO
As we focus on the change makers and thought leaders continuing the work of Martin Luther King Jr., the AFRO would like to salute the work of Nicole Hanson-Mundell, the executive director of Out for Justice. Recently, the Baltimore native sat down with the AFRO to discuss her life, the organization’s priorities for the 2023 Maryland legislative session, and the work they have been doing over the past five years under her leadership.
Out for Justice is the policy arm for the re-entry community in the state of Maryland . After receiving its nonprofit status in 2012, the organization has been actively working to make life less challenging for the formerly incarcerated.
Highly recognizable in Annapolis, as their members walk the halls daily during the session, they hold rallies and can be heard testifying and advocating for legislation they believe makes transition for returning citizens easier. There is no shortage of individuals for them to advocate for—Maryland has one of the highest incarceration rates in the country, and the highest rate nationally for Black males.