Abd’Allah Wali Lateef is Deputy Director with the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth.
In spite of being condemned to life without possibility of parole at 17-years-old—and without hope or expectation of ever being released from prison— Abd’Allah devoted himself to personal and collective transformation. Abd’Allah served as a mentor, religious advisor, faith leader, and reform advocate. He also studied legal jurisprudence and worked as a paralegal at Paraprofessional Law Clinic, Inc.
Since his release, Abd’Allah has continued his advocacy efforts. Today, along with serving as Co-Deputy Director for the CFSY, Abd’Allah is also an member of the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition, a member of the University of Pennsylvania Goldring Reentry Initiatives advisory board, a board member at the Center for Employment Opportunities, a board member at New Leash on Life, and lead fellow for the Media Justice Fellowship sponsored by Lenfest Institute for Journalism and the Philadelphia Reentry Think Tank.
Some of Abd’Allah’s work is reflected in the following links:
- None of Us Are Free, Until All of Us Are Free
- The Appeal: Justice in America Episode 13: Juvenile Justice
- Colorlines: Former Juvenile Lifers Need a Pressure Valve
- Video: Abd’Allah Lateef in Conversation with Clint Smith
- Video: Abd’Allah Lateef talks Ubuntu Philadelphia and Healing
- JLC: Thoughts From a Formerly Condemned Man-Child: Reflections on Miller and Montgomery Rulings
- WITF: After 49 years behind bars, juvenile lifer found society wasn’t prepared for his release
- MDSJ: University of Scranton Hosts Retreat for Formerly Incarcerated Children
- La Salle: La Salle Welcomes Two Presenters Who Spoke from Experience about the Juvenile Justice System and Reform