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Jamitra Fulleord

  • Hosted by ArchCity Defenders
  • Sponsored by Anonymous
  • Service location St. Louis, Missouri
  • Law school Washington University School of Law
  • Issue area Criminal Justice Reform, Family Law
  • Fellowship class year 2021
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Jamitra (she/her/hers) will advocate on behalf of justice-involved women in Missouri to mitigate the collateral consequences of incarceration through legal representation, reentry services, and policy advocacy.

Missouri has recently seen the fastest-growing population of women in prison in the country. Women have unique experiences that result in incarceration such as childhood trauma, domestic violence, and/or substance abuse. Women also have unique risk factors for reentry, including declining mental health and self-esteem, financial insecurity, and parenting concerns which are not being addressed by the male-dominated prison industrial complex. Many collateral consequences of incarceration, such as struggling with employment security, locating adequate housing, reestablishing healthy relationships with loved ones, and securing benefits upon release, result simply from having a felony record and some are compounded by unresolved issues that occurred before or during incarceration as a result of an arrest and imprisonment.

Fellowship Plans

During her Fellowship, Jamitra’s project will invest in justice-involved women from the beginning of their terms to help them proactively address and eliminate some of the risk factors that contribute to recidivism upon reentry. Jamitra will assist women with their civil legal needs while incarcerated, including resolving outstanding municipal charges, family law issues such as child custody proceedings, and issues pertaining to housing, such as challenging eviction judgments on their record that occurred as a result of their arrest and subsequent incarceration. She will also assist clients with their post-incarceration needs such as obtaining public benefits or battling wage garnishment.

Our society’s systems overwhelmingly impact Black women and other women of color. The women I will be working with are fighting to overcome and live within systems that were not created with them in mind. As a Black woman who has had to navigate society in similar ways, I am excited for this opportunity to help justice-involved women in Missouri and promote racial, gender, and economic justice.

Jamitra Fulleord /
2021 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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