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Lexi Gray

  • Hosted by Northeast Legal Aid
  • Sponsored by The Vertex Foundation
  • Service location Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Law school Harvard Law School
  • Issue area Civil Rights/Civil Liberties, Criminal Justice Reform
  • Fellowship class year 2023
  • Program Design-Your-Own Fellowship

The Project

At Northeast Legal Aid, Lexi (she/hers) will work to counteract legal barriers to reentry for formerly incarcerated individuals through direct representation, education, and community outreach.

Formerly incarcerated individuals face extensive and compounding barriers to reentry, including denials of housing, employment, and occupational licenses. Many reentering individuals also have significant criminal or child support debt that can lead to driver’s license suspensions and wage garnishment. These barriers are the result of systems that deem formerly incarcerated individuals as unworthy of community resources, deny their humanity, and often fuel cycles of poverty, instability, and recidivism.

Lexi’s passion for reentry work stems directly from her long history working with currently and formerly incarcerated clients in Norway, Italy, New Zealand, and the United States. She is deeply committed to creating a future where no one experiences the trauma of incarceration, and where responses to harm are rooted in healing, community, and compassion.

Fellowship Plans

Lexi’s project strives to address barriers to reentry by providing holistic, wrap-around, direct representation to reentering individuals. She will represent clients on issues involving criminal-record-related housing and employment denials, child support debt, driver’s license suspensions, occupational licensing, record clearing, and public benefits.

Lexi will also work with local reentry centers and community organizations to distribute legal resource materials, host weekly clinics, and facilitate know your rights trainings to ensure that reentering individuals understand and are empowered to exercise their rights.

My formerly incarcerated clients are some of the kindest, most resilient people I know. Like everyone, they deserve access to stable housing, meaningful employment, and the opportunity to live happy and healthy lives as integral parts of our communities.

Lexi Gray /
2023 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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