Executive Director and Founder, The Center for Returning Citizens
Jondhi Harrell, is the founder and executive director of The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC) in Philadelphia. As an organization, TCRC is dedicated to creating sustainable systems for healing the wounds of mass incarceration and providing the holistic assistance needed for returning citizens to thrive. By championing this work, TCRC is helping to dismantle the system of second-class citizenship and rebuilding the foundation for strong families and healthy communities. Jondhi Harrell served a total of 25 years in federal custody. He was released from his second federal sentence in 2009. He completed his BS in Human Services Management in 2012. TCRC offers comprehensive services for formerly incarcerated individuals.
Mr. Harrell is a community activist, political and community consultant, and plays a leadership role in numerous organizations, the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition, Free Meek Mill Movement, Philadelphia Anti-Violence Coalition, #215EndCashBail, Coalition 4 a Just DA, Beyond the Bars, the Ujima Friends Peace Center, & Philly Uncut. Jondhi Harrell is the co-founder of the Community Leadership Coalition and co-founder of the BLOC Party (Build Lobby Organize Campaign), two movements to forge the returning citizens of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania into a cultural, social, political, and economic force. Jondhi Harrell is a frequent guest lecturer on the topics of Mass Incarceration, Criminal Justice Reform, Social Injustice in America, and Re-building Black America at universities, colleges, churches, organizations and community events. Mr. Harrell has a bachelor’s degree in Human Service Management from the University of Phoenix and is working on a Master’s in Social Work at Temple University. Jondhi is a JustLeadershipUSA Fellow 2016 Cohort, a Rastafarian Quaker, representative of FCNL (Friends Committee on National Legislation), Friends of Afrikan Descent and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.