2022 Candidate EndorsementsLife After Release is proud to endorse the following candidates for the 2022 Maryland Primary Election:
Brandon Burrell for Prince George’s Circuit Court Judge
Mr. Burrell is involved with several non-profit organizations that are geared towards social justice such as “Life After Release” and “Harriet’s Wildest Dreams.” He is a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel in Washington DC and served as a law clerk for the Honorable Nicholas E. Rattal in Prince George’s County Circuit. We have an enormous mass incarceration problem in this country. The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with almost two million people held. Maryland, alone locks up a higher percentage of its people than almost any democracy on Earth. The state of Maryland has the highest incarceration rate in the nation of young black men. Circuit Court Judges are important. They preside over jury trials in criminal and civil cases and non jury trials involving family law matters. The Circuit Court is the court of original jurisdiction, meaning the decision of the judge is given the ultimate deference afforded to trial courts. Many of the most serious sentences occur in Circuit Court.
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Krystal Oriadha for Prince George’s County Council (District 7)
Krystal Oriadha has spent years advocating for policies and legislation that support and protect the residents of Prince George’s County. As co-founder of the grassroots organization PG ‘ChangeMakers’, she has worked to break down systemic racism and address community issues around housing, food insecurity, health care, LGBTQ rights, police reform, and education on the ground with partners Life After Release. Krystal recognizes the importance of standing in solidarity with the communities most impacted by policies to build grassroots power, and she’s ready to introduce an agenda that reflects this at the county level. On the Prince George’s County Council, Krystal will fight to pass policies that improve local communities’ overall quality of life, ensure economic development serves everyone, and center the voices and needs of the county’s most vulnerable residents.