Houston, TX August 2, 2018
The ACLU and Texas Southern University (TSU) are joining together to tackle criminal justice reform by fostering storytellers — a first of its kind storytelling bureau in the U.S.A.
The program will train students who have been impacted by the criminal justice system how to tell their stories in public forums such as the state legislature.
The idea for the storytelling bureau came from former death row inmate Anthony Graves. He has seen many, many times the power of storytelling.
“Every time I tell my story someone comes up to me and asks me how can they help,” said Graves.
Graves spent 18 years behind bars before he was exonerated and released.
“Regardless of how you feel about the criminal justice system, you don’t want someone innocent back there,” he said.