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Nicole D. Porter

Nicole Porter is a native Texan who currently resides in Washington, DC. Porter is the former Director of the ACLU’s Prison & Jail Accountability Project (PJAP). PJAP’s mission was to monitor the conditions of confinement in Texas jails and prisons.  She became interested in criminal justice issues when many of the young men she grew up with in the Greater Greenspoint area of Houston became casualties of the state's failed sentencing policies.  Porter graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Master's Degree in Public Affairs from the LBJ School. Her master’s thesis addressed exploring self employment as an economic strategy among formerly incarcerated African Americans. Porter received her BA in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. She also studied African Politics at the University of Ghana, West Africa.

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