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Former Texas Prison Bid'ness Bloggers

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Kathleen Pequeño is a communications and technology specialist in Portland, Oregon. She was one of the original staff members of Western Prison Project (now Partnership for Safety and Justice), working to change the criminal justice system in Oregon, and has been writing for several years on the need for criminal justice reform and on the movement for criminal justice reform. She currently edits Justice Matters, the quarterly newsletter of Partnership for Safety and Justice.

Kathleen was first drawn into criminal justice reform through her work against domestic and sexual violence in the 1990s. Since 2000, she has worked in Oregon to create changes to the criminal justice system to redirect it away from expensive, ineffective punishments and towards effective solutions to preventing crime.

Her writing has covered many aspects of the need for change in the criminal justice system, including a piece about the proposed private prison in Northeast Portland she wrote in late 2006. As of November 2007, Kathleen is a former contributer to Texas Prison Bid'ness.


Nick Hudson is a student at the University of Texas at Austin studying philosophy  and government. He has worked on prison and criminal justice issues for two and a half years with the ACLU of Texas and Grassroots Leadership.

Nick worked to improve prison conditions as a volunteer and work-study with the ACLU of Texas Prison and Jail Accountability Project. He updated the ACLU of Texas Prisoner Resource Guide in 2007, and helped monitor conditions of confinement inside of Texas prisons. Nick also served as the ACLU of Texas legislative liaison for criminal justice sentencing during the 2007 legislative session.

Nick has worked against private prison expansion with Grassroots Leadership since January of 2006. He authored Ground Zero: The Laredo Superjail and the No Action Alternative in July of 2006, and has spoken for Grassroots Leadership at criminal justice hearings before the Texas Senate. Nick joined the Texas Prison Bid'ness blog in 2008 and left in 2011. 


Andrew Strong is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, where he studied philosophy, ethics, and logic. Currently, he is a practicing attorney in Dallas, Texas, and a 2013 Texas Tech University's School of Law graduate.

Andrew became interested in the private prison industry in Texas during the research for his senior thesis to obtain his Bachelor's of Arts. Subsequently, he played a role in updating Grassroots Leadership's publication, "Considering a Private Jail, Prison, or Detention Center?..." Andrew joined Texas Prison Bid'ness in 2009 and moved on in 2011.


Krystal Gomez is the Advocacy and Policy Counsel for the ACLU of Texas and staffs the Lower Rio Grande Valley office.  Krystal leads the organization's Immigrant Rights campaign focusing on issues such as Customs and Border Patrol Abuse, conditions of confinement for non-citizens in custody, and the increasing criminalization of immigrants.

Before joining the ACLU of Texas, Krystal worked with the Equal Justice Center recovering unpaid wages for low-income workers.  She received her B.A. in Government and Ethnic Studies from the University of Texas in Austin, during which time she worked as a community organizer in East Austin.  Krystal then earned her J.D. from St. Mary's University School of Law where she received the 2010 Francisco Leos Award for Clinical Excellence for her work in the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic. 



Frank Knaack is the former Associate Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for the ACLU of Texas.  In that role, Frank managed the organization’s statewide grassroots advocacy and coordinates the ACLU of Texas’ four strategic campaigns: Criminal Law Reform, Immigrants’ Rights, Youth Rights, and Religious Freedom.  During the 82nd Legislative Session, Frank led the ACLU of Texas’ efforts at the Texas Capitol to seal the school-to-prison pipeline.

Prior to joining the ACLU of Texas, Frank was a part of the ACLU National Legal Department where he researched domestic human rights violations and coordinated national advocacy campaigns designed to hold the United States accountable to its international human rights treaty obligations.  Frank received his MA in International Human Rights Law from The American University in Cairo and BA from the University of Vermont.



Piper Madison is a former organizer in the Grassroots Leadership's Austin office, coming to us through the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.’s Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) Program, which matches young adults with non-profits for a year of service.  

Piper graduated in May from the University of Alabama in Birmingham with a degree in North African Studies, which involved studying not only French and Arabic language but also the effects of political and economic colonialism on non-dominant ethnicities.  Piper has served the PCUSA in various functions, most recently as an advisory delegate to the 220th General Assembly, where she advocated for queer rights and inclusiveness.



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