Senior Fellow, Research Institute for Incarceration Studies
Joseph Ligason LeDuc is a Filipino-American resident of Northeast Spokane, WA. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics & International Affairs at Wake Forest University and his Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University. Joseph has worked against mass-incarceration and mass-criminalization on multiple fronts such as community organizing, social services for reentry, prison/reentry ministry, and academic research.
Joseph has conducted strategic research for several campaigns including efforts to expand hospital access and provide medical debt relief for low income residents of Spokane, WA, private prison divestment, and national best practices on alternatives to incarceration and punitive interventions. This research included power mapping, tracking the flow of money between government and non-governmental institutions, and policy analysis. Joseph has also worked as an instructor and lecturer at Gonzaga University’s summer policy debate institute where he taught research and speech on public policy. Joseph has served as a research and argumentation consultant for college policy debate teams at institutions such as New York University, Wake Forest University, and the University of Minnesota.
Rajat Gupta and other founders use their personal experiences to strengthen marginalized communities. Rise-N-Step is an organization run by people with personal knowledge and experience with the criminal justice system, criminal justice reform, prison reform, re-entry, and recidivism reduction.
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