Laura Nicks

Movement Builder, Incarcerated Children’s Advocacy Network

2022 Goldin Global Fellow (English)

Laura went to prison at the age of 17 for being an accessory to murder and was sentenced to life without parole. After serving 32.5 years, she was released under the new ‘Fair Sentencing of Minors Act’ in Arkansas championed by the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (CFSY). Since Laura’s release, she has become the Regional Connector for the Incarcerated Children’s Advocacy Network (ICAN) and has developed a support group for former Arkansas juvenile lifers and their families. Laura is also the co-chair of the End Solitary Confinement campiang at in Arkansas. In addition to her management role at a large corporation, she also serves on the advisory board for NRCAT and is the co-founder of Children’s Rights Committee with Human Rights for Kids. Laura has been instrumental in the passage of two prison reform bills in Arkansas and is currently working on several more for the upcoming legislative session, after just having shared in the victory of ending solitary for pregnant ladies in the last session. Laura is happily married to her best friend and loves spending time with her children and grandchildren.

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