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Much of Sierra Leone’s (she/her) background is rooted in working within corrections. She was first introduced to the work while attending Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. There, she was a part of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, an education program that brought together campus-based and incarcerated students tailored to facilitate dialogue between the two groups. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2018, Sierra Leone went on to obtain a master’s degree in criminal justice at Bowling Green State University in 2019. Immediately upon completion, she worked as a substance abuse counselor at two Massachusetts correctional facilities, MCI-Concord and Northeastern Correctional Center, where she led group and individual therapy sessions. Most recently, Sierra Leone worked as a Program Coordinator for My Life My Choice, a non-profit in Boston that helps fight the sexual exploitation and trafficking of youth within the United States.

Sierra Leone is passionate about criminal justice and prison reform, mental health advocacy, and womanism.