DeAnna Hoskins is President of JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA). Dedicated to cutting the US correctional population in #halfby2030, JLUSA empowers people most affected by incarceration to drive policy reform. A nationally recognized leader and dynamic public speaker, Ms. Hoskins has been committed to the movement for justice, working alongside people impacted by incarceration for nearly two decades. She was formerly the Senior Policy Advisor over Corrections and Reentry with the Department of Justice. In this capacity, she represented DOJ’s strategies and priorities and oversaw the Second Chance Act portfolio of grants, The National Reentry Resource Center and Residential Substance Abuse Treatment programs.
Ms. Hoskins was designated as the Interim Deputy Director of the Federal Reentry Interagency Council by Attorney General Loretta Lynch. The Federal Interagency Reentry Council is comprised of more than 20 federal agencies, that coordinates and leverages existing federal resources that are targeted to reentry; uses the bully pulpit to dispel myths, clarify policies and provide visibility to programs and policies that work; all while reducing the policy barriers to successful reentry.
She is originally from Cincinnati, holds a masters’ degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati, Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor, and certified as an Offender Workforce Development Specialist, and a JLUSA 2016 graduate. She has experienced the reentry system from all perspectives as she is herself a previously incarcerated individual who has successfully transitioned back into the community, ultimately receiving a pardon from Governor Ted Strickland.