Ronald D. Simpson-Bey


Ronald D. Simpson-Bey is a Program Associate for the Criminal Justice Program at American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He heads up their restorative justice co- mentorship program, The Good Neighbor Project, designed to shift public discourse on punishment in Michigan. He also works as a Research Assistant at the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work.

Ronald is part of the newly formed Collaborative to End Mass Incarceration in Michigan as well as a steering team member of the now-forming Returning Citizens Coalition. Ronald is a co-founder and advisory board member of the Chance For Life (CFL) organization in Detroit, Michigan. Ronald comes to this work from many dimensions. He served 27 years in the prison system as an engaged, thoughtful, and creative leader, founding many enrichment programs rooted in transformation, redemption, and self-accountability. Ronald regularly shares his work and his fascinating experiences with legislators, schools, and any interested parties. parties. Ronald was a jailhouse lawyer who got himself out of prison. He attended Eastern Michigan University, Mott Community College, and Jackson Community College. He has worked as a staff paralegal at Prison Legal Services of Michigan.