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TEDxDirigo: RISE State Theatre, Portland, Maine

Christopher Poulos Legal Fellow, The Sentencing Project

  • 2015

Christopher Poulos is an emerging leader in criminal justice policy reform both locally and nationally. Born and raised in Portland, Maine, he is spending the summer in Washington D.C., as the Legal Fellow at The Sentencing Project. Poulos also chairs the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Program Subcommittee for Portland Mayor Michael Brennan’s Substance Abuse Task Force, and serves as President of the American Constitution Society at the University of Maine School of Law, where he is completing his final year. Prior to law school, Poulos overcame many obstacles, including tragic family losses, addiction, homelessness, and a federal incarceration. He now dedicates his life to helping others overcome or avoid similar challenges and supports a public health-based approach to addiction. His work promotes equal access to the law and seeks to end mass incarceration and the collateral consequences now facing the tens of millions of people with criminal convictions.