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Ken Oliver

Board Member
Executive Director, Checkr Foundation


While serving 23 years of a life sentence for joyriding, Ken was an active leader and organizer in the fight for prisoners’ civil rights. As a result of his activism, the Department of Corrections placed Ken in solitary confinement for more than 8 years. While there, Ken taught himself constitutional law and successfully filed a suit against the CDCR for violating his civil rights. Ken’s litigation efforts directly led to his eventual release from prison.

In September 2019, Ken joined the staff of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children as a paralegal and community organizer. He has now dedicated his life to serving others in the fight against injustice and mass incarceration policies.

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