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David L. Garlock    

Criminal Justice Reformer, Writer, Actor & Preacher

David Garlock is a successful returning citizen, reentry professional, and criminal justice reform advocate. David and his brother received 25-year sentences in Alabama after taking the life of their abuser. A client of Equal Justice Initiative, he was released on parole in 2013 after serving more than 13 years and pursuing several educational opportunities while incarcerated. He subsequently obtained his bachelor's degree from Eastern University and was the Lancaster Program Director for New Person Ministries, a reentry program for men who have committed sex offenses and other returning citizens. He is also a board member for the Lancaster County Reentry Coalition, a member of the Pennsylvania Reentry Council, a statewide coalition of county reentry organizations, a Board Member of NARSOL and on the Advisory Board of Eastern University's Prison Education Program. He also had a role in the movie Just Mercy. David enjoys educating the next generation of criminal justice professionals on rehabilitation and advocating in various spheres for an effective and equitable justice system. He is a frequent speaker at colleges and universities, criminal and social justice conferences, and community events. David resides in Coatesville, PA with his wife, where they enjoy serving with their local church.


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