I became a Justice Advisor because at one point I was in the hands of the juvenile justice system: I know first-hand what could be done better, and I believe my knowledge can help change the system for future generations.
My role as a Justice Advisor is to be part of positive changes that can improve how young people live today.
Romelo “Melo” Goss
My own first-hand experience with the system motivates me to make my voice heard, especially by the people in charge of what juvenile justice should look like.
Outside of my work as a Justice Advisor, I train as a boxer. I plan to go pro this year.
As a Justice Advisor I want to promote progressive juvenile justice reforms that prioritize rehabilitation over punishment. Negative reinforcement further traumatizes inmates, increasing the likelihood of recidivism.
I am an administrative intern at Bridgeport Gen Now; and Executive Director of Bridgeport Student Voice, a youth-led organization providing a support network to local students.
I’ve had a lot of friends and family go through the system when they were young, only to have that charge follow them through life. Mistakes they made as kids prevent them from changing their path for the better.
As a Justice Advisor, I am learning more about juvenile justice so I can help other POC rise from the system instead of continuing to fall.
As youth, we tend to underestimate our own worth and the value we can bring to juvenile justice policy. The Justice Advisors program reminds those who have been in the system that they still have a chance.
My goal is to raise community awareness around youth incarceration and to promote reforms that improve the experiences of youth in prison.