Nicholas Buckingham

Beyond the Bars

Nicholas Buckingham is the criminal justice reform organizer with Michigan United. After spending seven years incarcerated and catching the backlash of the the felony stigma, Nicholas decided to focus his attention on higher education and raising his voice for criminal justice reform. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, he has served as a board member with the Detroit chapter of the Nation Outside, he is an alumni of the 2017 JustleadershipUSA leading with conviction cohort, and the leading voice for the fair chance ordinance for the city of Detroit.

Presentations from Facing Race 2018

Beyond the Bars: Exploring the Lived Experiences of Incarcerated Individuals & Prison Reform Solutions

Several studies show the United States is a world leader in mass incarceration and thousands of black men find themselves trapped in the prison pipeline. This forum highlights the experiences of black men who have navigated the prison pipeline. The panelists will discuss several factors that led them to prison, their experiences during their incarceration, and the challenges they encountered post-incarceration. Additionally, the audience and panelists will participate in a collaborate session to identify solutions to mass incarceration beginning with education and policy reform. By highlighting the experiences of returning citizens as well as solutions to the prison pipeline, our goal is to work with policymakers in an effort to reform our criminal justice system.

Speakers: Charles Bell, Nicholas Buckingham