Jacki Phelps amplifies the voices of incarcerated men and women. She uses her experience, which includes nearly two decades of public school teaching, to look beyond simply the surface of a criminal complaint and see real people— with histories of trauma, error and healing. Jacki passionately believes that every person can grow and learn, and that one’s past does not define his or her future.
A graduate of The University of Oklahoma School of Law, Jacki worked as research and writing counsel to the Federal Public Defenders Office of the Western District of Oklahoma, focusing on post-conviction drug sentencing relief. She is a zealous advocate for the men and women who have suffered too long under socially, racially, and economically disparate federal drug sentencing schemes which rip already suffering families apart, with little hope of reunification. A relentless legal researcher and writer, Jacki is a rising star in the post-conviction federal drug policy ecosystem. When it comes to high-impact legal research, Jacki is unmatched.