Janetta Louise Johnson, Sonya Shah, & Malachi Scott
Janetta Louise Johnson
Janetta Louise Johnson is an Afro-American Transsexual from Tampa, Florida. She moved to San Francisco in 1997, where she has worked in various capacities at non-profits and social service agencies. She recently survived 3 years in federal prison and is committed to developing strategies and interventions to reduce the recidivism rate of the transgender community. Janetta’s involvement with TGI Justice dates back to 2006. She served as Interim Organizing Director in November/December ‘08, planned vibrant grassroots fundraisers, and later put her skills as a community organizer, trainer, and activist to use inside as she fiercely and tirelessly advocated for her rights as a transgender person in jail and prison.
Sonya Shah is the Justice Program Director at Insight Prison Project and responsible for the oversight of the Victim Offender Education Group (VOEG) program statewide and nationally. She serves on the leadership team for Californians for Safety and Justice. Sonya has served on the advisory board for Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth and the board of trustees for the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), where she is an Associate Professor. Sonya is actively immersed in seeding restorative justice practices locally and nationally and ending the charity based model of working in communities Sonya has been teaching social justice education for 20 years. In all group facilitation, Sonya creates learning environments that: reflect values of equity; nurture the unique perspective of each participant; build collective and community-based knowledge; challenge oppressive assumptions and structures; and expose students to new ways of thinking through contact with new knowledge, belief systems, theories and practices. Sonya was awarded the prestigious Fulbright fellowship and Jacob Javitz fellowship.
Gary “Malachi” Scott
Gary “Malachi” Scott paroled after 15 years of incarceration for second-degree murder. He was tried as an adult at the age of 15 and sentenced to 15 years to life. While incarcerated he was involved with Restorative Justice in various capacities, from participation, trainings, stewardship, and co-founded San Quentin Kid C.A.T. (Creating Awareness Together) who’s curriculum is driven by restorative practices. He was the Sports Editor for the San Quentin Newspaper and published a New York Times article titled, “Prison is to Violent for Young Offenders.” “Malachi” currently does youth outreach for west side clinic and also leads healing circles and peace and justice community walks in North Oakland.