The Truth

Welding Provided a Way Out!

Ellis Curry was on his job site for MD Moody welding a unit. His supervisor approached him with an edition of the Florida Times-Union in hand. "Is this you?" he asked referring to the younger version of Ellis on the front page of the paper? Ellis stopped what he was...

Vocational Training Creates Options

Over the past 2 weeks, we've been exploring ways to reduce recidivism. I've been concentrating on the various methods of education and their outcomes as a way to show intentional investment in education will produce options for returning citizens while simultaneously...

Educational Effects on Recidivism I

In my last blog, Exploring Ways to Reduce Recidivism I discussed various methods that have been successful in reducing recidivism. I think the reduction of re-offense is too important a topic to discuss in one blog, therefore, I decided to dig deeper into the positive...

Exploring Ways to Lower Recidivism

While I was out with a team of Floridians gathering signatures in support of the Voter Restoration Amendment I encountered many individuals on both sides of the issue with one particular conversation standing out. The voter admittedly didn't know much about the issue....

David Branch Found Freedom In His Passion

The question many individuals, business owners, policymakers, and law enforcement personnel think about is, at what point if any does an individual previously involved in the justice system change their life. The answer to this question has the ability to shape...

We Shall Overcome Together

During the ongoing Hurricane Irma recovery efforts, the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) worked with other organizations, churches, and individuals on the ground to feed and service over 30,000 people. Why? Simply put because Floridians were in need. After...


Devin D. Coleman

Devin Coleman

Devin D. Coleman is an author, poet, and public speaker whose work embodies the art of turning tragedy into triumph. Born and raised in Jacksonville, FL, Devin’s life took an unexpected turn while he was a student at Florida A&M University. An act of poor judgment landed him in prison his senior year causing him to squander what he worked so hard to accomplish. It was during this time that Devin chose to redirect his life through harnessing his talent for writing. He subsequently published his first volume of poetry titled Prisoner to Poet:  Thoughts of an Incarcerated Soul. Upon his release, Devin went on to complete his education at Edward Waters College in 2008.  He graduated with a 3.7 GPA in Organizational Management.

He serves his community in various ways by utilizing his skills and passion for civic engagement.  Devin is a former Executive Board Member of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC), a Volunteer Board Member for the Duval Regional Juvenile Detention Center Advisory Council serving in the role of Secretary, serves on the Client Advisory Board (CAB) of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Member of the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Team as a part of Responsible Fatherhood -An Initiative of the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition, Chairman of the Fatherhood Initiative Task Force in Jacksonville, FL, and a 2017 Criminal Justice Reform Lobby Day Ambassador.

He has also served as contributing poet for Promoting Purpose Magazine as well as a blogger for Urban Image Magazine.  In 2017, he launched his second blog Heart and Soul of a Single Dad in order to highlight and encourage the building of relationships between father’s and their children.  Devin’s mission is to encourage and enlighten youth to prevent them from making similar mistakes he once did.  This passion has created opportunities for Devin to speak at various events such as the Magnolia Leadership Academy Graduation, JA Boy$ (Junior Achievement Florida) program, Hooping 4 Hope’s 2nd Annual event, Better Justice Florida Forum, just to name a few.  He is currently working on several workshops with the intent of adding a visual context to his speaking engagements.  Also, fall 2017 will be the tentative release of his sophomore publication tentatively titled Prisoner to Poet:  Poetry and Prose.  For more information visit

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