Introducing Keynote Speaker: Ian Manuel

Ian Manuel—survivor of excessive child punishment, author, and criminal justice reform advocate—to keynote at the 2021 Clio Cloud Conference.

Advocating for change: a criminal justice system reimagined

At 13 years old, Ian Manuel was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He spent 18 consecutive years of a 26-year sentence in isolation. No one expected him to lead the fight to end juvenile solitary confinement. 

As a fierce advocate for criminal justice reform and for a heavier emphasis on rehabilitation over retribution, Ian will share: 

  • The harrowing injustices of solitary confinement, especially for children
  •  The disproportionate impact of the criminal justice system on young people of color
  • The need for added support for those reintegrating into society post-incarceration

Ian’s story will serve as a powerful reminder that we have the power—with our choices, our actions, and our words—to incite change.

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Learn more about Ian’s story

After his release from prison in 2016, Ian began writing his memoir, My Time Will Come, which was published earlier this year. His memoir tells the story of his upbringing as a poor Black kid from Florida, the crime that changed the trajectory of his life, and his quest for redemption.

The will of the human spirit is incomparable.

Ian Manuel