When you do something the way you’ve always done it but expect a different result, that’s the definition of insanity. Maxine Bryant applies this definition to the way we treat people who have criminal histories. Rather than doing what we’ve always done, she challenges us to educate ourselves and to think and act differently in terms of how we treat formerly incarcerated persons.

Maxine Bryant serves as the director of both the Center for Africana Studies and the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Center at Georgia Southern University. She is also an assistant professor in Georgia Southern University’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. With more than 30 years of experience helping prisoners successfully reintegrate into society, she is a sought-after resource for community organizations, city government, family members of justice-impacted persons and justice-impacted individuals.