About Glenn Rodriguez

Glenn Rodriguez, Program Director at the Horizon Juvenile Center, is an innovative leader and advocate for criminal justice reform and a broad array of social justice issues whose inspiring story of redemption and fight for freedom have captured mainstream media attention and facilitated debate on responsible and ethical use of technology in the correctional system.

Over the past three years, Glenn has held several positions at the Center for Community Alternatives, Inc. (CCA), a not-for-profit organization that promotes reintegrative justice and a reduced reliance on incarceration through advocacy, services, and public policy development in pursuit of civil and human rights.

Glenn began his professional career as a Case Manager working with justice-involved youth who were court-mandated to participate in CCA’s Youth Advocacy Project, an alternative to incarceration program. In his role as case manager, Glenn was instrumental in helping court-involved teens navigate the complexities of their day-to-day lives. Glenn conducted intake interviews, psychosocial evaluations, needs assessments, and weekly individual counseling sessions necessary to develop client-centered treatment plans and make referrals to community-based resources. Glenn quickly emerged as a leader in his department.

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Media Stories on Glenn

Documentary Film:
Algorithms Rule Us All

Podcast Interview:  
Sleepwalkers - The Watchmen

ABC News Report: 
Puppies Behind Bars

Interviews, Articles, Public Speaking

Code of Silence: How private companies hide flaws in the software that governments use to decide who goes to prison and who gets out. (Washington Monthly) Read More

When a Computer Program Keeps You in Jail (New York Times) Read More

College Classes In Maximum Security: 'It Gives You Meaning' (NPR) Read More

US prisoners seize opportunity to receive education through Bard Prison Initiative (Sydney Morning Herald) Read More
Presentation: 2019 National Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (Atlanta, GA.) [watch presentation]

NYC School of Data Parole Denied: One Man's Fight Against COMPAS and Algorithmic Decision Making Facilitated by Legal Aid Society (co-presented with Cynthia Conti-Cook, Data & Society fellow 2018-2019, Staff Attorney at the Special Litigation Unit of The Legal Aid Society (NYC) [more info]
The Coming of the Super-Predators: Race, Policing, and Resistance to the Criminalization of Youth Glenn co-authored this chapter with Marsha Weissman, Ph.D., Social Science, Adjunct Professor, Sociology, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University, and Evan Weissman, Ph.D., Geography, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition, Syracuse University. The chapter will be published in New Thinking in Community Corrections: Community-Based Responses to Justice-Involved Young Adults, later this year. More to be posted shortly.

Book Glenn Rodriguez to Speak

An inspiring story. Compelling insights. Actionable information to drive positive change.

Glenn speaks on a range of topics related to the impact of emerging technologies in the criminal justice system including technologies being used inside of prisons and technologies being used to manage parolees.

He is particularly passionate about giving technology developers, legislators and companies first-hand insights into how biased algorithms impact vulnerable members of society and what they can do to avoid potentially devasting and costly liability from implementing predictive technologies using biased data.

Glenn is the only formerly incarcerated person in the county who was erroneously denied his freedom by predictive technologies. His experience and struggle fighting for his freedom after challenging both the algorithm that said he was "unfit for society" and the corrections system that initially defended the technology, offers audiences a unique and personal view of this societal problem.

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