Johnny Perez is the Director of U.S. Prison Programs for the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, a membership organization committed to ending U.S.-sponsored torture, and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment. He adds value, insight, and leadership to existing campaign efforts working to end the torture of solitary confinement, while building the capacity of faith leaders and directly impacted communities to engage in education and advocacy in the United States.
Drawing on the wisdom of thirteen years of direct involvement with the criminal justice system, Johnny also works to change unjust policies and practices in the criminal justice system through his participation as a member of the NYC Bar Association’s Correction and Reentry Committee and as member of the NY Advisory Committee to The US Civil Rights Commission. Johnny is also on the board of directors of both Space on Ryder Farm and the Juvenile Law Center.
A sought-after speaker, Johnny has been invited to share his thoughts on criminal justice reform at law schools and institutions of higher learning across the U.S., including various state, regional, and national conferences on topics including the perpetual consequences of justice involvement, access to higher education, and solitary confinement. Johnny’s commentary has been published by The New York Times, The Fordham Law Journal, Ebony Magazine, USA Today, and the Daily News
Johnny’s recent collaboration with the ACLU’s Smart Justice Campaign, a short film on the challenges of reentry, was accepted to this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Johnny has made appearances on Now This, Capital Tonight, and recently the TV special Rikers: What’s Next, a conversation with acclaimed journalist Bill Moyers about a future NYC without the Rikers Island jail. Johnny is also a father to a teenage-adult girl and a novice violinist. You can connect with Johnny via LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @mrjohnnyperez.