Center on Sentencing and Corrections

Melvin H. Wilson

Melvin H. Wilson

Mr. Wilson has been employed by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for more than 10 years. Currently, he is the manager of the NASW Department of Social Justice and Human Rights. He has also had a leadership role in the organization’s workforce development and affirmative action programs. Over the last 15 years, Mr. Wilson has worked with coalitions, government agencies, and legislators on numerous criminal and juvenile justice issues, including solitary confinement, racial profiling, immigration, voters’ rights, and health disparities, among others.

Mr. Wilson is currently an active member of the Justice Roundtable, a coalition of over 50 diverse national organizations that work together to advocate for improvements in the nation’s criminal and juvenile justice systems. He is a member of a number of workgroups, including reentry, collateral consequences, sentencing reform, juvenile justice, and prison reform. He has also been a member of the Social Work Solitary Confinement Task Force. Mr. Wilson has authored many of NASW’s social justice briefs and blogs on a variety of topics, including criminal justice social work and the social work perspective on solitary confinement.

Mr. Wilson previously served as the regional substance abuse administrator for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program, where he was assigned to Maryland’s chief of the Department of Parole and Probation. He has an MSW and an MBA.