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Mujahid Farid

Correctional Association of New York
Lead Organizer, RAPP Campaign
New York, NY, USA

Mujahid Farid

Mujahid Farid is a person who spent many of his formative years in youth and adult penal institutions in New York State. During his last incursion into state prison he served thirty-three (33) years before he was released in 2011. These experiences caused Farid to become passionate about working on dismantling the system of mass incarceration and addressing its racial underpinnings.

While serving time, Farid earned four (4) college degrees including an Associate’s Degree in Business from Regents New York; a B.A. Degree in Arts & Sciences from Syracuse University; a Master’s Degree in Sociology from SUNY New Paltz; and a Master’sDegree in Ministry from New York Theological Seminary. During his time confined Farid was a “jailhouse lawyer” and avid litigator, with many of his reported cases effecting major changes in conditions of confinement.

Farid was part of a trio that created and proposed the first HIV/AIDS peer education program in New York State prisons (PEPA), which later developed into the widely acclaimed, state-wide program called PACE (Prisoners AIDS Counseling & Education). He also participated in the creation of a college certificate program sponsored by New York Theological Seminary, and he taught accredited introduction to sociology courses for persons confined training for Alcohol & Substance Abuse Training (ASAT) counseling certification.

Since his release in 2011 Farid has initiated two programs designed to have a substantial impact on providing relief for those confined in New York State prisons, as well as those being released: The RAPP(Release Aging People in Prison) campaign and the Rise & Shine Small Business Coalition. Farid has also received a SOROS Justice Fellowship for organizing and leading the RAPP Campaign, along with a joint NYS legislative commendation for doing so.

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