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Alexander McLean

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Alexander McLean is Founder and Director of African Prisons Project. After witnessing degrading conditions during his gap year travels to East Africa, Alexander dedicated his life to the welfare of prisoners and reform of the justice system in Africa and beyond. He is passionate about justice, having trained as a barrister and sat as magistrate in the UK courts for 10 years. Alexander is a Senior TED Fellow, Ashoka Fellow and UK Young Philanthropist of the Year. He appears in Time magazine’s “30 Under 30 Changing the World” and “Powerlist,” featuring Britain's most influential people of African/African Caribbean heritage.

African Prisons Project is committed to developing the next generation of leaders who have spent time in prison and will go on to change their nations and the world. Working with Prison Services and governments, African Prisons Project provides education, training and services that enable the most marginalized to access justice. They are training 60 law students in prisons within Uganda and Kenya and in the last two years, their students have helped more than 2,000 people secure their release from prison and have overturned numerous death sentences.

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