Expertise: Criminal justice, mass incarceration, prison ministry, theology, urban policy, social capital and re-entry
Fernando Linhares' distinguished legal career spans over 20 years. A former municipal judge, prosecutor, and Wall Street associate, Linhares has been a college lecturer for over a decade. He is involved in various forms of prison ministry, exploring interfaith restorative justice practices as well as transformative justice approaches as a supplement to criminal justice systems. In 2014, he was a Summer Scholar at the preeminent Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, completed the Inside Out Prison Exchange program at Temple University, and has been a certified Kairos Prison Ministry leader for years. His work emphasizes that correctional facilities are not ancillary, isolated, and segregated communities but are central to society. He is an ABD student at Drew University and has shared his work at over twenty conferences in over a dozen nations, including leading cross-cultural courses to El Salvador in 2014, Native American communities in 2015 and to Ecuador in 2016.