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Akua Amaning is an associate director for Criminal Justice Reform at American Progress. In her current role, she works to advance progressive policy solutions that will ensure a more equitable justice system, while providing protections and opportunities for those who have been directly affected by the criminal justice system. Prior to joining American Progress, Amaning served as the legislative fellow for U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA), where she worked on a number of legislative and policy matters under the member’s House Judiciary Committee portfolio. She also served as the Nancy Hale Social Policy Fellow at Third Way, a nonprofit think tank in Washington, D.C., where she worked in several issue areas, including immigration and policing reform.

Amaning holds a Master of Law from American University’s Washington College of Law and a J.D. from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. She is also a proud alumna of the University of Miami, where she graduated with a B.A. in English literature.

By Akua Amaning
The Facts on Marijuana Equity and DecriminalizationCenter for American ProgressApril 20, 2021
Advancing Gender Equity for Justice-Impacted Women in the Aftermath of COVID-19Center for American ProgressMarch 29, 2021
Qualified Immunity and the Bivens Doctrines ExplainedCenter for American ProgressFebruary 11, 2021
The Facts on State and Local ElectionsCenter for American ProgressOctober 29, 2020
A Call for Effective Emergency Management in Correctional Facilities During COVID-19Center for American ProgressJuly 31, 2020
Update to ‘News You Can Use: Research Roundup for Re-Entry Advocates’Center for American ProgressJune 25, 2020
Advancing Clean Slate: The Need for Automatic Record Clearance During the Coronavirus PandemicCenter for American ProgressJune 25, 2020
Clemency 101Center for American ProgressMay 1, 2020
The MORE Act: A Fair and Just Approach to Marijuana PolicyCenter for American ProgressApril 20, 2020
Mitigating the Impacts of a Criminal Record on Young Adults in the U.S.Center for American ProgressApril 15, 2020
Fact Sheet: Trump Says One Thing and Does Another on Criminal JusticeCenter for American ProgressFebruary 3, 2020