OUR STORY

About Rehabilitation Enables Dreams

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OUR FOUNDER

RED Founder David Lee Windecher is a trailblazing orator, author and lawyer in the growing movement to end mass incarceration and redress racial inequity in American Jurisprudence. In his autobiography, The AmerIcan Dream – HisStory In The Making, David shares the harsh realities of growing up as an impoverished immigrant on the streets of Miami-Dade County. He was arrested 13 times and spent over 7 months incarcerated as a juvenile. He dropped out of high school and joined a gang for protection. His street name was Red. David endured the brutal climate of the lawlessness on the streets, by both criminals and the police. Simultaneously, he dreamed of becoming a lawyer and fighting for those who don’t have the resources to pay for justice. Learn more about David here.

THE TEAM

RED is a growing group of progressive thinkers and compassionate human beings dedicated to reversing the pervasive and damaging effects the criminal justice system has had on the people, specifically the African Americans and Hispanic citizens of our country. From our board of directors and advisors, to our mentors, volunteers and writers, we are united in our diversity. Our collective mission is to positively contribute to the criminal justice reform movement by standing guard on the front lines of the battle, nurturing the leadership potential in the youths that cross the courts’ path, holding the legal community accountable for adverse conduct against these individuals and raising awareness of the historical issues in American jurisprudence and the current solutions that are being implemented around our nation. RED leaders are continuing to form alliances with contemporary community and government leaders who are working collectively toward creating a sustainable landscape of equal opportunity for all Americans.

Alvaro A. Arauz
Alvaro A. ArauzChairman of the Board
Brad Griffin
Brad GriffinPresident
John Hambrick
John HambrickMentor Program Director
Zeus Luby
Zeus LubyMentor Program Director
Skip Blankley
Skip BlankleyMarketing Director
Karen Jones
Karen JonesPublic Relations Director
Karsten Mock
Karsten MockGrant Initiatives Director
Manny Arora
Manny AroraCurriculum Director
Wofai Offem
Wofai OffemTreasurer
Allie Wagner
Allie WagnerSecretary

THE ORIGINS OF RED

“In the bible, whenever Jesus speaks, his words are in RED.”

– David Lee Windecher – RED Founder.

During the process of becoming a lawyer and defending his character in the face of his criminal history, RED founder David Lee Windecher observed the racial thrust to criminal justice. He recognized that the color of his skin contributed to his ability to acclimate back into society and that African Americans and Hispanics in America are not treated with the same redemptive value within the legal system. This realization created guilt, which fueled David’s vision for RED.

In 2011, while attending law school, David became aware that criminal justice reform was becoming a conversation among contemporary government leaders. Governor Nathan Deal’s formation of the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform piqued his attention. He began examining the findings and initiatives of this bipartisan, inter-branch council to redress the devastating financial burden of mass incarceration and the systemic racial disparity. The council’s mandates are to address the growth of the state’s prison population, contain corrections costs, and increase efficiencies and effectiveness that result in better department of corrections management, improve public safety by reinvesting a portion of the savings into strategies that reduce crime and recidivism, and to create accountability within the criminal justice system by strengthening community-based supervision, sanctions, and services.

David’s youthful experiences combined with his legal externship for the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office in Georgia gave him frontline exposure to the mishandling of nonviolent adolescents in the criminal justice system. He easily identified the focus on incarceration over rehabilitation as one of the root causes of recidivism and mass incarceration. At the same time, a body of compelling evidence was growing supporting restorative justice programs for non-violent offenses as a means of reducing racial disparity in law, crime and recidivism, while increasing public safety and alleviating the economic tax burden of incarceration. The blueprint for RED was born.

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