Michael Romano is the director and founder of the Three Strikes and Justice Advocacy Projects at Stanford Law School. He teaches criminal justice policy and advanced criminal litigation practice and has published several scholarly and popular press articles on criminal law, sentencing policy, prisoner reentry and recidivism, and mental illness in the justice system. As counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Michael co-authored successful statewide ballot measures in California, the Three Strikes Reform Act of 2012 (“Proposition 36”) and Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act of 2014 (“Proposition 47”), which together resulted in reduced sentences for over 10,000 inmates convicted of nonviolent, including over 2,200 prisoners sentenced to life for minor offenses under the state’s “Three Strikes” recidivist sentencing law. Michael also founded the Ride Home prisoner reentry program, which has assisted formerly incarcerated inmates in 38 states and in 2015 partnered with Obama administration in support of the president’s executive clemency initiative. The work received numerous honors, including recognition by the White House as a “Champion of Change” in 2016. Michael has been named one of California’s top lawyers and his work has been profiled in numerous news outlets, including The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Economist, and the award-winning PBS feature documentary The Return. Michael graduated with honors from Stanford Law School and was a John Knight Fellow at Yale Law School. He clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.