BIO

LashoniaLashonia Thompson-El is an experienced Consultant with subject matter expertise in the following areas of Criminal Justice:

  • Gender Responsiveness
  • Restorative Justice
  • Family Reunification

Clients include: The Urban Institute, (CFLS) Child and Family Life Services and (MCI-W) Maryland Correctional Institute for Women) in Jessup, MD.

Lashonia is a renowned speaker and writer. She has worked alongside the CJCC (Criminal Justice Coordinating Council) and CSOSA (Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency).

Lashonia has worked for the DC Corrections Information Council inspecting prisons where DC residents are incarcerated. She was responsible for monitoring conditions of confinement. She has also worked with (MORCA) The Mayor's Office on Returning Citizen Affairs coordinating female reentry services.

Lashonia currently works with the DC Office of Attorney General where she serves as a Restorative Justice Facilitator. She is the Executive Director of The W.I.R.E. – Women Involved in Reentry Efforts - www.thewiredc.org - and a member of The National Council of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls (NCIFIWG). She is a 2017 Just Leadership Fellow and a Graduate student at Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC. She is pursuing her degree in Organizational Development. Lashonia holds her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Relations. She is the mother of two adult children and the proud wife of Sean Thompson-El.

Lashonia is the subject of a short documentary film entitled Time Zone. The film chronicles the first two years of her reentry process. She is also featured in the film Returning Citizens created by Saffron Cassady slated to release on ITunes in July of 2016.

A piece Lashonia co-authored entitled Fighting for Face Time was published by the Vera Institute. It's about the challenges of maintaining family and community ties while incarcerated. Lashonia is also the author of countless blogs that can be seen here http://www.jailexchange.com/life_after_prison/.

In June of 2013 Lashonia launched a non-profit organization known as The W.I.R.E. (Women Involved in Reentry Efforts). The W.I.R.E. is a network of previously incarcerated women who have joined together to provide social support to women currently incarcerated and women returning from incarceration. Through the W.I.R.E. Lashonia is committed to working to help reduce mass incarceration in half by 2030. Click here to read her Just Leadership Profile.