Anthony Jones is a Community Educator at Illinois Prison project. Anthony is an educator, criminal justice reform advocate, and paralegal. At the age of 20, Jones was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. While in prison Jones transformed his life, dedicating his time to pursuing higher education and his spiritual resurrection. This journey ultimately led him to a world he never knew before. Jones would eventually embrace another name becoming Anaviel Ben Rakemeyahu, growing to become a respected leader amongst his incarcerated peers. He he also earned his paralegal certification, two college degrees, and became certified by the Illinois Department of Health as a peer health educator and a peer mentor.
Jones helped many incarcerated citizens file successful petitions with the Illinois courts. In April 2020, Jones filed his own pro-se executive clemency petition to Governor JB Pritzker resulting in his release on July 28, 2021 after almost serving 30 years in prison. Jones continues to focus on education, which he refers to as "dedication" and helping others, believing that at the age of 50 is when we must focus on "intensified learning".
The Chicago Transformation Collab brought Chicagoans together who are on the frontlines in the fight for justice.