About Justice Voices

Justice Voices is a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organization producing a podcast program — Justice Voices — featuring eye-opening stories and commentary about crime, criminal justice, healing, and public safety.
Episodes are available in audio form on popular podcast platforms and in video form on YouTube at https://YouTube.com/@justicevoices
To provide answers to questions raised by stories shared in its podcast, Justice Voices also features a companion project — Justice Visions — to give voice to experts regarding superior, most cost-effective solutions to crime problems and achieving “three-dimensional justice” for the three primary groups of justice stakeholders: (1) victims (first and foremost); (2) the public; and (3) those who commit criminal acts.

More about the synergies of Justice Voices and Justice visions is available in the “Justice Voices Strategic Plan – 2023” blog piece.
Justice Voices’ founder and host, David Risley, is a former career federal prosecutor and former Director of Public Safety Policy in the Illinois Governor’s office. (For more information, see his personal website.)
For many episodes, Mr. Risley is joined by co-host Lynard Joiner.

The two originally met on opposite sides of the law on opposite sides of a federal courtroom, with Mr. Risley as prosecutor and Mr. Joiner as defendant. Now, they are good friends and collaborators on this and other projects.

After serving 17 years in prison, Mr. Joiner founded and is CEO of Shifting Into New Gear (SING), a nonprofit organization through which he provides mentoring and resource navigation services to citizens returning to Springfield, Illinois after release from prison. He is also author of the book, LJ’s Cocoon: Going to Prison Saved My Life.