Gale Muhammad is known regionally as a mature, passionate, compassionate activist who helps the incarcerated and their families. Many problems arise between the incarcerated and their loved ones, and Gale counsels them all. For over 15 years, she has worked tirelessly advocating and effectively lobbying for change in the criminal justice system. She is frequently called upon to give testimony on particular issues and legislation by State and National organizations, committees of the New Jersey Legislature, the New Jersey Department of Corrections and the New Jersey State Parole to name just a few.
Once married to a man who died in prison, Gale has countless years of experience working with both grass roots and grass top organizations throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Among her areas of expertise are sentencing reform, prison health care, treatment of prisoners, parole issues, family reunification, housing and support for families. Her heart lies in giving voice to the voiceless and working with staff to improve prison conditions. She brings a unique perspective that combines the personal and the professional. A licensed Real Estate Agent with Century 21, she once worked for many years in the casino industry.
Among her list of achievements are:
Gale Muhammad’s vision of what’s necessary to prevent the high rate of recidivism with those coming out of prison include workshops for families, “Soothing & Nurturing the Spirits of Families” and with Judith Trustone, Director of SageWriters.org “Re-Entry Healing Through Writing Circles” to both document the issues around re-entry and also to give human faces to those in the struggle. In addition, she is working closely with Rev. Joseph Robinson of the Paterson-based Pilgrimage Outreach to develop prevention programs as well as expanded services, especially housing, for those coming home from prison and their families.
Human Rights, Social Justice Issues, Human Rights Watch