Conan Harris, the ex-con husband of Ayanna pressley: Who is Conan Harris?

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Representative for Massachusetts Ayanna PressleyShe is well-known for her outspoken support of the Democratic party. She’s also part of the “Squad,”An informal group of six progressive Congress members that includes Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Ilhan Omar. We all know about her politics but what about her personal life and relationships? Conan Harris is her husband of eight-years.

Conan Harris’ Career in Boston

Harris, like Presley has made it a career of helping others. As a senior advisor in public safety at Boston City Hall, Harris later became the executive director of My Brothers Keeper Boston. This mentoring program provides support for young people. In 2019, he resigned from his position at Boston City Hall and formed his own consulting firm, Conan Harris & Associates. 

However, there is much more to Harris’ story. Harris was previously sentenced to ten years for drug trafficking. He testified before Congress’ House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security in 2020 about the difficulties people face in reintegrating into society after being imprisoned. 

His Thoughts On Ex-Cons’ Re-entry Into Normal Life

In An interview with The AppealHarris shared his thoughts about how he was able successfully re-enter society following being released. “Re-entry, as I talked about in the hearing, starts when you’re incarcerated,”He stated. “It is so crucial and important to do the work internally while you’re inside the institution before you come out.”

“When I came home, I had to be prepared and ready for the resources that my family and other supports would be able to help me with,”Harris went on. “I think that one of the main things that was supportive was finding a safe place to sleep, rest my head, so I could collect my thoughts. All the other things that organizations can offer, like identification cards, are important, but it all starts with where you lay your head at night.”

Pressley, whose father was also in prison, intervened, saying: “What Conan has helped me to realize is how many impacted persons there are when one person is incarcerated. I had my own lens and viewpoint as a child who was resentful and ashamed and living with very real societal and self-imposed shame and stigmatization because of my father’s incarceration. But I didn’t have the context to appreciate the things that I have appreciated through hearing Conan’s story.” 

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