Clarence Okoh is a civil rights attorney and racial justice advocate whose work addresses the impact of mass criminalization and systemic divestment in Black communities, with a particular focus on Black youth and young adults. Okoh is an Equal Justice Works Legal Fellow at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and will be Senior Policy Counsel for Justice at the Center for Law and Social Policy in Fall of 2022. An Alabama native, Okoh began his career leading direct service initiatives to support families with low-incomes and Black communities in his home state.
Okoh is a member of the inaugural (2022 – 2024) cohort of the Just Tech Fellowship. As a Just Tech Fellow, Okoh will explore the role of carceral technologies in driving school pushout for Black and brown youth; the relationship between carceral technologies and youth poverty; and the role of carceral technologies in systemic rights violations impacting youth of color in the United States. Using a mixture of legal tools and qualitative research methods, Okoh will foreground the expertise of impacted youth to build abolitionist visions that can repair the harms that flow from the proliferation of carceral technologies in communities of color.