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Voices from Iowa: I changed. So can the criminal justice system.

Fusion’s #DearNextPresident team is bringing you messages from young, diverse Iowans all this week, ahead of next week’s Brown & Black Presidential Forum. Watch the video above to find out how prison is contributing to poverty among African-Americans who never even served time and learn why one former felon believes it’s possible to change the system.

Join us live on Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. ET as Fusion hosts the 2016 Brown & Black Democratic Presidential Forum from Drake University in Des Moines. The forum will focus on where the candidates stand on issues that matter most to America’s growing multicultural population. Tune in to Fusion’s cable network, or watch the livestream on Fusion.net, Facebook, and YouTube. And download the Fusion app and join the conversation during the forum. Available on iOS and Android.

You can add your voice to our #DearNextPresident project, too. Fusion is asking young people around the country to talk about their most pressing issues this election season using the phrase “Dear next president … ” You can learn more about the project, hear more voices from the campaign, and learn how to contribute your own video to #DearNextPresident.

Voices from Iowa: I changed. So can the criminal justice system.

Fusion’s #DearNextPresident team is bringing you messages from young, diverse Iowans all this week, ahead of next week’s Brown & Black Presidential Forum. Watch the video above to find out how prison is contributing to poverty among African-Americans who never even served time and learn why one former felon believes it’s possible to change the system.

Join us live on Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. ET as Fusion hosts the 2016 Brown & Black Democratic Presidential Forum from Drake University in Des Moines. The forum will focus on where the candidates stand on issues that matter most to America’s growing multicultural population. Tune in to Fusion’s cable network, or watch the livestream on Fusion.net, Facebook, and YouTube. And download the Fusion app and join the conversation during the forum. Available on iOS and Android.

You can add your voice to our #DearNextPresident project, too. Fusion is asking young people around the country to talk about their most pressing issues this election season using the phrase “Dear next president … ” You can learn more about the project, hear more voices from the campaign, and learn how to contribute your own video to #DearNextPresident.

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