Teresa Y. Hodge
The urgent need for accurate and transparent criminal background check data in the era of artificial intelligence
Teresa Hodge is the Co-Founder and CEO of R3 Score Technologies, Inc. and is committed to reducing the harm prison causes to individuals and their families. After completing a seventy-month federal prison sentence, she co-founded Mission: Launch, Inc. with her daughter Laurin Leonard (Hodge). She is a 2018- 2020 Echoing Green Fellow and 2017–2018 Unlocked Futures inaugural cohort member for the tech intervention R3 Score. She was named a 2015–2016 Open Society Soros Justice Advocacy Fellow. Her innovative approach to criminal justice advocacy has led to national recognition. She presented twice at SXSW (2016 and 2017) and is a 2017 Dewey Winburne SXSW Community Service Award recipient. As well as a 2015-2016 alumna of JustleadershipUSA's Leading with Convictions inaugural cohort.
Teresa's TEDx Talk, "We've Made Coming Home Too Hard," highlights the impact of personal bias and social stigma on formerly incarcerated people and points to why recidivism rates are so high in America.
More about Teresa:
- Fast Company - Why John Legend is Backing Startups Launched by these Former Inmates
- USA Today - Change Hiring Practices to Ensure Ex Felons Aren't Automatically Eliminated from the Running
- Washington Post - Getting Formerly Incarcerated People Back into the Workforce Helps Everyone