Karma Koala Podcast Episode 143: Stephanie Shepard Director of Advocacy – Last Prisoner Project. Where Are We Now… Five Years Since The Inception of The Last Prisoner Project

It has been five years since the launch of the Last Prisoner Project, an organisation that aims to free all jailed in the USA for non-violent cannabis offences.

I speak with advocacy director Stephanie Shepard and ask where are we now?

What progress, if any, has been made?

How does the organisation advocate for the incacerated ?…….and what still needs to be done.



Director of Advocacy – Last Prisoner Project

Stephanie Shepard was convicted of conspiracy to distribute marijuana in 2010.

As a first-time, non-violent offender, Stephanie was sentenced to ten years in the Federal Bureau Of Prisons.

After serving nine years, she was placed on federal probation for an additional five years.

Stephanie now serves as Last Prisoner Project’s Director of Advocacy and sits on the organization’s Board of Directors.

She is adamantly advocating for restorative justice for those who have suffered and continue to suffer as she has from the criminalization of cannabis.


The Last Prisoner Project was founded in 2019 out of the belief that no one should remain incarcerated or suffering the collateral consequences of offenses that are now legal.

We brought together a group of justice-impacted individuals, policy and education experts, and leaders in the worlds of criminal justice and drug policy reform to work to end the fundamental injustice that is America’s policy of cannabis prohibition and the War on Drugs.

 Our dedicated team works tirelessly to achieve our goal of freeing the tens of thousands of individuals still unjustly imprisoned and creating front-end systemic reform to our criminal legal system.

Read more about the team at



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