NARSOL announces creation of the NARSOL Advisory Council

NARSOL is pleased to announce our new advisory council and its inaugural members.

From its beginnings in the late 90’s in Boston by a group of civil libertarians, educators, and other professionals, through the formation of RSOL led by an administrative team, to the transition to NARSOL with a board of directors, our commitment has consistently been to better equip ourselves in the struggle to restore dignity, hope, and constitutional rights to persons with previous sexual crime convictions.

Our creation of an advisory council is the next step in that commitment.

Our first task was to seek out qualified and committed individuals who could provide advice and expertise in a variety of disciplines. Many names were recommended, and as we considered each one, we chose those who maintained the professional and personal qualities of someone who we would be honored to work with in our quest.

The advisory council is a group of prestigious professionals, academics, and community leaders lending their names and providing advice on how NARSOL can better manage the organization. The advisory council will provide NARSOL leadership with guidance on vision, innovation, integration, risk management, and profitability.

It is and will be composed of individuals with relevant experience and recognition in matters of but not limited to: law, legislation, fundraising, public relations, public health, housing and workforce development, marketing, civil rights, law enforcement, and accounting and will provide insights on various trends within and tangential to the NARSOL mission.

We are honored to introduce our first NARSOL Advisory Council members.

Professor Ira Ellman is a Distinguished Affiliated Scholar with the Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California, Berkeley and on the faculty of the Berkeley Center for Child and Youth Policy. His 2015 article, “ ‘Frightening and High’: The Supreme Court’s Crucial Mistake About Sex Crime Statistics,” has been widely discussed in both legal publications and in key national media.

Dr. Alissa Ackerman is a professor of criminal justice at California State University, Fullerton, and co-founder of Ampersands Restorative Justice. For more than 15 years she has studied every aspect of sexual abuse and the criminal justice policies used after it occurs.  She is internationally recognized for her contributions to the field and her innovative approach that has helped hundreds of people on their path toward healing. She has published several books and has written extensively on topics related to sexual abuse. Her most recent book, Healing from Sexual Violence: The Case for Vicarious Restorative Justicewas published in 2019.

Dr. Fred Berlin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and an attending physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  He is the director of the National Institute for the Study, Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Trauma.  That program has been designated by the United States Department of Justice as a national resource site.  He is also the director of the Johns Hopkins Sex and Gender Clinic. He has numerous publications in a variety of medical and psychiatric journals.

Mr. Glenn Martin is the president and founder of, a social justice consultancy firm that partners with non-profits from across the United States to assist with fundraising, organizational development, and marketing. Glenn is a longstanding American criminal justice reform advocate and is the founder and former president of JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA). He co-founded the Education from the Inside Out Coalition, a national campaign working to remove barriers to higher education facing students while they are in prison and after they are released.

NARSOL is honored to have these men and women on our advisory council; we will continue seeking out and adding additional equally qualified folk to join them and us in our cause.

Help us reach more people by Sharing or Liking this post.

One Thought to “NARSOL announces creation of the NARSOL Advisory Council”

Leave a Comment

We welcome a lively discussion with all view points - keeping in mind...

  • Your submission will be reviewed by one of our volunteer moderators. Moderating decisions may be subjective.
  • Please keep the tone and language of your comment civil and courteous. This is a public forum.
  • Please stay on topic - both in terms of the organization in general and this post in particular.
  • Refrain from general political statements in (dis)favor of one of the major parties or their representatives.
  • Refrain from comments containing references to religion unless it clearly relates to the post being commented on.
  • Do not post in all caps.
  • We will generally not allow links; the moderator may consider the value of a link.
  • We will not post lengthy comments.
  • Please do not go into details about your story; post these on our Tales from the Registry.
  • Please choose a user name that does not contain links to other web sites.
  • Please do not solicit funds.
  • If you use any abbreviation such as Failure To Register (FTR), the first time you use it please expand it for new people to better understand.
  • All commenters are required to provide a real email address where we can contact them. It will not be displayed on the site.

  1. A Mistake They Made

    This is great! Thank You!