Originally from Bremerton, Washington, Thomas just happened to know someone in the SCP office building, who referred him to SCP. He arranged a meeting with the staff and they created an internship position for him.
As an intern, Thomas assisted with gathering and sorting files, obtaining court documents, editing petitions, and general office work. He also had the opportunity to write a petition for a very deserving client, who unfortunately had too difficult of a case to be heard by the Board. He conducted research for SCP focused on criminal justice reform as well. An ongoing project Thomas is working on is compiling past petitions and generating a report on successful and unsuccessful candidates for clemency.
Thomas works for SCP because SCP acknowledges those who have been forgotten and advocates on their behalf. “The Project not only changes individual lives, but also forces difficult questions regarding the way we punish in America. Clemency challenges the status quo and makes us rethink whether our current criminal justice system is operating effectively. Most importantly, these petitions allow us to see inmates for the complex humans that they really are, something that is often missing in everyday discourse. Working with SCP enabled me to better understand the issues facing incarcerated people and to participate in giving those individuals a second chance at life.”
Thomas loves spending time with his wife Sarah and their wonderful cat Sophie. He tries to find spare time to read, play guitar, and drink good coffee. His interests include issues of criminal justice reform and civil rights.