Jonathon (Levi) Trethewey, Executive Director
Jonathon is a prison survivor. He is also a prison reform and community activist and co-founder of ATLaS Justice Center.
Jonathon is an active community member, working with sister organizations dedicated to challenging the status quo and with individuals currently in struggle. Jonathon also talks extensively throughout the community about his experiences with poverty, the poverty-to-prison pipeline, and about his time in prison.
During his last sentence, which ended in April 2015, Jonathon focused on his personal and spiritual growth. When he emerged, he decided that his life’s work would be to end the very pipeline that had fed him directly into the prison system, the very pipeline that made his family choose between survival and a life away from crime. The prison industrial machine nearly destroyed his life, and now that he has emerged with purpose and drive, he is committed to disrupting this pattern for the next generation.
Jonathon is an avid runner, trail runner, and adventure seeker. Over the past year, Jonathon has explored many of Arizona's rugged landscapes. These explorations have affirmed for him the healing power found in nature, and he has begun to incorporate that power into the Bond Out Trauma Support group.He and Kenny are planning one of ATLaS’ initial fundraisers: The Run From Hell, a 5K run in 2017. Keep an eye out for details!
Jonathon, along with Kirstin, teaches the ID class. He continues to imagine and refine new structures and systems that will help heal the trauma inflicted on people and communities by the prison industrial complex. Jonathon and Kirstin are currently researching and developing a new correctional model that incorporates the Scandinavian core principles of humanity and normality to achieve a fully restorative system of corrections.