Miguel Quezada

UnCommon Law

Miguel Quezada (he/him), is UnCommon Law's Policy Director. He graduated with an Associates Degree from Lassen Community College. During his 20 years of incarceration, he helped organize peers that were sentenced to life as adults for crimes committed in youth. Miguel became an advocate for, and worked on Senate Bill 260, which ultimately allowed him to earn parole in 2018.

Miguel was a translator and Managing Editor of San Quentin News, a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, and has collaborated with the UC Berkeley School of Journalism to support incarcerated students learn the craft of journalism. He co-founded the Adult Peer Education Project (APEP) at San Quentin State Prison, established several peer-led rehabilitative programs, and volunteered as a peer educator.

Since earning parole, Miguel has worked as a Program Manager and community organizer, creating programs for the incarcerated community, supporting the reentry process for newly released community members, and advocating for legislation like AB 392, which changed the standards for deadly use of force by the policy in California.