The Wire’s Sonja Sohn on Criminal Justice Conversations with Host David Onek

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Actress Sonja Sohn of HBO's The Wire discusses her community activism work, how her exposure to violence motivated her to work with at-risk youth, and her experiences playing a cop on television with host David Onek on the latest episode of Criminal Justice Conversations.

Actress Sonja Sohn was inspired to leverage the power of celebrity to fuel social change during the 2008 election cycle, when she and other fellow actors engaged in voter education efforts.

Today, Sohn is becoming just as well known for her work as a community activist in East Baltimore as she is for her role on HBO’s The Wire, on which she played Detective Shakima “Kima” Greggs for five seasons. The critically acclaimed series chronicled life on the streets of Baltimore.

After the series ended, Sohn founded ReWired for Change, a nonprofit that works to empower at-risk youth and families living in under-served communities through education, media and social advocacy. She also is the cofounder of Baltimore Wake Up, a coalition that aims to lift the voices of disenfranchised communities. In 2011, Sohn testified before the U.S. Justice Department’s Defending Childhood Taskforce about her own exposure to violence while growing up in Newport News, Va.

Sohn, a two-time NAACP Image Award nominee, discusses her community work, her time on The Wire and much more on the latest installment of Criminal Justice Conversations with David Onek, which can be heard at: law.berkeley.edu/13791.htm.

About Criminal Justice Conversations:

Criminal Justice Conversations, hosted by criminal justice expert David Onek, presents lively and in-depth discussions on the latest stories, trends, policies and best practices in criminal justice. The popular program features interviews with fascinating figures from all corners of the criminal justice world, from policymakers and law enforcement officials to advocates and service providers. A co-production of Berkeley Law School and the Berkeley School of Journalism, Criminal Justice Conversations can be heard on iTunes or at law.berkeley.edu/cjconversations.

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