Benjamin, the Founder and Executive Director of the Ben Free Project, is a formerly incarcerated life prisoner; honorably discharged disabled military veteran; published poet, writer, memoirist; Immortal Studios graphic novelist; Davis Vanguard social justice journalist; Freedom Reads Literary Ambassador; PEN America award-winning writing mentor; Ben Free Podcast producer/host; mass incarceration deconstruction advocate; volunteer attending UCLA as an undergrad English Literature major.
Having spent nearly two incarcerated decades navigating California's correctional system in pursuit of the minimal quality educational, vocational, and self-help programming available there, Benjamin became convinced that something needed to change. Upon his release in December 2021, he became committed to enabling disenfranchised and marginalized creator populations to survive the carceral state by engaging the platforms his freedom has connected him to, post-release. He and the Ben Free Project team seek to erect and fund resident-designed systems, communities, and properties that amplify the voices, perspectives, and intellectual property of creators still confined, relying on the experiential feedback loop of mentorship to bridge the services gap. The assemblage of hearts and minds that comprises the Ben Free Project board and advisory brain trust reflects the ethical standard by which Benjamin works to best serve those still confined, in pursuit of the public safety outcomes all societies require in order to function.