Christopher Blackwell


Christopher Blackwell is incarcerated at the Washington Corrections Center, where he is serving a 45-year prison sentence.

Christopher was raised in a mixed Native American/white family in the crime-ravaged Hilltop neighborhood of Tacoma. He was first incarcerated at 12, dropped out of school at 14, and was in and out of juvenile detention centers until the age of 22 when he was given his current prison sentence.

Since then, Christopher has earned a college degree and became a leader in prisoner-led mentor programs and a restorative justice facilitator. Christopher and his wife, Dr. Chelsea Moore, co-founded Look2Justice, a grassroots organization led by criminal legal system-impacted people that works to provide civic education and empowerment programs for incarcerated people and their loved ones. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, HuffPost, Marshall Project, Insider, BuzzFeed, and many more. He is a contributing editor at The Appeal and a contributing writer at Jewish Currents. He was the 2023 recipient of the Institute for Nonprofit News’ Breaking Barriers Award.