Campaign Surrogate and Executive Director of Re:Store Justice
Adnan Khan is the Co-Founder and serves as the Executive Director of Re:Store Justice, a non-profit organization he co-founded while incarcerated. Adnan also created FIRSTWATCH while incarcerated, which is a media filmmaking project produced entirely by incarcerated people in San Quentin State Prison. Adnan believes mass and static incarceration will not be solved unless we address that which we are most afraid to talk about: violence, those serving life sentences and/or extreme sentences. Adnan believes in the idea “from proximity to policy.” In his work, he connects opposites. By creating intimate gatherings inside of prison walls, Adnan and Re:Store Justice do events and bring together survivors of violent crime, people currently and formerly incarcerated, district attorneys, legislators, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials and community activists all in one circle. From those intimate dialogues, Adnan and Re:Store Justice create legislation.
Incarcerated at the age of 18, Adnan was sentenced to 25 Years to Life under the Felony/Murder rule. While incarcerated, he inspired, launched and worked on the Felony/Murder rule legislation (Senate Bill 1437) with his organization, Re:Store Justice. The bill passed and after serving 16 years, in January 2019, Adnan was the first person re-sentenced under the bill he helped create. Today, he is Executive Director of Re:Store Justice and is continuing his advocacy work nationally as well as internationally with UCSF Amend and Norwegian Delegates.