Senior Reentry Policy Specialist
Daryl McGraw currently a Senior Reentry Policy Specialist with the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy.
Daryl is the President and Founder of Formerly Inc, Connecticut’s first criminal justice consultant agency, that is predominantly staffed by formerly incarcerated individuals. Prior to branching out on his own, Mr. McGraw served as Program Director for the Yale University Department of Psychiatry, during which time he was contracted to serve as the Director of the Office of Recovery Community Affairs for the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
In 2007 Mr. McGraw experienced a life changing event, when he was arrested for probation violation and assault on a police officer, and was sentenced to serve 4 years in prison. This was not Mr. McGraw’s first time in prison all though it would be his last time as an inmate. During his time of incarceration Mr. McGraw used every second behind bars to create what today he calls his five-year plan for successful reentry. In 2010 Mr. McGraw was released from prison with a Ged and six composition notebooks complete with his own personal blueprint for reentry.
Today, Mr. McGraw holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Services and a master’s degree in Organizational Management and Leadership, both from Springfield College. He also has his state certifications as an Addictions Counselor, Recovery Support Specialist, and a Criminal Justice Professional. Prior to entering the human service field, Mr. McGraw held several leadership positions in the hospitality field working for Fortune 500 companies.
Mr. McGraw has over 10 years of personal and professional experience in urban trauma, addiction recovery and community reintegration, he is considered an expert in the field of Criminal Justice Reform and regularly speaks around the country and internationally in a variety of settings including university campuses, correctional facilities, behavioral health organizations and national conferences.
Daryl’s personal journey through addiction and incarceration has prepared him to be a voice and advocate for those who still find themselves caught in the vicious cycles of addiction and recidivism. When he is not out trying to save the world, he is a devoted father of three and a youth basketball coach.