Nia Kaudo is actively engaged in research, service, and community efforts to raise public awareness of mass incarceration and help those who have been affected by it. She is a member of the pre-law chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International and an inaugural executive board member of Beyond Arrests: Re-Thinking Systematic Oppression (BARS), the first student-run organization at UPenn that concentrates on mass incarceration. Since graduating from Penn in May 2018, she has worked as a Capacity Building Coordinator at the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition. Nia participated in the Ortner Center’s From Cell to Home project for two years, first as a student and then as the project coordinator. Working under the guidance of Ortner Faculty Fellow Dr. Kathleeen Brown, Nia and Makayla Reynolds (another Ortner Student Fellow) submitted a petition to the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons seeking the release of a woman lifer. Naomi Blount was released in late spring 2019; only two other women lifers have been given this chance since 1990. Nia left Philadelphia in the summer of 2019 to begin law school at Ohio State University.