Joseph R. Turner, J.D.

Joseph R. Turner, JD, is the co-founder and current President/CEO of EXPONENTS, Inc., in New York City. EXPONENTS is the first known harm reduction substance use treatment program, beginning in 1988. EXPONENTS is founded on the principles of ‘engagement, community, and advocacy. Abstinence is not required for admission, participation, or completion of any of EXPONENTS’ programs – with over 10, 800 NYC substance users completing their programs. Mr. Turner was born and raised in Brooklyn’s Brownsville, embracing his path through the streets, drugs, prison, treatment, wellness, and activism. As an attorney, Mr. Turner has worked for Harlem Legal Services, National Conference of Black Lawyers, and had a private practice that focused on the representation of political prisoners, criminal defense, and community development. He has previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Harlem United, Executive Director of the Fountain Avenue Community Development Corporation, and former Chairman of the Board of Friends of Recovery – New York (FOR-NY). He has provided consulting services to various social justice organizations. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Exodus Transitional Services and the current co-chair of the OASAS Recovery Implementation Team. Mr. Turner’s recovery and activism are anchored and maintained upon the same harm reduction principles of EXPONENTS’ – “meeting folks where they’re at and not leaving them there.”

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