Ex-Seahawk Doug Baldwin is on the Washingon State Clemency and Pardons Board

One of the more interesting players to don an NFL uniform currently has a fascinating position outside football.

Former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin Jr. is one of the members of the Washington State Clemency and Pardons Board.

The Seattle Times did a fascinating story on how Baldwin will play a role in the fate of six current prisoners.

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“He’s big on finding solutions that aren’t just all one track,” said Anthony Powers, the reentry program director for the Seattle Clemency Project, which Baldwin has worked with in recent years. “People want police reform, but then it’s like ‘they’re going against police.’ He’s more like, let’s work with police and the community to find something that works.”

Baldwin doesn’t necessarily view his four-year term on the Clemency and Pardons Board as a continuation of his criminal legal reform work.

“This is also an opportunity for me to learn more and get really into the weeds of how these systems actually operate,” he said.

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Baldwin also runs an impact investment fund and is CEO of Ventrk, a health and wellness software company. He is aware of the serious nature of making these board determinations.

“You’re making a decision based on, is this person willing to acclimate back into society and be a productive member of society,” he said. “I firmly believe in second chances. I firmly believe in third, fourth, fifth chances. We’re all human, we all make mistakes, we all do things we’re not proud of, but it’s how do you recover from those situations.”

 

Story originally appeared on Touchdown Wire