Episode 23 – Stories of Fatherhood







The saying, “Father knows best,” what does that really mean? On this episode we’re celebrating all the fathers and father figures out there. Co-host Rap is taking this episode on with two guest who will talk about what it means to be a father navigating through our criminal legal system.

This episode we are joined by Jerome Nunn, who is currently incarcerated but is making his mark in the criminal justice reform movement. Although Jerome is constrained to the walls of a prison, he continues his fight to create change regarding restorative justice. Also, joining us this episode is David Singleton, Gideon’s Promise faculty member and Executive Director of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center. Each of these men speak about the challenges of fatherhood, how they inspire their children, and how to create change within our legal system. You don’t want to miss it!




Jerome Nunn, a father of four children and three grandchildren has been incarcerated for 27-years.  He faces and deals with the challenges of parenting while incarcerated. He is a mentor to many, including fathers inside and outside of prison. He’s an advocate for Restorative Justice practices, repairing the harm and community care.

In the prison where Jerome is housed, he is the co-founder of a program called, “Father Support Group.” The program is offered on a weekly bases, not to fathers alone, but to all of the incarcerated men housed in that facility.

Jerome’s goal is to help all men become better and do better.



David A. Singleton is an attorney and Executive Director of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center (OJPC). The OJPC is a non-partisan, nonprofit, public interest law office based in Cincinnati whose purpose is to reform Ohio’s justice system.

Mr. Singleton received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1991, and his A.B. in Economics and Public Policy Studies from Duke University in 1987. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Singleton received a Skadden Fellowship to work at the Legal Action Center for the Homeless in New York City, where he practiced for three years. He then worked as a public defender for seven years, first with the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and then with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.

After moving to Cincinnati in 2001, Mr. Singleton practiced at Thompson Hine before joining OJPC as its Executive Director in July 2002. He joined the faculty here as a Visiting Professor during the 2007-2008 academic year. He teaches a seminar on Constitutional Issues in Criminal Justice and the Constitutional Law Clinical Externship. He is also a faculty member of Gideon’s Promise.




  • The challenges that come with being incarcerated and parenting from a distance.
  • How was the legal system was designed to separate families?
  • What does hope look like?

Gideon’s Promise: The Podcast can be found on Apple PodcastsSpotifySoundCloud,  YouTube and on the Gideon’s Promise website.



Gideon’s Promise: A Public Defender Movement to Transform Criminal Justice (2020) by Jonathan Rapping.