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Rule of Law: A Knock at Midnight with Brittany K. Barnett

April 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Around the globe, the United States consistently ranks as having one of the highest incarceration rates per capita. This mass imprisonment rate is coupled with lengthy sentences for nonviolent offenses, inhumane prison conditions, and little access to resources on readjusting to life outside prison. Join us for a discussion with Brittany K. Barnett about our country’s view of human rights through the lens of the criminal justice system and what changes can be implemented to better serve formerly incarcerated individuals and their families.

About the Speaker: Brittany K. Barnett is an attorney, author, and entrepreneur who is committed to reforming the criminal justice system and creating sustainable change in the lives of formerly incarcerated people. Through her pro bono services, she has helped free dozens of clients serving life sentences under draconian drug laws, including several who received executive clemency from President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump.

As the daughter of a formerly incarcerated mother, Barnett knows first-hand that the impact of mass incarceration is far reaching, devastating families and entire communities. To mitigate that impact, she founded two nonprofit organizations: the Buried Alive Project, which works to obtain clemency for individuals sentenced to life in prison for nonviolent drug offenses under outdated mandatory sentencing laws, and Girls Embracing Mothers, which is dedicated to empowering girls with mothers in prison. She is also the founder of Manifest Freedom Fund and Milena Reign, social enterprises devoted to showing the world-changing impact that formerly incarcerated people can have when they have access to resources not to merely survive, but to thrive. She is a graduate of SMU’s Dedman School of Law and author of A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom.

About the Moderator: Christopher Connelly is a reporter covering issues related to financial instability and poverty for KERA’s One Crisis Away series. In 2015, he joined KERA to report on Fort Worth and Tarrant County. From Fort Worth, he also focused on politics and criminal justice stories. Before coming to Texas, Christopher covered the Maryland legislature for the NPR member station in Baltimore. He also worked at NPR as a Joan B. Kroc Fellow in Washington, D.C. Christopher is a graduate of Antioch College in Ohio and he earned a master’s in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley.

Co-presented by SMU Dedman School of Law


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Dallas, TX 75202 United States
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