Mr. Betts is appearing courtesy of the American Friends Services Committee
Reginald Dwayne Betts is a husband and the father of two sons, a memoirist, and a poet whose latest collection, "Bastards of the Reagan Era," was published in 2015 to high acclaim. His first collection of poems, "Shahid Reads His Own Palm" (2010), won the Beatrice Hawley Award. Betts' memoir, "A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison" (2009) was the recipient of the 2010 NAACP Image Award for nonfiction. His writing has also led to a Pushcart Prize, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, and a Soros Justice Fellowship. In addition to his writing, Betts serves as the national spokesperson for the Campaign for Youth Justice and was appointed to the Coordinating Council of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention by President Barack Obama. He recently graduated from Yale Law School and is a public defender in Connecticut.