Could an Ex-Convict Become an Attorney?
Typical for those who have served time in prison for a felony conviction, Reginald Dwayne Betts faced many barriers following his release at age 24. Even though he spent his eight-year incarceration reading great literature, writing 1,000 poems, teaching himself Spanish, and completing a paralegal course, he left prison without anything to put on a resume. In this article for The New York Times Magazine, Betts examines the barriers to those who want to leave their criminal pasts behind and documents his own path to Yale Law School. Betts won the 2016 Media for a Just Society Award in the book category for Bastards of the Reagan Era. You can read his recent magazine piece here.