Reginald Dwayne Betts

Emerson Fellow

Reginald Dwayne Betts, Emerson Fellow, will work on a book that examines the criminal justice system through his experience as a formerly incarcerated person working as a public defender. He is the author of three books, including the 2015 collection of poems Bastards of the Reagan Era. A graduate of the Yale Law School, Betts has received fellowships from the Soros Foundation, the Poetry Foundation, and the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies. In 2012, Betts was named a member of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention by former President Obama.

All Work

Reentry: a Triptych

Reginald Dwayne Betts, Emerson Fellow, had his poetry published by the Marshall Project.

A Poet, with Prison Behind Him, Becomes an Attorney

Reginald Dwayne Betts was profiled in the New Yorker, discussing how the poet and former convict earned his law degree.

A Classic Second-Chance Story

The Connecticut Law Tribune wrote an editorial supporting Reginald Dwayne Betts' admission to the Connecticut Bar.

Strong Island

Segregation draws a line around not just your neighborhood, but your life.

State Bar Committee Approves Jail-To-Yale Lawyer

Reginal Dwayne Betts, was interviewed by the Connecticut Law Tribune after the state bar's temporary pause in the review of his application.