This is incredibly unfair.

Thank you for reading my last email about our new criminal justice reform project changejustice.

There’s an important petition you can help with right now.

When Dwayne Betts was 16 years old, he committed a carjacking. He went to prison for 8 years and decided to turn his life around — eventually becoming an award winning poet, graduating from Yale Law School, and recently passing the Connecticut State Bar exam.

But because of that mistake he made twenty years ago, the Connecticut Bar is denying him admission — meaning he can’t become a lawyer. That’s not fair. Dwayne has paid his debt to society and gone above and beyond to become not only an accomplished poet, and student, but also a husband and father.

It’s simply outrageous that after working so hard for so long, a past conviction would prevent a Yale Law graduate from becoming a lawyer.

Sign this petition started by Leif Dautch, a San Francisco lawyer who also graduated from Yale, and tell the Connecticut State Bar to admit Dwayne Betts. 

Jonathan Perri
Director, Campaigns & Partnerships