Reginald Dwayne Betts - Writing Workshop and Discussion with Teens

A Question of Freedom by Reginald Dwayne Betts

At sixteen, Reginald Dwayne Betts participated in a carjacking and landed a nine-year prison sentence. Betts shares not only his transformative tale from prisoner to scholar, poet, and Yale Law graduate, but also uses his experiences to speak to important issues surrounding the American criminal justice system.


Write with Reginald Dwayne Betts and join a discussion about life after incarceration, writing, and poetry!


Teens (ages 12 - 18) will receive a FREE copy of his memoir A Question of Freedom.



Reginald Dwane Betts is also author of two poetry collections, PEN New England Award winner, and national spokesperson for the Campaign for Youth Justice. For more information about him,  please visit
This event is possible thanks to a generous grant from the Friends of the Oakland Public Library and in partnership with Alameda County Library and The Alameda County Library Foundation



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