Reginald Dwayne Betts

Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law


Reginald Dwayne Betts is a Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and the Founder and Director of Freedom Reads, a project designed to build micro-libraries in prisons as a resource and symbol of freedom and possibility.

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Education & Curriculum Vitae


J.D., Yale Law School, 2016

M.F.A., Warren Wilson College, 2010
B.A., The University of Maryland, 2009
A.A., Prince George’s Community College, 2007

Courses Taught


  • Liman Projects: Research for Reform

Reginald Dwayne Betts is a Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and the Founder and Director of Freedom Reads, a project designed to build micro-libraries in prisons as a resource and symbol of freedom and possibility. Betts clerked for the Honorable Theodore McKee in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals after representing clients in the New Haven Public Defender’s Office as a Liman Fellow. He is the author of four books and has published numerous articles and essays on topics of mass incarceration and the perils of youth behind bars. 

Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths