A Knock at Midnight
Brittany K. Barnett was on her way to a career as a successful corporate attorney when she first heard about Sharanda Jones, a single mother and business owner who had been torn from her young daughter to serve a life sentence without parole-for a first-time drug offense. Flooded with memories of her own mother's struggles with addiction and incarceration, and infuriated by Sharanda's excessive punishment, Brittany immediately took the case. Her relentless fight for Sharanda's second chance would lead her on a harrowing journey through the criminal justice system, revealing the widespread racial injustice that feed America's addiction to incarceration. By day Brittany moved billion-dollar deals, and by night she worked pro bono to free clients from draconian sentences. Along, the way, her unwavering belief in humanity and her hand-won legal battles transformed her understanding of judicial sentencing, human potential languishing behind bars, and the very definition of freedom. A Knock at Midnight is at once a poignant coming-of-age story and a powerful evocation of what it takes to bring hope and justice to people trapped in a system built to resist change at every turn. Book jacket.
Publication Date: 08-Sep-2020
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale