Organizing for a Pathway to Redemption
Through her work, Brittany White wants to restore dignity to justice-impacted individuals—especially women.
Brittany White is a 2022–2023 joint Harvard Radcliffe Institute–Harvard Law School visiting practitioner affiliated with the Institute to End Mass Incarceration. Her path to Harvard was not a traditional one.
Growing up in the inner-city neighborhood of Five Oaks in Dayton, Ohio, White knew plenty of people affected by the criminal-legal system. Despite this, it wasn’t until she was convicted for marijuana possession and sentenced to 20 years in an Alabama correctional institution that she realized how many misconceptions she had about individuals who were incarcerated.
White’s personal experience with incarceration led her to become a community organizer—and a voice for formerly incarcerated Black women. She uses her platform to ensure that women’s unique challenges and experiences in the American penal system are not excluded from conversations around or solutions for gun violence and mass incarceration.
In the video above, she shares her vision for a different path forward.