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Brittany K. Barnett is an attorney and criminal justice reform advocate. The daughter of an incarcerated mother, she has represented seven people who received clemency from President Obama. She was named “Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas” by the Texas Young Lawyers Association and “Outstanding Young Lawyer of Dallas” by the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers. Brittany is founder and President of Girls Embracing Mothers and a #cut50 Fellow.

Christopher Poulos is an attorney and executive director of the Washington Statewide Reentry Council. Prior to his appointment, he served as executive director of Life of Purpose Treatment at the University of North Texas, where he is also an adjunct professor of criminal justice. During law school, he served at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and The Sentencing Project. Poulos has advised United States Senator Angus King (I-Maine) on addiction and justice policy and served on several task forces related to criminal justice policy. He graduated cum laude from the University of Maine School of Law.

Amy Povah was granted clemency by President Clinton after serving 9 years of a 24-year sentence for “conspiracy” in an MDMA case. Amy started the CAN-DO Foundation; Clemency for All Nonviolent Drug Offenders, educating the public about the collateral damage associated with the conspiracy law, and spotlighting cases of clemency applicants.


Brenton Gieser  is a photographer, documentarian, and visual storyteller based in San Francisco. His current work centers around a long-term photo-documentary called Tender Souls and he has been published by publications like the New York Times, Vice, and Upworthy.

Wes Bruer  is a photographer and producer based in Brooklyn, NY and a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Grantee. Wes previously worked as Criminal Justice and National Security Producer at CNN, Washington D.C. Bureau. His work has been featured at CNN, CNN International, Al Jazeera, The Daily Beast, and morel.