Brittany K. Barnett was only a law student when she came across the case that would change her life forever?that of Sharanda Jones, single mother, business owner, and, like Brittany, Black daughter of the rural South. A victim of America?s devastating war on drugs, Sharanda had been torn away from her young daughter and was serving a life sentence without parole?for a first-time drug offense. In Sharanda, Brittany saw haunting echoes of her own life, as the daughter of a formerly incarcerated mother. As she studied this case, a system came into focus in which widespread racial injustice forms the core of America?s addiction to incarceration. Moved by Sharanda?s plight, Brittany set to work to gain her freedom.