Attorney. Author. Entrepreneur.

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A Knock at Midnight is Brittany’s riveting, inspirational memoir, at once a coming-of-age story and a powerful evocation of what it takes to bring hope and justice to a system built to resist both at every turn.

Brittany's book was published by The Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, on September 8, 2020.


"Pursuing freedom. Always, in all ways."

- Brittany K. Barnett



Brittany K. Barnett is an award-winning attorney and entrepreneur focused on social impact investing. She is dedicated to transforming the criminal justice system and has won freedom for numerous people serving fundamental death sentences for federal drug offenses –  including seven clients who received executive clemency from President Barack Obama. Brittany is founder of a series of nonprofits and social enterprises, including the Buried Alive Project, Girls Embracing Mothers,  XVI Capital Partners, and Milena Reign LLC. She has earned many honors, including being named one of America’s most Outstanding Young Lawyers by the American Bar Association.



XVI Capital Partners bridges the funding gap by providing seed and startup capital to formerly incarcerated entrepreneurs.

Milena Reign helps people lean into their gifts of storytelling to inspire the world.

The Buried Alive Project works to dismantle life without parole sentences handed down under federal drug laws.


GEM empowers women in prison and their daughters to break the cycle of incarceration.

Leading through service, with love.



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