About the Authors

Peyton Budd

Her combined interests in psychology, writing, and criminal justice led Peyton Budd to the creation of TESTED. Selected for the University of Virginia's Young Writers Workshop and for an international studies exchange program in Switzerland, she has published poetry in Vibrato, an award-winning literary magazine. Peyton continues her studies at Colorado College where she focuses on writing, literature, psychology, and Arabic.

Dorothy Budd

A former child sex crimes prosecutor for the Dallas County District Attorney's office, Dorothy Budd has worked as a DA in the Juvenile Division, trying juvenile, domestic violence, and child welfare cases until becoming a felony prosecutor in the Crimes Against Children Division. Reverend Budd also holds a Masters in Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. She now serves as an Episcopal deacon at The Church of the Incarnation in Dallas.

About the Photographer
Deborah Luster

Best known for the series One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana, Deborah Luster photographed for six years in Louisiana's prison system, including the state's maximum security prison at Angola. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. A monograph of Tooth for an Eye, her current project on violence in Orleans Parish, is forthcoming from Twin Palms Publishing. She is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery.

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