Andrea James was an advocate for prison reform. But one day she found that the roles had been reversed, when she herself wound up behind bars.
“After 22 years [of working in criminal justice], I didn’t think there was anybody that could tell me anything more about how broken the criminal system is…until I left my five-month old baby boy in the parking lot of the prison and my 12-year-old daughter and my older children who all brought me to drop me off at the prison. Because I was a lawyer, and we’re treated differently. I got to self-surrender.”
— Andrea James