by: Jamila T. Davis
Recently I was transferred to Alderson Federal Prison Camp, in Alderson, West Virginia, to start the Bureau of Prison's RDAP program. The facility is the oldest prison for women in the country; famous for housing Billie Holiday and Martha Stewart. My transition was a little rough. I was taken out in shackles and chains, traveling by air through the BOP's infamous Con Air Services. It was my thought that I'd enjoy the warm weather in Bryan, Texas at their federal camp. So, when I was told at the Oklahoma Transfer Center, on lay over, I was going to Alderson, West Virginia, I was not a happy camper!
By the time I had touched down at Alderson, I had the privilege of being embraced by several women who had read my books. One of them was a stand stand out to me. Greeted by her warm smile and grand hospitality, Aisha Hall and I instantly meshed. We has so much in common. She was also an author from New York. For hours we talked and shared many of our life experiences. Like myself, Aisha became a multi-millionaire at a young age, through her business Apogee Financial. Yet with success, a few poor choices landed her a ten and a half year sentence in federal prison.
Despite her adversities she has utilized her time wisely, using her pen and pad to change the urban fiction game. I admire her strength, wisdom and talent. She is definitely a stand out that is expected to come home and do big things!
Please allow me to take a moment to introduce you to a woman who I know I will know for the rest of my life. Aisha Hall, thanks for taking me under your wing and showing me the ropes at Alderson. Your help has been invaluable to me and greatly appreciated. May your courage and tenacity be used to inspire women across the world through your literary works. I'm glad to call you my prison sister. Indeed you are an incredible woman!