Sept. 2, 2014
-- Jamila “Jamie” Davis had everything she needed to grow up into a successful young woman. She came from a godly family, attended church every Sunday, and the Holy Spirit was a living, breathing force that her grandmother had taught her to feel. So, what makes a good girl, go bad? That is the ultimate question that Jamila Davis hopes to answer with her memoir She’s All Caught Up!.
In She’s All Caught Up!
Davis tells of her triumphs and tribulations. Growing up in Queens in the late 80’s and early 90’s immersed her into a culture that associated success with power and money, and the belief that it should be obtained at any cost. Always acting older than her age, Jamie admired older girls, who had hustling boyfriends that could buy them anything they wanted, but her lifestyle came with a risk, and she would eventually have to pay the toll of her actions. All caught up in the fast life, Jamie never realized that she was sacrificing her freedom.
As a former Hip Hop Music & Professional Sports Celebrity Advisor and real estate investor, Davis is no stranger to triumphs and defeats. From a self-made millionaire at age 25, her life took a tragic twist. Today she’s known as federal prisoner #59253-053, sentenced to 12 ½ years for bank fraud.
“Behind bars the picture you see every day is grim,” Davis said during a recent interview. “Watching the women whom I’m housed with, I noticed a pattern. Many of us were caught up in the chase. Some of us chased after love, appreciation and friendship; others chased after money, notoriety and power. For the most part, we were all passionate about what we pursued, which in the end caused us great consequences,”
she went on to say. “Seeing the same story repeat itself over and over, and watching the vicious patterns of self-destruction play out, I felt compelled to write about the baseless pursuits many of us were entangled in. It was my hope that by sharing my own story and revealing my mistakes I would prevent others who are living life in the fast lane from the tragic repercussions of this lifestyle.”
“Even though I am locked up physically, I refuse to sit idle. I realize God is using me as a vessel to create change. With the help of family members and friends I initiated the WomenOverIncarcerated.org prison reform movement. WomenOverIncarcerated.org is an advocacy group created to bring awareness to the extremely lengthy sentences many women are serving in federal prison as nonviolent offenders. To promote this cause I created “The High Price I Had To Pay” Book Series. Each book takes you behind the scenes into the lives of women serving decade plus sentences. Our books are written as cautionary tales to warn others about the severe consequences of poor choices and to enlighten the public to the dilemmas we face in the U.S. judicial system. This book series is currently being used as educational tools, in at-risk youth programs across the country, to deter crime. It’s a blessing to know that even though we are imprisoned our voices are still being heard, and others are learning from our mistakes. My accomplishments from behind bars have given my life new meaning!”She’s All Caught Up!
Is available on Amazon.com.