Carole was detained in prison while pregnant with Jahmil.
"While I gave birth, the corrections officer was standing directly behind the doctor, witnessing my child’s entrance into the world of the criminal justice system." – Carole
Carole helped fight to pass the bill (A.6430-A/S.983-A) that prohibits the use of shackling during the transport of all pregnant inmates at State and local correctional facilities, and within eight weeks after the delivery or pregnancy outcome, except in the most extraordinary of circumstances.
Carole is an activist and professor and former Justice Leadership USA (JLUSA) leader and mother of Jahmil. She works as a disability analyst and has taught anthropology & sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Carole has received numerous recognitions for her advocacy work in criminal and social justice issues such as anti-shackling of pregnant women and termination of parental rights, including John Jay’s Howard D. Mann Humanitarianism in Service, the Coalition for Women Prisoners’ Advocacy, and most recently, Citizen’s Against Recidivism’s Glenn E. Martin Advocacy of the Year Awards.
Jahmil is a filmmaker passionate about storytelling for social transformation. When she isn't directing or producing film, television, and web content, she is traveling, or pouring over the latest sci-fi and fantasy novel.