Oral history interview with Akilah Shedrick, 2018


Shedrick, Akilah (Interviewee)
Boone, Kurt B (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Akilah Shedrick, 2018
Akilah Shedrick discusses her childhood, growing up in Brooklyn and the south Bronx, and experiencing homelessness. She talks about carrying drugs to North Carolina for a friend and being arrested and incarcerated for her first offense. She details what jail and prison were like in terms of conditions, work assignments, relationships between prisoners, and the inadequacy of the legal aid system. Sh e then discusses her experience with parole, focusing on her undergraduate education and the financial difficulties of being a student. She talks about later in life going into mass communications as a TV producer
Collection Name
Mass Incarceration oral history collection
Mass incarceration--United States; Families, Black--Effect of imprisonment on; Homelessness--United States; Legal aid--United States; Mandatory sentences--Law and legislation--United States; Parole--United States; Shedrick, Akilah; North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women
oral histories
Physical Description
45 pages
Note (Biographical)
Akilah Shedrick was born in Brooklyn, New York and was raised in the South Bronx. She was incarcerated at the age of 17 in North Carolina at Bragg Street North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women for 10.5 months. She works as a television prod ucer
Interviewed by by Kurt Boone on December 3, 2018
Note (Provenance)
Akilah Shedrick, Gift, 2018
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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Oral History Archives at Columbia
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