New Prison Reform Movement

When you’re busted by the FEDS, automatically the odds are stacked against you! With a 95% conviction rate, very few are able to escape the wrath of the government. Due to hefty penalties and strict sentencing laws, over 220,000 Americans are serving time in federal prison. Shockingly, in recent years, a drastic increase of these offenders are women!

The High Price I Had To Pay Book Series  is an action packed, true-crime series based on the lives of women serving hefty sentences in federal prison. Written as cautionary tales, these memoirs expose readers to the real-life circumstances, and the choices these women made, that led to their incarceration. As each story unfolds, readers are privy to the startling details of what happens behind the scenes in the U.S. judicial system, exposing who gets prosecuted and who does not and the injustice of sentencing disparities.

Unique in nature, each captivating mini-book sheds light on the true faces of the women serving time behind bars and the detriment of mass incarceration. The jaw dropping details will cause you to think. Does the U.S. judicial system represent justice for all?

The High Price I Had to Pay: Sentenced to 12 1/2 Years for Victimizing Lehman Brothers Bank

by Jamila T. Davis

The High Price I Had To Pay 1  is a captivating real-life story that reveals another aspect of the inside fraud perpetrated by Lehman executives that has yet to be told!

This illuminating synopsis by author Jamila T. Davis, who is currently serving a 12 1/2 year sentence in federal prison for bank fraud, is shared from a unique stand point. Davis was labeled by Lehman attorneys as the 25 year old mastermind who devised an elaborate mortgage scheme that defrauded their bank of 22 million dollars. Her shocking story captures the inside tricks of Wall Street elite and takes you up-close and personal into a world driven by greed and power.

Davis’ story will leave you amazed and make you think. Have savvy Wall Street executives, such as Richard Fuld, been able to out smart the world? And while these executives escape unpunished, is it fair that “small fries,” like Davis, are left to do big time?


The High Price I Had to Pay 2: Sentenced to 30 Years as a Non-Violent. First Time Offender

by Michelle Miles, Jamila T. Davis (Foreword by)

The High Price I Had To Pay 2 is a cautionary tale based on the life of Michelle Miles, a 21 year old, African American woman, who tried her hand in the drug game as a means to escape poverty. Joining the notorious “Burrell Organization,” run by her boyfriend, overnight Miles went from “rags-to-riches.” All was well until the FEDS got wind of the operation. With the help of informants, the Burrell empire swiftly crumbled and the key players were arrested, including Miles who was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.

Miles’ story will leave you shocked about the rules of prosecution for drug offenders in the U.S. judicial system and make you think. Should a first time, non-violent offender receive a thirty year sentence?

President Obama commuted the sentences of 58 inmates Thursday as part of his ongoing initiative to release federal prisoners who have received severe mandatory sentences for non-violent drug offenses. Michelle Miles – Brooklyn, N.Y. Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine base; distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base; Eastern District of New York Sentence: 360 months imprisonment; five years supervised release (March 24, 2000) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.

The High Price I Had to Pay 3: From The White House to Federal Prison

by Gwendolyn Hemphill, Jamila Davis (Afterword)

The High Price I Had To Pay 3  is an enthralling true story about the life of Gwendolyn Hemphill, a 73 year old woman currently serving a 11 year sentence in federal prison.

Rising from humble beginnings and overcoming barriers of racism and poverty, Hemphill climbed to the top of the political ladder landing a respected position in the White House, under the Carter Administration. For decades, she vigorously served as a liaison who provided substantial contributions to her community, making waves in the world of Washington D.C. politics. Despite her accomplishments and her stellar career, one bad decision landed Hemphill a decade plus sentence as a first time, non-violent offender.

This story will leave you questioning is there mercy and equality for all citizens in the U.S. judicial system? And, it will make you think: Should a senior citizen with a stellar past serve a decade plus sentence as a first time, non-violent offender?

The High Price I Had To Pay 4: A Product Of The Game: Sentenced to 10 Years As A Non-Violent Offender

by Brandi Davis

Sentenced to 10 Years as a Non-Violent Offender Although the United States of America only consists of 5% of the world’s population, it house over 25% of the world’s prison population! With close to two million Americans behind bars, the faces of the U.S. prison population has dramatically changed. Jail cells are no longer inhabited by just men. Today, there is a major increase of female offenders, sweeping across the nation. The true stories of these women, and the injustices they face in the U.S. judicial system, often remains untold! The High Price I Had To Pay, Volume IV, is a captivating real-life story about the travails of Brandi Davis, a young, single mother, who entered the drug game after the sudden death of her child’s father, a notorious drug dealer. As the girlfriend of a well-known member of the infamous Black Mafia Family (BMF) organization, Davis was showered with a lavish lifestyle that she was unwilling to give up so easily. Feeling as though her back was against the wall, determined to stay afloat, she accepted an invitation to enter the drug game. As the daughter of a legendary hustler, Davis was no novice to street life. She quickly integrated her business savvy and prominent drug connections, skyrocketing to the top of the drug under-world in her area. All was well, until she was set up! With the help of a few informants, her empire swiftly came crumbling down, landing her a 10 year bid in federal prison. This cautionary tale reveals the shocking truths of those who enter the drug game in America, and the harsh penalties they face. Is a decade plus sentence necessary to punish a young mother, who became a product of the game? Or, is there a better way to level the scales of justice in America? You be the judge!