Jamila T. Davis, born and raised in Jamaica Queens, New York, is an author, motivational speaker and a television personality. She is also a co-founder of WomenOverIncarcerated.org, an advocacy group created to shed light on the lengthy sentences of non-violent, female federal offenders and to rally for sentencing reform.
As a former real estate investor and Hip-Hop Music & Professional Sports Celebrity Advisor, Davis is no stranger to triumphs and defeats. From a self-made, multi-millionaire at age 25, her life took a tragic twist. For the past nine years, she was known as federal prisoner #59253-053, sentenced to 12 1/2 years for bank fraud.
From behind bars, Davis embarked on an intense journey of inner healing and restoration. Documenting her findings, she developed the “Voices of Consequences Enrichment Series,” a three book, self-help curriculum designed to empower incarcerated women to heal, recognize their potential and recapture their dreams. This series has helped to transform the lives of female offenders across the world.
After encountering the injustices women face behind bars, Jamila T. Davis produced “The High Price I Had to Pay” Book Series, creating a platform for female non-violent offenders, serving decade plus sentences, to tell their stories. The success of the series led to the formation of WomenOverIncarcerated.org.
Additionally, while incarcerated Davis received numerous college degrees, including her Associates in Psychology, Bachelors in Christian Education and Masters in African American Ministry. She is currently enrolled in a PHD program.
In June 2017, Jamila T. Davis completed her prison sentence. Upon her release she published the “Pink Panther Clique," an urban fiction book written with Aisha Hall and Sunshine Smith-Williams. Both co-authors were formerly incarcerated with Davis. Behind bars they collaborated with New York Times Best Selling Author, Wahida Clark, who assisted them in publishing their book. The work of this dynamic writing team gained great media attention. Their collaboration ultimately spearheaded a movement helping to shed light on the epidemic of women in prison and the lengthy sentences many are serving for non-violent crimes.
Davis’s story was recently featured on “Pink Collar,” which aired on CBS this August. She is currently working on several film projects. She continues to use her talent and story to inspire others, and to deter at-risk youth from crime.
Inspired by her past difficulties, Davis is committed to paying her way forward. Her life motto is: No matter how far you’ve fallen in life, it’s never too late to recapture your dreams! Through her inspirational message, literary work and activism, Davis is committed to making a difference!