Amber, a model citizen, went to federal prison for sending an email. This week, she joins Jen and Tesha to share her story. We talk about her arrest, conviction, prison life, and life after incarceration. Amber is on a mission to destigmatize and humanize “felons”.
(0:00) Intro: Jen and Tesha talk about applying for passports.
(7:23) The 7- year long investigation
(13:35) Getting arrested and charged
(24:14) Prison life: from her prison job to buying soap, and ramen noodles.
(28:53) What happens when Mom goes to prison
(38:45) Pandemics and Prison
(43:42) Good Behaviour and not getting “shots”
(47:30) Half-way house
(53:22) The people you meet in prison
(57:30) Life After prison
(59:36) What role did race play in the case?
(1:05:01) The Been Down Project: coaching and mentoring women facing incarceration
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Amber Crowder’s Been Down Project is a returning citizen’s brutally honest, yet comedic, account of how she went to federal prison for an email. Her vulnerable and transparent account highlights the inequities and flaws of the federal criminal justice system and the unique hardships for women in the industrial prison complex.
Amber uses her platform to be a voice, a resource, and an inspiration for women with recent federal indictments, women currently incarcerated, and women reentering society.
Amber is a student, and an entrepreneur in the hospitality industry who currently resides in Washington, D.C. Follow Amber on Instagram and TikTok @thebeendownproject
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