Because her name is on the lawsuit, Shumate v. Wilson, she has experienced severe retaliation since the suit began. She gets a transfusion for her sickle cell anemia once every three months, at most. This has resulted in unspeakable pain. Despite the pain and the harassment, Charisse carries herself with dignity and courage.
Charisse is doing a life sentence at CCWF as a result of being battered. She is a member of the battered women’s support group at the prison. She works with other women with sickle cell, to understand this disease and she fights for compassionate release for women dying of AIDS and other illnesses.
Charisse, for your courage, your dignity, your humor and your leadership, we are proud to dedcate this issue of The Fire Inside to you.