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Saundra Sanders interview transcript, 2018-08-12

Identifier: dcpl_dcohc013

Scope and Contents

This oral history interview was conducted with Saundra Sanders by Kristin Adair in Washington, D.C. Saundra Sanders was born in 1962 in Washington, D.C. She talks about being raised at 19th and Maryland Ave NE. She gave birth to her only child, a son, just after her graduation from Dunbar Senior High School in 1980. She discusses how she became involved in drug use and criminal activity. In 1984, she was incarcerated for the first time, serving six years. She talks about how she came to spend a total of 20 years cycling in and out of the judicial system due to addiction. Saundra has been clean since 2004 and her last incarceration ended on July 5, 2005. She was released from parole supervision in February 2008. Her adult son has also spent time in the judicial system. Saundra shares how she dedicated her life to giving back to those that share her lived experience, including as a founding member of the Women of the WIRE.


  • Creation: 2018-08-12


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Biographical / Historical

Born in Washington, D.C., Saundra Sanders is a founding member of Women Involved in Reentry Efforts (WIRE). She was born and raised in Washington, D.C., where she is currently works with a wide range of programs dedicated to improving the lives of people who suffer from narcotics dependencies and to aid formerly incarcerated women with their re-entry process. Having struggled with addition and spent time incarcerated herself, her life is now in dedicated to helping those who currently struggle with these issues.


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Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

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