Interview with Vickie Kerr (Vickie Roberts)

Vickie Kerr (Roberts) is the mother of two formerly incarcerated daughters. Vickie describes the parental role she played in the lives of her grandchildren and how she took care of herself and her family during her daughters’ sentences.

This interview was conducted virtually by Marci Marie Simmons with Vickie Roberts on April 3, 2023 at 6:40pm. Vickie is a mother and a grandmother who tells us about the incarceration of her two daughters which led to her raising her grandchildren. Vickie talks about over sentencing and the ways in which she fought to ensure her grandchildren maintained a relationship with their mothers. This interview might be of interest to individuals who want to learn about the ways mass incarceration of women in particular negatively affect the family unit, ways in which communities can support victims of mass incarceration, and/or ways in which families can maintain relationships while separated by mass incarceration. Marci Marie Simmons is a formerly incarcerated woman and social media personality who uses her lived experiences to advocate for incarcerated people and prison reform. Marci Marie also interviewed Vickie’s daughters, Nadia Kerr and Kristan Kerr. Those interviews are also available in the archive.