My Brother Moochie: Regaining Dignity in the Midst of Crime, Poverty, and Racism in the American South

Marriott Conference Center A

Sunday, 12:00-12:45

Issac Bailey's My Brother Moochie provides a wide-ranging yet intensely intimate view of crime and incarceration in the United States, and the devastating effects on the incarcerated, their loved ones, their victims, and society as a whole. It also offers hope for families caught in the incarceration trap: though the Bailey family’s lows have included prison and bearing the responsibility for multiple deaths, their highs have included Harvard University, the White House, and a renewed sense of pride and understanding that presents a path forward.


Issac J. Bailey

Issac J. Bailey was born in St. Stephen, South Carolina, and holds a degree in psychology from Davidson College in North Carolina. Having trained at the prestigious Poynter Institute for journalists in St. Petersburg, Florida, he has been a professional journalist for 20 years. He has taught applied ethics at Coastal Carolina University and, as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, has taught journalism at Harvard Summer School. Bailey has won numerous national, state, and local awards for his writings. He currently lives in Myrtle Beach with his wife and children.


Sonam Vashi

Sonam Vashi is a freelance reporter from Atlanta. She often works on stories related to criminal justice, equity, and the South, and her work has appeared with CNN, the Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the Georgia Civil Rights Cold Case Project, among others. Previously, she was a data reporter and a researcher at CNN.