How did you first become aware that K-11 existed?
JS: I was on a television pilot, and one of the guys that was working on the pilot as well came to me and said, “I have this idea, I want to make a script about K-11 and I thought maybe you would write it with me.” So I did some research and found out what it was and I thought, this is so unique, it’s so original, nobody’s ever done it before.
So what exactly is K-11?
JS: K-11 is a specific dorm in Los Angeles Men’s County Jail that houses the gay and transgender inmates. It’s the only place in the jail system where race is not an issue, because everybody in there, the common thread is that they’re gay or transgender.
You have an incredibly talented family. You must be very proud. As a mother, how did you foster creativity within your children?
JS: Well I tried to raise my kids…I didn’t raise then to be children, I raised them to be adults. That a concept that might be lost on a lot of people. I also tried to make them understand that it’s OK to make mistakes, so don’t be afraid to have a go at doing something different. And in that vein of ‘I’m interested in this, let’s try it, let’s see what happens’ my kids have always been the first ones on the line ready to have a go at something different. And it’s OK to fail, because that’s how you learn, when you fail.
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