June 25, 2015

The Twelfth Victim: The Innocence of Caril Fugate

The true story of Caril Fugate and Charles Starkweather in the 1958 murder rampage that shocked the nation

today at 5:00 PM PDT on WOMEN BEHIND THE WALL, http://www.blogtalkradio.com. Hosted by Gloria Killian with special guest, John Stevens Barry

March 11, 2015

Truth Shock! US Has More Women In Prison Than India, China and Russia Combined | Social Action 3/2015

 ://socialaction2014.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/truth-shock-us-has-more-women-in-prison-than-india-china-and-russia-combined/#comment

Truth Shock! US Has More Women In Prison Than India, China and Russia Combined

“According to the International Centre for Prison Studies, nearly a third of all female prisoners worldwide are incarcerated in the United States of America. There are 201,200 women in US prisons, representing 8.8 percent of the total American prison population.

China comes a very distant second to the United States with 84,600 female prisoners in total or 5.1% of the overall Chinese prison population. Russia is in third position – 59,000 of its prisoners are women and this comes to 7.8 percent of the total.

Across the world, 625,000 women and children are being held in penal institutions with the female prison population growing on all five continents.”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmcca...

December 13, 2014

THE END OF ONE NIGHTMARE

Appeals Court Dismisses Debra Milke Murder Charges

We have previously posted about the Debra Milke case here and here.

Milke was originally convicted of murder for having her 4-year-old son killed. The conviction rested upon the testimony of a rogue cop, who claims she confessed to him, although there is no documented record of that confession, and Milke denies it ever happened. This officer had a history of substantial misconduct, and that record was withheld from the defense.

In a ruling just today – citing “egregious prosecutorial misconduct,” the Arizona Court of Appeals on Thursday ordered a Maricopa County Superior Court judge to dismiss murder charges against Debra Milke with prejudice, meaning they cannot be brought again.

See the azcentral story here

December 7, 2014

THOUGHTS FROM A VOLUNTEER ON GIFTS FOR IMPRISONED WOMEN

The Prison Ministry, at Emmanuel Church in Thousand Oaks, filled 100 Christmas Gift bags today.  We are scheduled to deliver the bags to Fire Camp 13 on Tuesday evening, December 9th.
This is our fifth year visiting FC 13 at Christmas, and we look forward to this event each year.
My 93-year-old mother will again go with our team to help hand out the gift gags to the women.  Mom hugs each of the women and I know she enjoys this more than they do.  Many of them get tears in their eyes.  We share Christmas messages and sing hymns with them as they look through their gift bags.   A few of the women have said to me, “You do this for us and you don’t even know us.”
Our congregation generously donates to this effort with the items they collect during the year, and with their resources.  For the second year, our youth group at church has helped in purchasing needed items for the gift bags.  We are blessed to be a part of your ministry.
December 7, 2014

ANOTHER WRONGFULLY CONVICTED WOMAN

Belynda Goff Wrongfully Convicted
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elizabeth-weillgreenberg/dear-governor-beebe-pleas_b_6208042.html

November 26, 2014

MAKE THE HOLIDAYS EVEN MORE SPECIAL FOR THE ACTION COMMITTEE FOR WOMEN IN PRISON

Help us when you shop online…its FREE

Even people who don’t shop often shop online this time of year.  Like you, they probably want to make sure Shopping = Giving at stores like Amazon,JCPenny’s, Macys, Nordstrom, and lots, lots more.  As always, it’s completely free, all costs are paid for by the stores. Over 1,500 of the greatest stores participate.

Now is the moment for maximum help for action committee for women in prison.  That’s why we’re giving action committee for women in prison an extra $5 for every new member that tries the iGive Button, even if they don’t end up shopping.

Share now by forwarding this email, posting on Facebook, or even tweeting.
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November 26, 2014

FREEDOM FOR MARISSA ALEXANDER

Marissa Alexander accepts plea deal, is expected to be released in January

Alexander pled guilty to three counts of aggravated assault. She will reportedly be released in January

Katie McDonough
http://www.salon.com/2014/11/24/marissa_alexander_accepts_plea_deal_is_expected_to_be_released_in_january/

After 1,030 days in jail and faced with a possible 60 year sentence for firing a warning shot to ward off her abusive husband, Marissa Alexander accepted a plea agreement on Monday that will likely end her incarceration come January.

As part of the agreement, Alexander pled guilty to three counts of aggravated assault and was sentenced to three years in prison. The 1,030 days she has already spent in jail will be counted toward that sentence, but Alexander will still be incarcerated for another 65 days.

But as the Associated Press reported, the second count against Alexander is considered an “open plea,” meaning that she could still be sentenced to five years at the judge’s discretion. After her release, Alexander will be ordered to spend two years under “community control,” she will be held under house arrest and required to wear a monitoring device.

The plea deal will mean that after more than 1,000 days in jail, after being vilified by state attorney Angela Corey, after being twice denied the ability to invoke stand your ground to justify the warning shot she fired to defend herself against a man who had threatened to kill her — a shot that harmed no one — she will be able to go home.

“The plea deal is a relief in some ways, but this is far from a victory. The deal will help Marissa and her family avoid yet another very expensive and emotionally exhausting trial that could have led to the devastating ruling of spending the rest of her life in prison,” Alisa Bierria, of the Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign, said in a statement.

“Marissa’s children, family, and community need her to be free as soon as possible. However, the absurdity in Marissa’s case was always the fact that the courts punished and criminalized her for surviving domestic violence, for saving her own life. The mandatory minimum sentences of 20 years, and then 60 years, just made the state’s prosecution increasingly shocking. But we have always believed that forcing Marissa to serve even one day in prison represents a profound and systemic attack on black women’s right to exist and all women’s right to self-defense.”

Katie McDonough is Salon’s politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

November 21, 2014

PRISONS AND PROFIT


California voters passed a groundbreaking ballot measure this month that reduces penalties and sentences for non-violent, “non-serious” crimes. Now, the private industry is responding to these changes in public attitudes and declining prison populations by opening up new lines of business.

 A new report released by American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Grassroots Leadership, and the Southern Center for Human Rights highlights the expansion of the private prison industry into other profitable and growing areas in the criminal justice system: prison and jail subcontracted medical care; forensic mental hospitals and civil commitment centers; as well as “community corrections” programs such as probation and halfway houses.

The report authors have named this new expanded private corrections industry as the “treatment industrial complex” via the report. As other states follow California’s lead and pass laws reducing mandatory minimum sentences, the report urges policy makers, advocates and others to ensure that private corporations can’t profit from any part of the criminal justice system. Please read and share the report, The Treatment Industrial Complex: How For-Profit Prison Corporations are Undermining Efforts to Treat and Rehabilitate Prisoners for Corporate Profit

November 18, 2014

REAL JUSTICE…..FINALLY

For the First Time Ever, a Prosecutor Will Go to Jail for Wrongfully Convicting an Innocent Man | Mark Godsey  11.2013


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-godsey/for-the-first-time-ever-a_b_4221000.html

“Today in Texas, former prosecutor and judge Ken Anderson pled guilty to intentionally failing to disclose evidence in a case that sent an innocent man, Michael Morton, to prison for the murder of his wife. When trying the case as a prosecutor, Anderson possessed evidence that may have cleared Morton, including statementsfrom the crime’s only eyewitness that Morton wasn’t the culprit. Anderson sat on this evidence, and then watched Morton get convicted. While Morton remained in prison for the next 25 years, Anderson’s career flourished, and he eventually became a judge.”
November 10, 2014

PROMINENT FEMALE ACTIVIST IN DANGER

Petition · Help free my mother, Souad Al-Shammary, prominent human rights activist and women’s rights advocate · Change.org.

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