“The media has defined her. She is not that person, this is not her story.” (Eleanor Pam on WABC radio)

Originally posted on Pamela Smart:

Eleanor Pam appeared on Pat Kiernan and Rita Cosby’s WABC News Talk Radio program, The Ride Home, this evening to talk about the two significant recent developments: the CAPTIVATED movie, and that “the two gunman who killed Gregory Smart are getting out of prison.”  Eleanor Pam’s segment starts at 16:30 into the program and runs to 23:10.

Guest co-host Ellis Henican referred to the controversy swirling around the airing of the documentary last evening.  Cosby, who has interviewed Pam at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility recounted that Pam was “a very different personality” than she had been led to expect from the press treatment of her.

Eleanor Pam is hoping that the movie will help change hearts and minds about the stereotype of who Pam is.

Pull-out quotes from the program:

People hate Pamela Smart… for the sin, not for the crime.

“The media has defined her.  She is…

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What I’m Watching Now: HBO’s ‘Captivated’ reveals why we love vilifying pretty girls

Originally posted on Pamela Smart:

Melissa Maerz has written What I’m Watching Now: HBO’s ‘Captivated’ reveals why we love vilifying pretty girls at Entertainment Weekly.  It’s a thoughtful piece about Pamela Smart’s trial, the film CAPTIVATED, and – as the title says – vilifying pretty girls, drawing parallels to Lindy Chamberlain, Cynthia Sommer, and Amanda Knox.  

Some quotes from the article:

Now, upon hearing the name “Pamela Smart,” your brain probably sorted through its file cabinet and plucked out this photo, recalling the 24-year-old blonde and her 1991 murder trial. I thought I knew all the details myself…  And now everyone knows the story by heart. Right?  Not so much. After watching Captivated, the only thing I knew for certain was that I didn’t know anything. And I’m not the only one: Even people involved in the case sometimes get the details wrong…

The most fascinating thing about the Smart case is that while she…

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Thank you, 60,000 times, from Pamela Smart’s team of supporters

Originally posted on Pamela Smart:

We had nearly 60,000 page-views of pamelasmart.com in August, and many offers of support and help.  Thank you!

If you are new to this site, please read as much of it as you can.  If you would like to make contact with Pamela Smart, her family and her supporters, please contact Dr. Elanor Pam through email.

We urge you to see the HBO documentary film, CAPTIVATED The Trials of Pamela Smart.  It does not advocate for guilt or innocence, but does examine the many irregularities of Pamela Smart’s trial, the role of the media in the trial verdict, and the unfairness of the sentencing.

And we urge you to sign the petition on change.org, addressed to the New Hampshire governor and executive council, seeking a sentence reduction, commutation, or parole for Pamela Smart.

If you have other questions about this site you may address them to our webmaster.

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Extreme Sentencing Laws Are Not Smart

ACLU – Extreme sentencing laws have pushed the number of people in American jails and prisons to over 2.3 million — with more than half imprisoned for nonviolent crimes. These unnecessarily long sentences have led to bloated, overcrowded prisons and wasted billions of taxpayer dollars that could be better invested in our communities. 

Right now, we have a unique opportunity to rein in mass incarceration for people in the federal system. Congress members on both sides of the aisle have joined together in support of the Smarter Sentencing Act — a bill that could roll back some extreme federal mandatory minimum sentences.

If thousands of us put pressure on our congress members, we can reduce draconian sentencing laws that tear apart families.

Take action now: ask Congress to roll back federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws by scheduling and passing the Smarter Sentencing Act – before they leave for home on Aug 1st.

To U.S. Congress

It’s time to reform mandatory minimum sentencing policies that are extreme, ineffective, and waste taxpayer dollars.Pass the bipartisan Smarter Sentencing Act, which will give judges the ability to determine sentences that fit the crime.

Sign Petition

Sheriff Replaces Jail’s Orange Jumpsuits Because Orange Is The New Black Made Them Too “Cool”

Reb McFarland:

Because spending $$$ on new jumpsuits is absolutely the best use of taxpayer dollars, right?

Originally posted on TIME:

A local Michigan sheriff is afraid that Orange Is The New Black, the hit Netflix series about female prisoners, has made orange jumpsuits a popular fashion statement. So now inmates at Saginaw County Jail have to wear black-and-white striped jumpsuits instead of orange ones, according to The Saginaw Newsand MLive.com.

“Some people think it’s cool to look like an inmate of the Saginaw County Jail with wearing all orange jumpsuits out at the mall or in public,” Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel told The Saginaw Newsand MLive.com. “We do have our inmates out sometimes doing work in the public, and I don’t want anyone to confuse them or have them walk away.”

MORE: Princesses in Prison: Watch a Very Entertaining Mashup of Frozen and Orange Is the New Black

MORE: REVIEW: The Dark Optimism of Orange Is the New Black Season Two

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Get 16-Year-Old Trans Girl “Jane Doe” Out Of Prison!

WatchDog.net – “A 16-year-old transgender girl in Connecticut has been incarcerated in an adult men’s prison for nearly a month — and she still hasn’t been charged or convicted of a single crime.

“Jane Doe” was living in a home for traumatized youth when authorities claim she attacked a staffer. But no criminal charges are even pending against her.

Instead, the teen has suffered in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT for weeks without treatment or educational training  — and instead of letting her go, the Department of Correction wants to send her to a men’s prison where she’ll be at high risk of abuse and sexual assault!

Please, join us in calling on Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy to release “Jane Doe” from prison and return her to state custody, placing her in a juvenile facility with kids of her gender if the state still plans to press charges!”