If I Should Die Before I Wake; Women On Death Row

A social worker doing research on female offenders, O’Shea tells the stories of women on death row in US prisons. She offers neither a treatise against the death penalty nor an apologia for female innocence, but focuses on the interconnectedness of women’s lives, juxtaposing experiences of the convicts with her own on the outside

Women Behind The Wall

The only show in the nation for, by and about incarcerated women. The moving and compelling stories on how they got there and why so many deserve their freedom…

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Darlie Routier- Guilty Of Innocence

Darlie Lynn Routier was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of one of her three sons, Damon Christian Routier. Her oldest son, Devon Rush Routier, was also brutally murdered. Her youngest son, Drake, was safe in his crib, upstairs with her husband. Evidence of Innocence has been found. Had this evidence been presented at trial, no jury would have ever convicted her. The evidence presented here is already public knowledge. A large deal of further evidence of innocence is being withheld for court appeal.

New evidence can also be found in DNA testing that needs to be done. DNA figures highly in a majority of Exonerations and DNA testing that was granted in 2008 is being done now on only a few items and we need to be able to conduct testing of all items at Federal level. We were not granted testing for the crucial items.

For us to be successful, we need the help of the public in the form of financial donations. Darlie Lynn’s family can no longer do this on their own. Please help us fight against a wrongful conviction. Watch this video, and others that will be appearing here. There are many working on Darlie’s case. Some of us work Pro Bono, some require to be paid (Forensic Experts, other Investigations people).

We will fight to the very end for Darlie’s life. Darlie has maintained her innocence since day one. The sad fact is that she is on Death Row awaiting a date with disaster….and she is telling the truth. The proof is there in many forms and Texas, soon, will no longer be free to deny Darlie her right to life and her freedom.

Ways to donate are near the end of the video, so please pause them and write the information down.

I thank you for watching and I think it goes without saying…

Thank you to those who have donated in the past and thank you to those who donate in the future. God Bless you all.

Precious Freedom

Freedom is what makes the very best possibilities possible. It is truly a treasure that nothing else can replace.
Freedom does not guarantee any specific result, and that is in fact its beauty. Instead, freedom gives you the priceless opportunity to create your own results.

Freedom taps into the awesome power of each unique individual. Freedom is the fertile ground from which magnificent achievements spring forth with unceasing vigor.

The demands of freedom are great. To live with freedom requires effort and discipline, commitment and sacrifice.

Yet the rewards of freedom are even greater. For in freedom you truly become the best you can be.

Resolve today, and every day, to make the most of the precious freedom that is yours.

— Ralph Marston

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What If This Were Your Grandmother?

Jan. 12, 2010
A Florida grandmother was arrested for driving on a suspended or
revoked license and spent 15 days in jail — including Thanksgiving —
before being released, the Miami Herald reported on Tuesday.

The 78-year-old woman, Gabrielle Shaink Trudeau, was initially pulled
over in September for driving too slowly. She was then issued a
ticket for driving on a suspended or revoked license. After failing
to show up for a court appearance, a judge issued an arrest warrant
for the criminal charge that carries a penalty of up to a year in
jail and a $1,000 fine.

Ten days after the ticket was issued, Shaink Trudeau received a
letter from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles,
saying that her driving privileges were restored pending further
review. While she believed her driving troubles were solved, the
letter was actually in response to another incident.

In November, police arrested Shaink Trudeau at her home.
“They came on real strong, like I had killed somebody or something,”
she told the Miami Herald of the arrest.

Public defenders failed to appear at her initial court appearance,
and no assistant public defender met with Shaink Trudeau at the
Broward County Jail, the newspaper reported. On the morning of her
initial appearance, the pretrial services division found that Shaink
Trudeau was eligible for pretrial release on her own recognizance,
but failed to alert the judge of that, the newspaper reported.

Finally, at her arraignment on Dec. 2, 15 days after her arrest,
prosecutors dropped the charges against her.

“She’s handcuffed like Houdini, for the record. She’s got chains
around her waist, and she’s got handcuffs in front around her hands
as if she was some kind of a violent criminal,” the judge said at
her final hearing on Dec. 2, according to the newspaper. “I want her
released. I think she’s suffered enough at our system’s mistakes.”

© 2010 msnbc.com



It is our mission to protect the rights of women in Florida state prisons, cooperatively working for justice to improve the conditions of confinement, to free those wrongly convicted and to work with attorneys that specialize in clemency and parole for those who deserve their freedom. We are a grassroots organization mobilizing to change the criminal justice system in the United States however we are not lawyers and we are not qualified to provide direct legal assistance.

Initially, we are focusing our efforts in helping Florida female inmates and their families because of our founder’s personal experience within FDOC and for the women she left behind. We will look to expand our efforts nationwide as possible. Ultimately, we want to END violence against women everywhere. Although women are the fastest growing segment of the inmate population, they are still outnumbered by about 10-1 by males and need our voice…