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Sarah Pearce Freed in Idaho after nearly 12 years in prison
Sarah Pearce hugs her aunt as she leaves the Canyon County, Idaho Jail. Her mother and champion Anita Brown looks on.
From Idaho Innocence Project press release:
After over twelve years of incarceration, Sarah Pearce’s quest for freedom ended today when she was granted post-conviction relief in the District Court of Idaho’s Third Judicial District. Sarah (31) was convicted of six felonies in 2003, including aiding and abetting the 2000 attempted murder of Linda LeBrane. She was sentenced to a fifteen year determinate period of incarceration with an indeterminate life sentence. Sarah has always steadfastly maintained her innocence.
After over five years of litigation, post-conviction relief was granted in the form of Sarah being resentenced to time served. Sarah said she looks forward to spending time with her family, jogging, attending school, and volunteering for the IIP. At the hearing Pearce said “This is a tragic misidentification … I did…
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Stop Mass Incarceration
Petitioning Governor Richard Scott and 3 others
END MASS INCARCERATION,BRING BACK PAROLE TO FLORIDA & REDUCE TIME SERVED FROM 85% TO 65%
Greg Smart killer’s parole hearing set: WMUR story, and statement by Eleanor Pam
WMUR broadcast this report about William Flynn’s March 12 parole hearing. Eleanor Pam’s full statement about the upcoming parole hearing, which appears below, was also posted by WMUR along with its story.
“William Flynn is being given the opportunity to go before a parole board as he seeks early release from prison for the crime of murdering Gregg Smart in cold blood. Pamela Smart, who had no role in the murder and was 50 miles away at the time, has no such luxury. She is serving the draconian sentence of life without the possibility of parole.
“How can a self-confessed killer like Flynn perjure himself, blame Pamela Smart for his own actions, and then receive the benefits of freedom and a reclaimed life? How can he be rewarded while she is endlessly punished, incarcerated for the rest of her natural life?
“It is past time for the state of New Hampshire…
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09/18/14 Cape May Beach
Here is a series from Cape May in September. I think Cape May has the prettiest beach on the Jersey shore.
Women Outlawz: Politriks of Gender and Resistance in the US Criminal Justice System
Inmates Should Form a Union
Prison Uncensored - The Truth Behind the Bars
Inmates should form a union.
Say that line and all manner of objections will arise. “Criminals should not say how they will live their punishment.” “This is a terrible idea – Guards and staff are in charge of the prison, not a bunch of illiterate scum bags.” On and on.
Stop a minute. Think of the idea. Recall the famous line: “Everything that rises, must converge.” It’s the title of the book Flannery O’Connor was working on when she died. But it has a philosophical meaning also – people or a group of people who rise up will converge or meet with the very people who opposed them. If a group of convicts struggle to change the rules they live under, they may or may not succeed. But they will learn what the staff, the guards, are like and they will come to respect them, even if they don’t agree…
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