Thursday, November 4, 2010
Carol Jacobsen, director of Michigan Women’s Justice & Clemency Project at the University of Michigan is calling on the Governor to "leave a powerful legacy of human rights" by having the "courage to commute the sentences of battered women prisoners who acted to save their own lives but did not receive fair trials based on the facts of their cases." Jacobsen, writing in the Detroit Free Press, says this would be particularly appropriate as Michigan law is "seriously outdated and inadequate to address survivors of domestic violence who act in their own defense." She also notes other governors have released battered women prisoners as they left office. See full article here.