“The whole social understanding of battery and abuse has changed since the 1980s and 1990s, when many of these women were convicted. In many of these cases, the abuse was never raised at trial.”The Free Press notes "all of the women in the filings have sought clemency before, and all have been denied," but the Project "files petitions with governors who are nearing the end of their elected terms with the hope that they’ll make decisions without fear of political fallout." According to the article, there are, currently, 372 women are in Michigan prisons serving time for murder. See full article here.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The Detroit Free Press is reporting on the Michigan Women’s Justice and Clemency Project's efforts to secure clemency for ten women convicted of murder. The organization is filing petitions for clemency with Gov. Rick Snyder for the women because they were "victims of domestic violence and didn’t get fair trials." Project director Carol Jacobson further argues, "These women are not a threat to anybody” and