Trying to come up with the right words. The ones that will want you to show compassion. The ones that will prove that the females should get a chance to prove themselves as respectable, loving, and law-abiding citizens. We want everyone to realize females are dealing with gender and justice daily. Our system is very obvious that males rule. We are only asking for a fair playing ground. The peers when females make mistakes, they are held harder by our judicial system. That males are for some reason allowed to make mistakes. Females are not supposed to commit crimes.
A large number of these female lifers have never been in trouble before this incarceration. Some were on drugs, no excuse, some were protecting their family. They felt there was no option left. And the final one was the hardest. They are the ones were wrongfully convicted. Such as in my case. Females are not raised to be fighters. But, they will fight tooth and nail to protect her kids and husband. Yet, if you put them in a situation where they have to fight for themselves, they can’t do the long haul of the battle. Then after several denials and seeing females who go for commutation being denied. They get no outside help from organization, lawyers, and colleges. It’s hard for them to handle disappointment over and over. Our judicial system has been blatantly concerning gender bias. Against females. Which keeps females at bay.
Since 1991, only two females have been commuted. That’s 28 years which means one female every 14 years. So why would they fight.
In 2002 Phyllis Kraut was denied at hearing. In 2004 Phyllis Kraut was denied hearing.
In 2004 Phoebe Tomet was denied at hearing.
This is all the females I’ve been able to locate from 1998 to present. The legal system itself has stopped females dead in their tracks with all the attempts.
These are the numbers since 1987 (committed):
281 heard by board (2 female)
130 were recommended
These numbers are proof that males are considered and females are not considered sound serious buyers. How is this not gender genocide? Political. You’re not even giving females a chance to prove how much change has occurred, we’ll live productive lives as good citizens. So many deserve a second chance. Based on their work, unit, and school reports. Some lifers have even gotten the lowest level possible as a lifer. Based on their actions, trust me. And don’t get me wrong. Some female should never go home.
I was convicted on the weakest circumstantial evidence possible. If a male was being accused of murder based on this evidence they would have been offered a deal to a lesser crime. Because, with each appeal it became very apparent how bad the states case against me was and how bad of a job my own lawyer did for me. Even the judge at my PC or a hearing on page 130 had stated:
“The Commonwealth had no evidence. And they are not arguing so” but, still he denied my appeal.
If organizations, colleges or lawyers were to learn that a male, especially if he was black, was wrongfully convicted. They would be knocking down his door to help him. How many times have you seen the newspapers or on TV about a male (black or white) being vindicated. Walking into his family‘s arms? Now how many females have you seen in the news being vindicated? Under two that I know of in the last 20 years. I was praying I would have been one to be on the news. Your answer to the question also proves gender genocide by our own judicial system. And other programs that help the wrongfully convicted. Only good if your male. All we want is an equal playing field. So when will females be free? (Commuted or paroled). We need as much help with the HB 135 as possible. This bill needs to be passed. Once passed, hopefully then females will finally get the same chance to finally walk free as males. Someone should do some kind of survey of males and females being convicted of the same crime. And why did the female get a worse sentence than the males. Why are males offered more deals? Think about how much the state will save if they would either parole or commute females over 50 years and 15 years incarcerated. They could save enough and use the money towards educating today’s lads about crime and punishment. End so many future incarceration.
Finally, I want to thank all the brothers in the male prisons who realize the gender bias and want to help females to finally go home. Thanks for caring, your compassion for wanting to help change the injustice that is happening in our legal system to females is kind.
Keep praying for us.