International Womens Day is almost here. March 8th.
It is times like this that I want so badly to do something drastic, something dramatic to make the world aware of how our women are being treated in prison.
I get asked everyday why I do the things I do.
Im not a feminist. You wont catch me burning my bra anyway.
I do, however, think the world needs to be aware of what happens to women when those iron bars clang shut.
The truth about how the justice system treats women in this country would scare the shit out of Jane Citizen.
Any woman, anywhere in the country could be in the shoes of any one of these women that I work with. Guilty or not guilty, I am here to tell you that it is more a case of wrong place at the wrong time than it is evidence or proof. Take a look at the next one scheduled to die, Cathy Henderson.
This woman is charged with the murder of a child she was babysitting.
She is mildly retarded with no previous criminal history.
She had been the babysitter for the family for several months when she accidentally dropped the baby while playing with him and killed him. She panicked and ran away with his body and buried it. She is scheduled to die this year.
What about Michelle Byrom? She was in the hospital when her husband was killed. Her son admitted to killing his father after watching his mother abused at his hands for years. Abuse that was well documented in the county. The investigation into this murder was shoddy at best by a lame ass country Sheriff that had many personal issues with Michelle. The mistakes and discrepancies in her case have been commented on by Supreme Court Judges and yet she still sits on death row.
Isnt everyone familiar with Texas mom Darlie Routier? Everyone has seen the infamous "silly string" video of her at her sons grave spraying silly string and blowing bubbles. This video was shown to the jury. Do you know what wasnt shown? The first 15 minuets of the video where she is sobbing uncontrollably and vows to gather herself together enough to celebrate her sons birthday with the toy he loved most. How about that hair that was found at the crime scene that belongs to no one. I would want to know who that belongs to before I convicted her to death, wouldnt you? Texas didnt.
I get mad, I get sad and I get emotional over these women and I wont stop until you do too.