Guest Post from Softheart at www.prisontalk.com forums.
WOMEN ON DEATH ROW
You may want to write to one of the 50 women on death row in the USA,
because: many have been abused sexually, physically, and mentally all their lives. Added to
this is the often brutal, abusive, degrading, and inhuman treatment by prison guards and officials.
A third of the women surveyed said that corrections officers watch them when they use the
toilet, shower or change clothes. Many women on death row live in almost complete isolation, which puts them at a serious risk of developing mental illness, or exacerbating existing mental
In Florida,Sunny Jacobs who was on death row there for 18 years before being exonerated and released, lost the use of her vocal cords for some time because of the complete isolation
of her imprisonment. (Unfortunately, her boy friend who was also exonerated had already been
executed). A guard who felt sorry for her gave her some money so she could get a bus away from the prison when she was released. Sunny was never indemnified by the State of Florida for her false inhuman imprisonment and near execution.
Prison is a very lonely place. You must always be on guard and very careful in trusting anyone. May of these women, as it is for many prisoners, have lost contact with family or friends. Women on Death Row also must deal with problems similar to those men on death row contend
with, such as ineffective and inadequate defense counsel; misconduct by prosecutors or the police; struggles with drug and alcohol addictions; and having their co-defendant receive a reduced non-death sentence for
testifying against them.