11/26/12

Terrible Tutwieler

I write to Shonda Johnson in Alabama's Tutwieler Prison. I have written to her for many years and consider her a pseudo-sister. I do not believe she is guilty of the crimes she has been convicted of. Much like Darlie Routier, Shonda has been convicted solely on the basis of her actions and lifestyle.

But I digress. This post is about Christie Michelle Scott VIA Shonda Johnson. My long time readers know that I am inclined to be that epitome of American justice and actually believe someone is innocent until proven guilty.

I often believe the underdog because I dont quite trust that those in power have the purest of intentions. Heresay and accusations from every Tom, Dick and harry does not a guilty person make. However, when the heresay comes from the gals that live within feet of her  24/7 you tend to believe it.

I had asked Shonda about the rapes and harassment reportedly happening there in Tutwieler. She confirmed it and told me of a few women who have been pregnant and then beaten until they miscarried. She went on to say that since she had been there for so long it was easier to deal with but the newer girls were tormented to almost paralysis. Not just by the guards either but by inmates. One particular inmate, Christie Michelle Scott.

Christie was given life without the possibility of parole for setting her 5 year old autistic son on fire in his own bed the day after she took out an insurance policy on him. The judge overruled the jury’s recommendation and gave her death.
I was so surprised by that. I had read online about her many support groups and legions of believers and supporters. I relayed that to Shonda and I could almost hear her stifled laughter before I opened the envelope.

“That’s really hilarious some people say Christie is innocent. Everyone here says she’s shown her true colors by the things she does here. That’s one thing that makes us believe she did it. She does evil stuff like write letters requesting to get someone fired or in trouble and sign other people names to it. She touches and grabs in a sexual way at the new girls and scares them to death.”

“She admitted to all of us that she lied on her ex-husband and said he started the fire and she said to everyone that she waited for 30 minutes the night of the fire to tell her neighbor that her son was inside the house.”

Then just for good measure she threw in:

“I don’t know how true it is but rumor has it the fire fighters beat the crap out of her on the scene because they knew that it had been set from the inside. When we asked her about that she just laughed and shook her head.”

11/15/12

The News From Inside- Muncy Womens Prison, PA

The women I have written about in the Kindle Single 'Bitches"  all live in Muncy. When we were on speaking terms I heard much about the abuse and rape of the girls at the hands of the guards. Not only men guards, either. I suppose it is of no real surprise that these women are so irrational. They are living in a surreal existance. 

The News from Inside

Sexual harassment and medical neglect at women’s state prison: Two recent reports from women incarcerated at SCI Muncy women's prison describe how on certain units, male prison guards are permitted to come into the bathrooms while the women are using the toilet or showering, and that shower curtains are not tall enough to maintain privacy. The women describe these policies as inappropriate and harmful to their feelings of safety and privacy. One woman reported that male guards have been fired for sexual harassment and escorted off the grounds of the institution, but that policies claim that institutional security trump the needs of individual safety and privacy.
An additional report from an anonymous prisoner describes another woman, Josette Wakely, being brutally beaten by her cellmate on March 3. Surrounding prisoners hit their alert buttons, informing prison guards McElroy and Lorico that Wakely was being beaten and raped. The officers responded by threatening to write up anyone who disturbed them again. It was only after the attacker rang her alert button to inform the officers of what she had done that they attended to the injured woman. Josette Wakely was life-flighted out of the institution and sustained scars and bruises.
Also at Muncy, an anonymous prisoner reported the wrongful death of Tonya Green on April 20, due to medical neglect.  The reports that "Green had a history of medical issues and was put in [solitary confinement] after she could not get up from the sidewalk, after they allowed her to stay there for half an hour.  They knew this woman was in pain.  After she cried out while in [solitary] no one attended her.  Later that night she died." A memorial service was held for Tonya Green at the SCI Muncy chapel. http://hrcoalition.org/

11/5/12

Woman crusades to save sister’s life, end the death penalty - The Washington Post

Woman crusades to save sister’s life, end the death penalty - The Washington Post:


Woman crusades to save sister’s life, end the death penalty

By Tracy Simmons| Religion News Service, 

SPOKANE, Wash. — They stood in front of a shopping mall, shackled together, heads down, nameplates dangling around their necks, bearing the names of men and women who have died on America’s death row.
Cal Brown.
Teresa Lewis.
Cameron Todd Willingham.
Behind them, stood Victoria Ann Thorpe, dark makeup painted on her cheeks and a sign painted to look like blood stains waving above her head: “Their blood is on our hands.”
Somehow, despite Thorpe’s gory exterior, she’s approachable.
“Would you like information on the death penalty?” she asks shoppers as they exit the mall, unable to avert their eyes from the scene in front of them. She hands them a clipboard and one by one, they fill out postcards showing their support to abolish the death penalty in Washington. The cards will later be sent to state lawmakers. The group has also protested at Gonzaga University and so far has collected more than 200 signatures.
Thorpe, along with the Safe and Just Alternatives organization and The Inland Northwest Death Penalty Abolition Group, is seeking to pass a state law to replace the death penalty in Washington state with life without parole.
Some passersby wave Thorpe away. Some argue.
“The Bible says eye for an eye,” says one man, clutching a novel by Frank Peretti, a popular Christian fiction author.
“I understand sir, but...”
He interrupts, anger rising, “If you want to let them all go, then you can’t complain when they come into your house and kill you!”
He storms away.
What the man doesn’t know is that Thorpe’s older sister, Kerry Lyn Dalton, has been on California’s death row for almost 18 years. (On Nov. 6, Californians will vote on a ballot initiative that will decide whether to replace the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole.)
Thorpe remembers when she got that phone call in 1992.
“Vickie, I been arrested for something — something real bad ... You’ll see it in the paper but don’t believe it! Not any of it!,”
Kerry, a methamphetamine addict, had called for help before. But this was different. Her words were mumbled. Her voice was nasally. She was hysterical.
“They say I — I — I killed someone.”
Thorpe writes about the phone call in her new book, “Cages” where she tells the story of her troubled childhood and her sister’s murder trial. She also writes about her own spiritual transformation from “Bible toting right-wing Christian...(who) wore long loose dresses and sensible shoes” to a survivor of spiritual abuse, forging her own divine path.
“Women were worthless in my family, absolutely worthless,” she recalls.
Today, she considers herself a spiritual person, but not somebody who subscribes to a particular denomination — anything that stands for compassion is something she can support, she says.
There’s no evidence of such fragmented confidence when Thorpe speaks publicly about her sister, about “Cages,” or about the injustices of the death penalty. With a tender smile she responds to all questions and contentions.
No, she says, the death penalty isn’t a violent crime deterrent.
No, she says, life without parole isn’t more expensive than an execution.
No, she says, her sister didn’t kill Irene “Melanie” Louise May.
Dalton was accused of torturing and murdering May in 1988 at a mobile home park in Live Oak Springs, California. She was arrested in 1992, convicted of first degree murder in 1995, and sentenced to death by lethal injection.
In “Cages,” Thorpe explains that her sister was sentenced based on hearsay evidence. According to court records, Dalton allegedly killed May using a cast-iron frying pan, a knife and a syringe filled with battery acid. But there was no crime scene, she notes. No evidence. Not even a dead body; May was never found.
Thorpe, who spent three years writing “Cages” and has re-read the 4,000 page court transcript again and again, maintains that her sister was wrongly accused as a way to get attention off the San Diego Metropolitan Homicide Task Force, which had been unable to solve a series of serial murders in the area.
“By the end of the book I think there should be a sinking feeling of’Oh, wait a minute, how’d they convict her?’” Thorpe says.
Dalton is still waiting for her first appeal.
“My viewpoint used to be that the system was wonderful and perfect and only out for justice,” Thorpe said in interview. “I thought the district attorney was the truth seeker. And I thought prosecutors were looking for the truth. Nope.”
Thorpe, of course, wants her sister’s case re-examined. But, she says, even if her sister were guilty, “I wouldn’t want her tortured in a cage, waiting to be killed, like she is now.”
And Dalton literally is living in a cage — nine cells with a’cage’ over it where she lives with 19 other women at the Central California’s Women’s Facility. (Some of the women sleep outside of the cage because of space limitations). The special enclosure was built in 1991 when the first women were sent there to await execution.
“It’s just like a zoo cage. It’s heavy mesh with a metal roof. Nobody goes in, and nobody goes out,” Thorpe described.
The death penalty is legal in 33 states, including Washington, which has seven people “on the row.” But there has been an increased focus on the justice of the system. Since 1992, 15 death row inmates have been wrongfully accused and released back into society, according to The Innocence Project.
Thorpe believes there are numerous innocent people in prison, but says that’s not the only reason why she wants the death penalty abolished. She says the death penalty is itself an evil that ruins lives by promoting revenge.
‘The death penalty doesn’t work, we cannot reconcile the past,” she said. “It stigmatizes the convicted as monsters, allowing us not to think of them as humans, taking away the guilt ... and allowing the state to kill another human being.”
Jesus, she says, wouldn’t stand for such a thing.
“Nothing that he did or said can be manipulated into harshness. He’s an example of a loving human being,” she said, adding that people need to learn a convict’s story, before judging them.
“I believe good is at the heart of everything and love is at the heart of everything and pain and hate comes from hurt and injury.”

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11/4/12

Life Without Parole: A Different Death Penalty | The Nation

Life Without Parole: A Different Death Penalty | The Nation

11/3/12

San Jose police: Woman kills boyfriend at party - San Jose Mercury News

San Jose police: Woman kills boyfriend at party - San Jose Mercury News:

Anna Khoun, 20, was booked into the Elmwood Correctional Complex in Milpitas in connection with the death of 26-year-old Stockton resident Sovannara Liv, her boyfriend.
So far the news is she was abused for a long period of time and the two got into an argument at this party.
She shot him but it is still unclear if it was intentional but lets face it. It was intentional. Why? That part we don't know.