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Update on Ashlee Martinson Wisconsin

You might remember Ashlee. We talked about her in March.  She is the teenage horror blogger who murdered her parents. She stabbed and shot her mother and step-father and then locked her three sisters in the basement. She had been arguing with her step father over her much older boyfriend. After the crime she fled to Indiana to be with him. She was charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and three counts of false imprisonment. This month, she entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Part of the case building against her entails the lurid description of her crime that she blogged about under the name VampChick. The next step is for her to undergo psychiatric counselling before she returns to court for a hearing on the 28th of September 2015.

How California’s Prison Reform Law Will Fight Overincarceration of Women

How California’s Prison Reform Law Will Fight Overincarceration of Women Dani McClain When major strides are made in criminal justice reform—as just happened in California with the passage of Proposition 47, a law that will reduce penalties for nonviolent, low-level crimes—we tend to assume that those who will directly benefit are men of color, particularly black men. After all, if current incarceration trends continue, one in three black males born today can expect to do time in prison. Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, has stunned audiences nationwide by reporting that more black men are in prison or jail, or on probation or parole today than were enslaved in 1850. But while statistics like these are devastating, it’s also true that the number of women behind bars has spiked in recent decades. In the past thirty years, women have entered US prisons at nearly double the rate of men. The population of people housed in women’s jails and prisons has grown by more than

Why Prison Reform Is Good for All of Us

David Chura Teacher, Author, "I Don't Wish Nobody to Have a Life Like Mine: Tales of Kids in Adult Lockup" Suggest that the way to end recidivism is to reform the prison system, and you might be accused of caring more about criminals than the crimes they commit. It's happened to me. Often when I write or give a talk about my work with minors in adult prison, I describe the deplorable conditions in which inmates live, and advocate for reform of those conditions. Inevitably someone comments (and not always politely) that I'm "soft on crime," that I don't care about victims. But this is how I see it. Given our present prison system with its emphasis on punishment and retribution, everybody suffers. Inmates, correctional officers, victims, the average citizen and taxpayer. Prisons are violent, toxic places. They are often overcrowded and smelly with the soup of open toilets, the effluence of crammed together bodies under stress with little or no

Terri-Lynne McClintic Canada

My next book will be about Terri-Lynne McClintic, a Canadian version of Judith Neelley or Janeen Snyder. She, in conjunction with her boyfriend, Michael Thomas Rafferty kidnapped, raped and murdered a tiny little girl.  Terri-Lynne McClintic pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. She was sentenced to life in prison in 2010. These cases with young impressionable girls who murdered alongside much older, violent men are concerning enough but what interests me about Terri-Lynne's case is her own violent and troubling childhood. Small, sweet Tori Stafford was only eight years old when the murderous pair abducted, sexually assaulted and killed her in 2009. “I savagely murdered that little girl,” said McClintic during her trial and she shocked the entire courtroom with her admission of guilt. Testimony abounded showing her devious ways throughout her life, including microwaving her own dog until it screamed in pain. She has very obviously been a troubled child long before she commit

Jodi Arias - Arizona

We now have the lovely and controversial Jodi Arias as a contributing member of our little true crime home online. She asks that people send in questions to ask her and she will answer weekly. Pretty cool, huh?

A Member of our Family Needs Help

I like to think of us all as a big family here at Woman Condemned, my readers, the prisoners and moi. Some of you have donated to the prisoner funds and to the blog upkeep along the years. Yesterday a reader reached out to me for help. Charlotte is a fan of my books and a true crime enthusiast. She is also a daughter, friend and lastly, a  beaten and abused wife. Like many in her shoes, Charlotte endured the abuse for years before leaving, only to move on to a relatives home where she is now emotionally abused and berated. Leaving everything she had in the marital home in order to escape on the spur, she now has nothing and is stuck in an equally abusive situation. She needs help to get on her feet and live a life that any woman deserves. Even a $5 donation can help. Please consider donating to this woman's cause and helping her start a life without pain.

Female Inmate Turns Comic Book Hero

Eileen Huber and Cohorts I'm very pleased to say Eileen Huber is on her way to making one of her dreams a reality. I was lucky enough to make the acquaintance of Silver Phoenix Comics Publisher Charles D. Moisant when I was a guest at the Dark History Convention last September. He decided we should work together and I wholeheartedly agreed and immediately thought of Eileen. Eileen was involved in the 1991 mall killings in California . Afraid of the violent man she was with and abused herself, she went along on a robbing and killing spree with her older boyfriend. She was basically a child when she committed her crimes and has grown up in prison. She works daily to make amends for her wrongs and change the world just a tiny bit in whatever way she can. She has long dreamed of helping teen girls in group homes and reformatories. She hopes to deter them from living the life she did. Charles behind my BF & I After a few conferences with Charles we finally got the ball

Pam Moss on Kelly Gissendaner

Pam Moss is serving life without parole for the gory murder of her business partner, Doug Coker. She owed him almost $100,000 and when he came to collect it she killed him with a claw hammer and kept part of his skull in a jar in the kitchen. I received a letter from Pam in March when the execution of Kelly Gissendaner seemed imminent. It gives insight to Kelly's arrival at the prison from the other inmates point of view. Click on it to read it.