Are prison rehabilitative programs preparing women for release? Hudson Best, North Carolina activist and former inmate, argues that male orientated programs are being hoisted upon women-with poor results. (More)
Lisa Marie Roberts has been freed in Oregon by the federal district court. Her plea of guilty to murder was overturned due to ineffectiveness of counsel.
96% of American criminal trials end in plea bargains. Those who challenge the system and proclaim innocence often face tragic consequences. In 1996, Tammy Traxtle was offered an 18 month plea bargain as an accessory to murder. She went to court, lost, and was sentenced to 25 years to life.
Nevada: Lobato Case-oral hearings to begin in September
Tuesday and Thursday Showers- Reopened at Oregon Women’s Prison!
Mississippi: Sabrina Butler
The Nevada Supreme Court has granted oral hearings in the case of Kirstin Lobato. One of the more bizarre cases in America, Kirstin was convicted as the sole murderer of a police informant who was found with semen in his rectum. My hat is off to Hans Sherrer of Justice Denied for his thousands of hours of pro bono work on this case, including the authorship of two books.
For many months, the showers at the Coffee Creek Correctional Center-Oregon’s only women’s prison-have been shut off on Tuesdays and Thursdays-- ostensibly, to save money. The men’s prisons allow showering every day. Oregon prison activist Martina Vanderhoff threatened an online petition to the governor demanding a reduction of salaries of DOC employees earning yearly salaries of $135,000 or more by 10%, (26 in all). The DOC has relented and promised to return showering rights on Tuesdays and Thursdays. ( More )
America’s sole female death row exoneree is in the news! ( More )
JAPAN: Appeal Rejected
Minako Ohkoshi’s post conviction appeal was rejected by the Sapporo District Court.
Minako was convicted of the murder of a female colleague in 2003. It is quite clear the police know the identity of the real murderer, and Minako was sacrificed as a scapegoat. Having visited her in jail, attended the trial, and leafletted on the streets (photo left), the recent decision stings very deeply.
Minako is one of four women worldwide (two in Japan, two in the USA) who are known to have been vengefully arrested for bringing suit against police departments.
Debra Milke, released from Arizona’s death row last September pending retrial, was featured on Good Morning America. Her attorneys have made a strong case that retrial would constitute double jeopardy.
Know of a case of a woman who has been wrongfully convicted, or overly charged? WCJN is happy to publicize her case. Have something to say about women and criminal justice? Send your opinions to WCJN firstname.lastname@example.org