It is only through your support that change can happen!

 

If everyone could imagine what it is like to live in fear 24/7 and then spend decades in prison for protecting your life and the lives of your children. This is a reality for many women across the country, and there is NO greater gift of love this February than donating toward incarcerated battered women’s freedom under the new “Sin by Silence Bills Fund” in support of California’s AB 593 & AB 1593.

Beginning in February 2013, Every 9 Seconds is partnering with Sin by Silence, to highlight the cases of domestic violence survivors who have spent decades behind bars in an unjust justice system. This team tirelessly worked to help pass California’s “Sin by Silence Bills (AB 593 & AB 1593) to ensure that freedom is an option for survivors who have spent decades behind bars for defending their lives.

Our first recipient of fund will be Glenda Crosley, who received a sentence of 15-years-to-life and has now served 23 years behind bars. Despite new laws that allow courts to consider a woman’s previous abuse in such cases, Glenda remains in prison. Now, at age 68, Glenda now has the opportunity to submit a petition to the court under the new California laws. After decades, she finally can take the steps toward reuniting with her family after decades behind bars.

All funds raised for the Sin by Silence Bills Fund will go towards the legal expenses to help women, like Glenda Crosley, petition the courts to be resentenced under today’s laws. Once the fund total has been met we will continue each month to raise funds for the remaining 70 survivors awaiting legal counsel. Show your love and support by doing your part to help these women regain their freedom under AB 593 & AB 1593. Let’s all give and say “Enough is Enough”.
 

 

 

You can also mail in your donations to the address below with your check made out to “Every 9 Seconds.”

Every 9 Seconds
P.O. Box 901
San Jacinto, California 92581

Every 9 Seconds is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code


 

 

FIRST SURVIVOR RECIPIENT:

 


 
Glenda Crosley endured 24 years of an abusive marriage. Over 2 decades of disguising her bruised and battered body. By the time Glenda was put behind bars for defending her life and killing her abusive husband in 1988, she felt worthless.

Glenda received a sentence of 15-years-to-life and has now served 22 years behind bars. When is enough, enough?

Despite new laws that allow courts to consider a woman’s previous abuse in such cases, Glenda remains in prison. Now, at age 68, Glenda falls through the cracks. She was allowed to present a “Battering and Its’ Effects” defense, the first time it was ever used in a California courtroom, but the judge’s instructions to the jury made sure that the evidence was not given its proper weight in court.

As Glenda states, “I arrived in prison a broken woman. I viewed myself as a failure to motherhood, marriage, society and God. Today, I have found my voice. I now know courage and strength in spite of the odds. Now with purpose, I vow to empower women in bringing understanding to those who have failed to change their way of thinking.“

 

THE SIN BY SILENCE BILLS:

AB 593:
When Brenda Clubine was on trial, no evidence or testimony of abuse was legally allowed in court as there was no legal definition or defense related to her type of crime. The judges only allowed the snapshot of the crime and no evidence as a defense of what led up to the crime. It wasn’t until 1992 that Intimate Partner Battering and its Effects was allowed as a defense to submit abuse evidence and help explain the circumstances and psyche that led to the crime. Yet, this law did not apply retroactively to help victims sentenced before 1992.

Because of this new law and precedence of utilizing a defense for abuse related cases, in 2002 California passed Penal Code 1473.5 which allows incarcerated victims of domestic violence, who were convicted of crimes relating to their experiences of being abused prior to 1992, to submit a petition that includes the evidence that should have been admitted in their original trials. As a result, nearly 30 women have been released. Yet, there are still a remaining 50 women whose petitions were denied because their judge simply did not have an understanding of what was admissible and as a result limited the expert and jury instructions.

AB 593 allows these remaining inmates to re-file for their writs to have the evidence and proper defense that should have been permitted in their original trials presented to a new judge. This legislation will also eliminated the current 2020 sunset date that inmates have to submit their writs so that advocates have more time to secure pro bono lawyers, as well as ensure the remaining inmates achieve freedom.

AB 1593:
AB 1593 seeks to provide victims of domestic violence who have suffered Intimate Partner Battering a chance to present their evidence in an effective way during the parole process. During survivors parole hearings, the Parole Board typically states the inmate “lacks insight” into her crime. Even with the piles of abuse documentation that lawyers present, and key witnesses testimonies, the Board refuses to take these elements into account. AB 1593 will require that the Parole Board give great weight to any evidence that proves the inmate experienced the effects of abuse at the time of the crime. This bill will also prohibit the Board from using this evidence as a basis for finding “lack of insight” and denying suitability.