Last updated on: 8/26/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Michigan Battered Women's Clemency Project Biography

Position:
None Found to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

No position found as of Aug. 20, 2008

Description:

“Susan Fair founded the Michigan Battered Women’s Clemency Project in 1991. Volunteer attorneys and advocates joined with her and distributed questionnaires to women in two Michigan prisons. Their aim was to identify women inmates who were convicted of murder and for whom the battered woman syndrome was an explanatory defense, but for whom that evidence was either not raised, raised inadequately, or rejected by the judge. Approximately 50 women were interviewed; 25 were identified as primary candidates for clemency petitions.

In June of 1995, the Michigan Battered Women’s Clemency Project became a project of the Justice Committee of the Washtenaw County, Michigan ACLU. Lynn D’Orio, Lore Rogers, and Carol Jacobsen currently coordinate the Clemency Project…”

“Manual,” Michigan Battered Women’s Clemency Project website (accessed Aug. 20, 2008)

Mission:

“[d]emanding freedom for battered women prisoners serving life or long-term sentences for defending themselves and their children against an abusive partner.”

Michigan Battered Women’s Clemency Project website (accessed Aug. 20, 2008)

Other:
None found
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  1. What Is Clemency?