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Write to Women Behind Bars for Marijuana

  • by Sabrina Fendrick August 10, 2011
    NORML Women's Alliance


    The NORML Women’s Alliance has teamed up with the webzine Freedom is Green to encourage reform advocates to write letters to women serving time behind bars for marijuana-related offenses.

    Several studies suggest a prisoner’s mental health is dependent on their contact with the outside world. For many, mail correspondences are their primary contact with the public.

    Many of the women incarcerated for marijuana offenses are isolated and alone.  Receiving any outside communication from the public can be the highlight of their week or month.  These small gestures let them know that they are not forgotten, and that the NORML Women’s Alliance is here to support and comfort them.

    Recently, the NWA and Freedom Is Green collected letters for Patricia Spotted Crow, a first time offender from Oklahoma who was sentenced to 10 years behind bars for selling $30 worth of marijuana. Here is her heartfelt response to this small gesture from the outside world:


    Want to write a marijuana prisoner?
    Beth Mann of Freedom is Green provides some guidelines for individuals who are interested in writing to women (and men) that are in prison for marijuana-related crimes: “What should you write? Anything. Prisoners benefit from seemingly mundane letters about your daily life to words of inspiration to pieces of creative writing to news or current events. The important part is simply reaching out.”
    [Note: We are focusing on one prisoner at a time. Right now we are sending letters to Patricia Spotted Crow. Please send a letter appropriate for her.  Soon we will focus on other prisoners.]
    Please keep in mind that all of the prisoner’s mail is read by authorities.
    – Please send text only, no images or attachments
    – Put the prisoner’s name in subject line of email
    – Send separate emails for each prisoner
    – Up to 1,000 words per letter
    – By sending a letter through freedomisgreen.com we may contact you and ask that your letter be posted on the site to bring awareness to victims of prohibition. You may decline and we will still forward your letter directly to the prisoner.
    – Send your emails to marijuanaprisoners@gmail.com
    Questions? chris@freedomisgreen.com



    32 Responses to “Write to Women Behind Bars for Marijuana”

    1. Joel: the other Joel says:

      The four who deserve to be punished and locked up are Joyce Nalepka, Calvina Fey, Karen Tandy, and Michele Leonhart for conspiracy and terrorism against citizens of the United States.

    2. The Judge said ” She didn’t know what she was doing to the Children ” but the Judge did the worse thing ever to the Children by taking their Mother away by sentencing her to prison for all those years .The Judge did more harm to the Children than anyone in this sad story .

      http://www.freedomisgreen.com/oklahoma-patricia-spottedcrow-and-excessive-sentencing-for-first-time-offenders/

    3. Sean Haddad says:

      The judge is an idiot for doing that to her. If I was her husband, then I would protest. I think we need to protest more because weed is illegal and do it harder. America is the best country but we are not totally free.

    4. eureka mountains says:

      Do you have to use your real name to send a letter? And do you have to put a return address?

    5. @Joel – you’re a real piece of RWNJ work, man. I have to speculate after hearing your screed that you are a devout “Christian”, too, right? You JUDGE people all you want to fellow – you do it to your own peril in the future. Remember, no matter WHAt you THINK, Jesus is there, sitting beside these women in chains over a plant The Father put on this earth for a purpose. I hope you find peace sometime in your lifetime, and the Love you seem to be devoid of.

    6. wbs 101 says:

      That judge scares me. The fact that people like that can so easily gain such a position of power in this county makes me want to leave. How much is property in Portugal these days?

    7. Maggie says:

      I sent her off an email, with my name attached. Hope it brings her comfort.

      Also – if her library (ALL prisons MUST have libraries- it’s the law) is sub-standard, we can get a copy of their rules and regs and send books/magazines there. It’ll make things better for her, as well as the other folks incarcerated there.

      I used to be a librarian, and we supported the local prison with slightly dated magazines.

      Often it has to come right from the publisher, but if you set up an Amazon wish list (again – be very careful to follow the prison’s rules EXACTLY) it can be very easy for folks to help her out. One credit card transaction, and Amazon takes care of the rest.

      If you’d like help with this let me know. I’m unemployed (in 2008, they let 1/3 of the staff go because of the tanking economy) so I have plenty of time.

      What a goddamned shame. This is a travesty.

      Maggie Ahrens

    8. Guy Fawkes says:

      Anyone who tells you the US is a free country just hasn’t been paying attention the last 20 years.This type of travesty is all too common. How many are in jail based on an obviously crooked trial? Innocence or the fact that your actions do not hurt anyone is not a protection from draconian punishment.

    9. Joel: the other Joel says:

      You have no clue on who these women are that I have mentioned on Comment #1.
      What a surprise. Do a google search and find out if they are worth your blessings?

      From Comment #5
      [NativeSonKY Says:
      August 11th, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      @Joel – you’re a real piece of RWNJ work, man. I have to speculate after hearing your screed that you are a devout “Christian”, too, right? You JUDGE people all you want to fellow – you do it to your own peril in the future. Remember, no matter WHAt you THINK, Jesus is there, sitting beside these women in chains over a plant The Father put on this earth for a purpose. I hope you find peace sometime in your lifetime, and the Love you seem to be devoid of.]

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    10. Joel: the other Joel says:

      I may have misspelled Calvina Fay on comment #1.

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