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

    33 responses to “Write to Women Behind Bars for Marijuana”

    1. Brinna Nanda says:

      I hope everyone knows about the Regulate Marijuana Like Wine act that was co-authored by Judge Jim Gray. It is brilliantly crafted, does just what the title says, and needs our monetary support to gather enough signatures.

      They have a website: regulatemarijuanalikewine.com, where you can see videos, read the text of the bill and donate.

      With marijuana legalized and regulated in at least one state, the snowball will be unstoppable, and women like Patricia Spotted Crow and her children will no longer be fodder for the Prison for Profit system.

    2. Joel: the other Joel says:

      The phrase “deserve to be punished” was misused on those four infamous people that I have mentioned on my first reply. I would like to see them behind bars, but as we all know; they are free from guilt because they have full support from our federal government and our elected officials from state government.

      During the 2008 Democrat National Convention, if Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois says that he will re-appoint Michele Leonhart to become the head DEA administrator instead of saying that the “drug war is a failure”, would he still become president. Would you still vote for him?

      I’m just a RWNJ who believes that cannabis can save the world.

    3. NativeSonKY says:

      @Joel – okay I admit I didn’t have nor take time to look those women up, but that doesn’t matter. Jesus didn’t say “Love only those who deserve love” did he? No, he said “Love your enemies” which is a most radical thought for most. I know it’s unpopular to even mention his name in a lot of places, so let’s also quote a great author; “Do not be too eager to deal out death and judgement; Even the very wise cannot see all ends” – Gandalf.

      Tolkein makes the same point without offending those who don’t believe The Bible. But it is the same point, and I will take back the RWNJ thing I said here and now. At least I have been able to reply and make a point while discussing it with you, and that’s better than a RWNJ!

    4. Joel: the other Joel says:

      NativeSonKY, it will be great to smoke a peace pipe with you and talk about philosophy, religion, and politics. Smoking cannabis can keep the mind open for a better understanding.
      I would really enjoy doing that. Honestly. 🙂

      I use the term “peace pipe” awhile back many times because I still believe that cannabis can save the world.

      Cannabis is good medicine.

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    6. NativeSonKY says:


      Yes yes my brother! Ah but I so wish I could still smoke with you these days – I truly do as well. I’m glad we could see eye-to-eye finally, and if the powers that be ever stop firing me from jobs for coming up with dirty pee, I will pack the first bowl for us! I support all the MJ initiatives and I see through the hypocrisy of those who wage a War on a Plant and the People who choose to use it instead of much deadlier forms of recreational substances! This land and its people have been systematiclly beaten down at every turn and our economy is in the pits from sheer arrogance and rampant stupidity from the greedy hand. I hope the younger people will Carry On the legacy of those of us who have fought for 30-40 years to put a stop to this madness and try to find real solutions to our problems. I hope you and yours see it through to live in those days!

      Peace to All!

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    8. […] what about the heros serving time for something I smoke in a day like Patricia Spottedcrow. A 10yr sentence for less than a quarter ounce! Somebody needs to remind the judicial system and […]

    9. Danton lee says:

      10 years for some herb? Thats a damn shame. That should never happen.

    10. […] a sentence modification set for Oct. 6, 2011. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed. Or better yet, send her a letter of support and show you care. Patricia M. Spottedcrow, 26, received a 12-year prison sentence last October for selling a total of […]

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