Spottedcrow Flies Free

  • by Sabrina Fendrick November 30, 2012

    Patricia Spottedcrow, an Oklahoma woman who was sentenced to 12 years for selling $31 worth of pot, with no prior convictions, was released from prison yesterday (Thursday, November 29th), after serving almost two years of her twelve-year sentence.

    Her case received significant coverage after the story was featured in 2011 Tulsa World series on why Oklahoma ranks number one for sending more women to prison per capita, than any other state. Grassroots organizers then rallied together to bring attention to this egregious example of our overzealous sentencing for marijuana-related crimes. It worked, outrage spread far and wide.

    After several targeted campaigns to local law enforcement and elected officials, as well as an especially strong grassroots effort spearheaded by outraged mothers and reformers, the lobbying paid off.  Officials decided to reconsider her twelve-year sentence.

    In July of this year, upon the unanimous recommendation of the Pardon and Parole Board, Gov. Fallin agreed to approve her parole, contingent upon her completion of the community service part of her sentence. Today, Spottedcrow is a free woman that has since been reunited with her family and her three small children.

    After spending over two years in prison, Patricia Spottedcrow greets her children when they get home from school. from Tulsa World on Vimeo. (Try this too: http://vimeo.com/54579830#at=0)

    The NORML Women’s Alliance was deeply involved with this effort, as well as providing personal support to Patricia Spottedcrow through a formal letter writing campaign. She received an outpouring of support and sent the Alliance a personal thank you letter.

    “This is an inspirational reminder that justice still exists.  It proves that with cooperation and determination, grassroots efforts truly can make a significant difference in people’s lives,” said Sabrina Fendrick, Founder and Director of the NORML Women’s Alliance.

    58 responses to “Spottedcrow Flies Free”

    1. Marc says:

      Amazing how much effort it took to get this done but they let out actual violent criminals without batting an eye. Im glad some “justice” was served and those kids have their mother back with them.

    2. Toni Catron says:

      I am so glad she has been reunited with her family. Two years was too long. God Bless her and her family.

    3. Erik Lambourn says:

      And how much did it cost to imprison this poor young woman for such a minor offense? 100,000?? More?? ridiculous….

    4. Cat Cassie says:

      I am so happy for this woman. She can now hug her beautiful children everyday. Thank you Norml Womens Alliance for the best Christmas present you could ever give her and her family.

    5. Ll says:

      Does anyone know the weight of marijuana she sold? I mean, $31 worth must be like a couple cigarettes, right? TWELVE YEARS in prison?

      America the Beautiful (Police State)!

    6. Mike Criswell says:

      Who on earth sells a 31 dollar bag of marijuana? I’ve only ever heard of even 5 dollar increments with the exception of a 15 sack.

    7. Dave says:

      And now those criminals owe her back pay and restitution for emotional suffering. Jesus, what is wrong with my country? Let her out of jail, but she never should have been arrested in the first place.

      No one I’ve ever met supports these insane laws… Not even the police. Yet, here they so we can say, “WHY?”

    8. Brian says:

      I’m actually kind of appalled that they still want to make this woman serve any kind of “community service”… She should tell the Governor to GF himself..

    9. Bob says:

      Same ole story, put folks in cages who don’t follow the rules of a bunch of old white men, however stupid the rules are! Oh I mean really old white men, and even some old white women like Hillary Clinton. This shit is preposterous!

    10. dk says:

      I am disgusted by the injustice of this. I’ll be so glad when people don’t go to jail over marijuana.