On May 10, 2013 the California Parole Board found Glenda Virgil suitable for release and her family can soon reunite after 25 years of being apart. This brings the opportunity for Virgil to hold her daughter, Nida, in her arms and finally meet her granddaughter, Dixie, for the first time.
From Virgil's granddaughter Dixie:
My grandma, Glenda Virgil, will finally be reunited with her family for her last living days because of your help.
She's been behind bars for over 25 years for a crime she committed in self defense, and last September was diagnosed with aggressive lung cancer and less than a year to live. I truly believed I would never get to meet my grandmother, and that my mom wouldn't get a chance to say goodbye. But over 55,000 people signed my petition asking for her parole, I had hope -- and last Friday the parole board finally approved her request to spend her last days reunited with our family.
We're still waiting to hear from the Governor's office how long it will take for her actual release, but we couldn't be more excited. My grandma is 66 now and in a wheelchair, and we've never met since I was born while she was in prison. My mom had tears in her eyes just talking about being able to hug her mom again.
It's because of your support that my grandma will get to spend her last days free with me and the rest of her family. Thank you for your support.
To support Virgil's transition to life as a free woman the family is raising money at http://www.gofundme.com/glenda-virgil
Dixie's campaign was supported by the USC Post Conviction Justice Project
and the Sin By Silence Project