Grant Commutation for Incarcerated Survivor Stacey Dyer!

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SUMMARY

Stacey Dyer is an incarcerated survivor of child sexual abuse and severe domestic violence who has been in prison for 16 years. By the time she was convicted and sentenced to Life Without Parole when she was 22 years old, she suffered from the devastating long-term effects of profound and repeated sexual, physical, and psychological abuse, important context for her conviction. Please join us in asking Governor Jerry Brown to commute Stacey Dyer’s sentence from Life Without Parole to a parole-eligible sentence.


BACKGROUND

Stacey Dyer is an incarcerated survivor of child sexual abuse, rape, and domestic violence who has been in prison for 16 years. By the time she was convicted and sentenced to Life Without Parole when she was 22 years old, Stacey had suffered from the devastating long-term effects of profound sexual, physical, and psychological abuse.

Because Stacey had experienced compounded trauma, her sense of safety was shattered. When she was 20 years old, Stacey was attacked by a group of men and raped. A year later, she thought she had finally found safety in a relationship with a person who was the lead member of a gang and who promised to protect her. However, this context of compromised safety ultimately led to her crime. Stacey continues to experience profound remorse and grief as a result, in addition to contending with her own experiences of violence.

Like many other stories of criminalized survivors, Stacey’s life reflects the consequences of our community’s failure to adequately support child and adult survivors of sexual and physical abuse. This lack of support creates and sustains ongoing cycles of violence. We urge Governor Brown to help end the conditions of violence that shaped Stacey’s life by giving her the opportunity to seek parole and continue to heal, make amends, and give back to her community. Join us in asking Governor Brown to commute Stacey Dyer’s sentence from Life Without Parole to a parole-eligible sentence.



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