Glenda Crosley endured 24 years of an abusive marriage. Over 2 decades of disguising her bruised and battered body. By the time Glenda was put behind bars for defending her life and killing her abusive husband in 1988, she felt worthless.
Glenda received a sentence of 15-years-to-life and has now served 22 years behind bars.
When is enough, enough?
Despite new laws that allow courts to consider a woman's previous abuse in such cases, Glenda remains in prison. Now, at age 66, Glenda falls through the cracks. She was allowed to present a "Battering and Its' Effects" defense, the first time it was ever used in a California courtroom, but the judge's instructions to the jury made sure that the evidence was not given its proper weight in court.
As Glenda states, “I arrived in prison a broken woman. I viewed myself as a failure to motherhood, marriage, society and God. Today, at age 66 and I have found my voice. I now know courage and strength in spite of the odds. Now with purpose, I vow to empower women in bringing understanding to those who have failed to change their way of thinking.“
Join us in urging Governor Schwarzenegger to grant clemency and free Glenda Crosley before he leaves office on January 3, 2011. Sign the petition, share and encourage others to join the fight to free this 66-year-old grandmother.
Despite new laws that allow courts to consider a woman’s previous abuse in such cases, Glenda remains in prison. The irony is that Glenda falls through the cracks because she was allowed to present the “Battering and Its’ Effects” defense, the first time it was ever used in a California courtroom. But judge's instructions to the jury made sure that the defense was not given it's proper weight in court.
While in prison, Glenda has been an exemplary inmate who has obtained multiple certificates and been part various groups and organizations. She has excelled in the Toastmasters program, and been a vital part in organizing the Golden Girls Organizations for inmates 55 and over. She has also served as Chairperson of Convicted Women Against Abuse (CWAA) from 2004-2006. As one of the original members of CWAA, the only inmate-run support group of its kind, Glenda was part of the groups advocacy that helped to change state law in 1992 and again 2002 so that courts could consider a woman’s previous abuse in cases where she was accused of violence against her partner. To this day, she remains a positive leader amongst the women at CWAA and the CIW community. Through her dedication and leadership she has proven to be a woman worth having a second chance at freedom.
I believe in Glenda Crosley. I believe she should be granted clemency after serving over 22 years in prison. I believe this 66 year old grandmother to be of no threat to society. I believe her journey and experiences to be vital in helping create awareness about the dangers of domestic violence. I believe that her life can be best utilized if she has the ability to directly impact people whose lives she can help lead away from a path of devastating choices.