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Subject: the fight continues...

Paul, Norma´s brother, called the Governor´s office last night and was told that he has reversed the decision to free Norma.  This means that while the parole board found her to be suitable for parole, the Governor had the power to veto their decision.  In most other states the Governor does not have this power..  

We are heartbroken and can imagine that Norma must be crushed.  We are going to visit her on Saturday.

If you have any words you want me to share with her you can email a message to  I will print the emails and send them to her.  

Thanks for all of your support!  

Natalia Bernal (Norma's sister-in-law)

Letter to
Governor State of California Governor Arnold Swarzenegger
The Honorable Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
Attn: Andrea Hoch, Legal Affairs Secretary
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-445-2841
Fax: 916-558-3160


Dear Governor Schwarzenegger,

I am writing to ask you to uphold the Board of Parole Hearings decision to grant parole to Norma Cumpian. Ms.Cumpian has spent 17 years at the California Institution for Women (CIW) on a 19-to-life sentence for the death of her abusive boyfriend. The Board of Parole Hearings found Ms. Cumpian suitable for parole and I urge you to support their decision to release her.

Ms.Cumpian is a 39-year-old woman who has had an exemplary disciplinary record while in prison. She has used her time in prison to transform herself through support groups, study, work, and service. During her incarceration, Ms. Cumpian has displayed considerable leadership skills, as well as a commitment to self-improvement and support for others’ growth. Her peers in the Convicted Women Against Abuse group recognized her leadership qualities by electing her the Chairperson from 2000 – 2004.

Ms. Cumpian continues to give back to her community as a peer counselor in the mental health department for more than a decade, and as an HIV and Infectious Disease Educator for nearly ten years. She has earned multiple certificates in computer applications as well as other specialties. Recognizing the value of higher education, Norma earned her Associates degree from Chaffey College. These accomplishments demonstrate her dedication to taking full advantage of the opportunities for both personal growth and developmental programs available to her during her incarceration. Upon her release Ms. Cumpian plans to pursue her Bachlors degree.

Given Ms.Cumpian’s insight, accomplishments, strong parole plans and excellent disciplinary record while in prison, it is clear that she does not pose any risk to public safety. I strongly believe that she deserves to be released, and urge you to uphold the parole board’s decision to release Ms. Cumpian on parole.


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