Petition Closed
Petitioning Governor of California

Allow for the release of Joanne Marchetti on parole!

The Board of Parole Hearings, after thorough evaluation, has concluded that Joanne Marchetti poses no threat to public safety and is ready to resume life as a productive member of the community. Joanne has positive and supportive family waiting for her including her son, who she finally and very happily reunited with after many years. Joanne has been a steady and gentle inspiration to the CIW community for years and has much to share with society. I urge you to uphold her release on parole.

Letter to
Governor of California
To the Honorable Governor Jerry Brown,

I urge you to uphold the Board of Parole Hearing’s decision to release Joanne Marchetti on parole. Penal code §3041governs the granting of parole. This statute establishes a presumption of parole suitability within subsection (a) which states the Board “shall normally set a parole date...after the inmate’s minimum eligible parole date”. It is estimated that 1,000 or more cases on this subject have been filed in the state’s backlogged courts. The cost to this litigation to taxpayers is in the tens of millions of dollars annually. Furthermore, with the State of California in ongoing budget crisis and each prisoner costing taxpayers close to $41,000 per year, it only makes sense to release prisoners who are deemed eligible for parole.

Free Battered Women has been in contact with Joanne for many years. She has worked to transform herself during her incarceration, which she entered as a traumatized person who survived brutal emotional and physical abuse. In an ongoing process of healing and gaining insight into her crime, she has been a participant in the twelve-step program and drug awareness counseling, was elected to the governing body of Convicted Women Against Abuse (CWAA) and has been involved in the documentary “Sin by Silence”, about CWAA and incarcerated survivors of abuse. Joanne has successfully completed her AA degree.

The Board of Parole Hearings, after thorough evaluation, has concluded that Joanne Marchetti poses no threat to public safety and is ready to resume life as a productive member of the community. Joanne has positive and supportive family waiting for her including her son, who she finally and very happily reunited with after many years. Joanne has been a steady and gentle inspiration to the CIW community for years and has much to share with society. I urge you to uphold her release on parole.

Sincerely,