I am writing this to inform you of yet another injustice. This is the story of a friend of mine, Ruth Paschal #150910. Tomorrow January 27th is her parole hearing. Please call the parole board.
In 1981 there was a murder. A man was forced to jump from the Skyway Bridge in Florida. Ruth was in the car while 2 men stood on the bridge with him. One of those men was Ruth's husband. She did not commit murder. The other man who did commit the crime confessed to the police and was granted immunity in exchange for his confession. Ruth was pressured to stand trial with him against her better judgment. She has served her 25 year sentence and is now still in prison for her 29th year. The Florida parole board should do the right thing and grant her parole in 2010.
This is Ruth's second parole hearing and she deserves her freedom. We are asking people to sign her petition, make phone calls and fax the Parole Commission and Governor Charlie Crist on her behalf.
She is a woman of faith and has taken many vocational and self betterment programs while in prison. She mentors other inmates and is consistently given good reviews from her superiors.
Please urge the parole commission to grant her parole. Feel free to add your own words to the letter. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for doing whatever you can do. Call, email, fax. We need to let the parole commission know that we mean business. It is time that women like Ruth get their freedom.
Mail letters to:
Florida Parole Commission
2601 Blair Stone Rd
Tallahassee, Fl 32399
Call and/or fax the following
Frederick B. Dunphy, Chair, (850) 488-0476 / FAX (850) 414-6031
Tena M. Pate, Vice Chair, (850) 487-1980 / FAX (850) 414-2627
Monica David, Commissioner, (850) 487-1978 / FAX (850) 487-1220
Executive Office of the Governor Switchboard: * (850) 488-7146* [Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time]
Fax: (850) 487-0801
Office of Governor Charlie Crist
State of Florida
PL-05 The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
But this is not about her guilt or innocence! She has done more time than she was sentenced to by the courts! This is her second parole hearing and I urge you to grant her parole. She has shown remorse for not being able to stop the crime from taking place and has taken responsibility for whatever her role might have been towards the crime. She deserves this second chance.
Ruth is a woman of faith, led by her heart to a path that destroyed her life. She has an outstanding institutional and disciplinary record. She has participated in self betterment programs, completed vocational programs and mentors other inmates. Her mother, father and only child died while she was incarcerated. Her sister is in Louisville Kentucky and welcomes her home for her long awaited and deserved parole. And she has 2 alternative places with friends where she is welcome to stay. She has a good release plan and poses NO threat to anyone.
She has excellent office skills and has obtained stellar recommendations from her supervisors. Ruth is willing to do whatever it takes to become a productive citizen once again and has support from family and friends to help her make the transition.
I respectfully request and urge you to grant Ruth her very much deserved parole date of 2010. Her hearing is January 27th, Please grant her parole.