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Parole for Karen Brown

Petition for Clemency and/or Parole Release of Karen Brown

We feel that a great injustice was done to Karen Brown in November, 1986. She was sentenced to “Life in Prison”, without the possibility of parole for 25 years. To further add to this unjust punishment, her parole was DENIED last year and she will not be eligible again until 2016.
Karen’s parole denial was unwarranted because she exhibited exemplary behavior during her quarter century of incarceration. She took full advantage of her time by earning numerous degrees (all that were available), as well as countless awards and certificates, all in preparation to one day use these skills to repay her debt to society. Karen aspires to utilize her accomplishments and testimonies as vehicles to reach today’s youth and teens, to help prevent yet another drug related tragedy.
Karen Brown is NOT a violent person and does not pose any threat to society. She has no previous record, is very employable and has a strong network of family, friends and church support. For these reasons, we feel very confident that Karen’s ability to give back to society far outweighs her remaining incarcerated.

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Karen's attorney presented no evidence, did not allow her to testify and never told her of the plea bargain offered. He did, however, allow the prosecutor to try her in the news media before and during the trial which led to a media circus. Following an evidentiary hearing in 2002 arranged by her public advocacy attorney at the time, her sentence was vacated and a new trial ordered by the Judge. In an unprecedented maneuver the state overturned this respected trial Judge, denied her new trial and upheld her original sentence. At age 48 she faces numerous health challenges as do her elderly parents. For 25 years she obeyed all the rules and was a model prisoner, even entrusted to lead prison tours for many state dignitaries and VIPs. A devoted Christian, Karen has led unbelievers to Christ, myself included. For more information, contact me at

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