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Petitioning Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and 3 others

Compassionate Release for my Sister

My sister, Renee Thomas has been wrongfully convicted of murder and has already served 2 of my adult children's entire lifetimes and has been incarcerated since my 32-year-old was just a toddler and potty training. As if this ordeal has not taken its toll on Renee, the family, and others who love and support her, we have recently learned that she now has terminal cancer.

Renee is confined to a wheelchair due to complications from Spinal Cancer. Most tumors of the spine are metastatic tumors, which can spread to the spine from another location in the body. This has already happened to Renee, the cancer is in her bones and muscles and the one specific tumor located on her spine and lung is inoperable. If you know anything about spinal injuries or just how our spines serve us, you know an illness like this causes significant pain.

She has been temporarily moved to a hospital to receive treatment she had been neglected to receive for 18 months. After suffering so long and only given Tylenol while the tumors grew and her weight dropped significantly, it was a relief to see the hospital staff treat her like a person and not like a case. Now that we know the prognosis and are aware that the prison infirmary is not equipped to provide adequate care, we are requesting to have her sent to another facility for further proper care.

I desperately want my sister to have access to conventional palliative care. Palliative care is a kind of care for people who have serious illnesses. Palliative care focuses on improving your quality of life—not just in your body, but also in your mind and spirit. The penitentiary is not suitable to provide that care and why my family is requesting a medical release. This is commonly known as compassionate release: a process by which inmates may be eligible for immediate early release on grounds of compelling circumstances which could not have been foreseen by the court at the time of sentencing.

I have not talked about the case nor am I here to try to prove her innocence, I want her well and comfortable and prayerfully we will be able to get our chance in court again so she can walk out of the system as a free and vindicated woman. Please notice I said WALK out, that means I believe in and expect a complete miracle, but we need to get her in an environment to start the healing process. Please help me by signing this petition to show the governor and the state of Pennsylvania your support to have my sister moved to a facility to accommodate her in her physical state. Picture yourself being extremely ill and then add to that living in the most uncomfortable environment imaginable, it is not a great combination.

Thank you for reading my letter and joining the fight to get Renee on the road to recovery!

 

Sincerely,

This petition was delivered to:
  • Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett
  • Governor Tom Corbett
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Board of Pardons


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