Linda is an incarcerated domestic violence survivor who was unable to prevent her abusive boyfriend from beating her daughter, Amy to death. Although the victim in Linda's case was not her abusive partner, the fact that she was a battered woman was significant in her inaction to stop the crime.
Linda has been found suitable for parole by the Board of Parole Hearings ten times since 1989. Each time, the Governor has reversed the Board's decision, despite the fact that both Amy's father and sister (who witnessed the crime) support Linda's release.
Linda currently is in her 29th year in prison where she has remained disciplinary-free, earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of La Verne, and continues to work toward her Master of Theology degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Linda is still in prison because all too often women are blamed for the actions of violent men who harm or kill their children. 29 years is long enough to pay for this terrible tragedy. Please sign the petition to free Linda Smith.