Marisol Garcia has been incarcerated 18 years on her 15-years-to-life sentence.
Ms. Garcia's story is heart-breaking - she has worked very hard to heal from childhood physical and sexual abuse, human trafficking, and terrorization of herself and her children at the hands of her ‘crime partner’. She accepts responsibility for her crime, expresses remorse for her actions, and has maintained an outstanding disciplinary record for the past 18 years.
This is the second time that the Board has found Ms. Garcia eligible for parole and therefore does not pose a safety risk. The parole decision now goes to Governor Brown. Please urge the governor to uphold Ms. Garcia's parole. Thank you.
Marisol Garcia is an inspiration and model of resilience. Her story is heart-breaking and hardly one that points to her as being any threat to society. Ms. Garcia has worked very hard to heal from childhood physical and sexual abuse, human trafficking, and terrorization of herself and her children at the hands of her ‘crime partner’. The fact that she has not been further broken by such a long period of incarceration, and has used that time to grow into a mature person with great insight into her part in the crime, is highly commendable.
Ms. Garcia is currently active as a leader in AA/NA, ALANON, and CODA. As chairwoman of Convicted Women Against Abuse, she has been able to address abusive situations, react in a positive manner and avoid relationships with abusive persons. She also works to assist communities outside the prison through the Mexican-American Resource Association and Sharing our Stitches, both organizations that provide assistance to disadvantaged families, homeless children, hospitals and churches. Her English language proficiency has progressed from no English to fluent English, which will enable her to use her bilingual skills for successful employment, and to assist others pursuing a second language.
Since Ms. Garcia accepts responsibility for her crime, expresses remorse for her actions, maintains an outstanding disciplinary record for the past 18 years, and has grown tremendously, I urge you to grant her parole. I am confident that Ms. Garcia does not pose a danger to society and that any community would benefit from her presence.