Petition Closed

Tania has participated, with steadfast determination and uncommon enthusiasm, in programming to facilitate her personal growth and rehabilitation. Not only has she developed her own character, but has also worked for the healing and empowerment of others in the community. Tania has pursued educational programs, healing from childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence through Convicted Women Against Abuse and has engaged in the new and very effective program at CIW called Choice Theory. Tania also has solid parole plans. She has a supportive family ready to welcome her and numerous opportunities for employment. It is clear that Tania does not pose a danger to society and in fact that she will contribute greatly to whatever communities she is a part of.

Special Note: The paiting above is a sample of Tania's artwork. This specific piece was donated to "Free Battered Women."

Letter to
Governor of California
California Governor
I am writing to urge you to uphold the Board of Parole Hearings’ (the “Board”) decision to release Tania Vargas on parole. I endorse your record of following the law in supporting the Board’s recommendations for parole. Penal Code §3041 governs the granting of parole. This statute establishes a presumption of parole suitability within subsection (a) which states the Board “shall normally set a parole date . . . after the inmate’s minimum eligible parole date.” It is estimated that 1,000 or more cases on this matter have been filed in the State’s backlogged courts. The cost of this litigation to taxpayers is in the tens of millions of dollars annually. Furthermore, with the State of California in ongoing budget crisis and each prisoner costing taxpayers close to $41,000 per year, it only makes sense to release prisoners who do not pose a risk to public safety according to the Board’s thorough evaluation.

Tania has participated, with steadfast determination and uncommon enthusiasm, in programming to facilitate her personal growth and rehabilitation. Not only has she developed her own character, but has also worked for the healing and empowerment of others in the community. Tania has pursued educational programs, healing from childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence through Convicted Women Against Abuse and has engaged in the new and very effective program at CIW called Choice Theory. She has been a member of the Long Termers Organization has been disciplinary free since 1996. In addition, through her participation in the Free Battered Women project of the California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP), she has contributed artwork and articles to The Fire Inside, CCWP’s quarterly publication.

Tania has solid parole plans. She has a supportive family ready to welcome her and numerous opportunities for employment. Additionally, through her collaborations with CCWP, she will have the support and assistance of that organization. It is clear that Tania does not pose a danger to society and in fact that she will contribute greatly to whatever communities she is a part of. I firmly believe that Tania is ready for release and again, encourage you, as you have been consistently doing, to honor the Board’s decision and uphold Tania’s release on parole.

Sincerely,