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Caroline Anderson is FREE!
As of January 14th, 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger has "declined to review" the Board of Prison Terms' decision to grant parole to Caroline Anderson -- meaning that the Board's decision stands and Caroline will be united with her loving family!
Many thanks to all who sent letters of support, faxes, and postcards to Governor Schwarzenegger's office in support of Caroline's freedom. Kudos to her attorney, Daphne Bishop of Pillsbury Winthrop LLP, to her family for their loving devotion and advocacy, and to the many other supporters throughout the state who fought for Caroline's freedom.
Caroline Anderson is a survivor of domestic violence who has been in prison for 22 years for her alleged role in her abusive husband's death. Her husband was killed by someone else who implicated her in the crime.
The investigation by the parole board into her history of abuse states that she "did not plan or commit the crime" and that this was a "trumped case to begin with...a travesty of justice."
This was the second time that the Board of Prison Terms had granted Caroline parole. Now 61 years old, Caroline is a great-grandmother and has a loving family ready to welcome her home. (Read Caroline's testimony in the "Survivors Speak" section.)
Caroline was among the 34 survivors whom Free Battered Women assisted with filing a clemency petition back in 1992, but then-Governor Wilson never responded to it.
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