Welcome Home Marva Wallace and Susan Deering


In October 2002 Marva Wallace became the first prisoner released under the recently enacted habeas law, 1473.5 which enables battered women in California state prisons to seek retrials or reduced sentences if they were convicted prior to 1992. Davis had vetoed Wallace’s parole two weeks before, but the courts ruled that she should be free after seventeen years in prison. Just before Christmas, survivor Susan Deering was released after twenty-two years with the help of the habeas project which offers legal assistance to survivors who are seeking redress under the new law. To contact the Habeas Project write FBW, 1540 Market St., #490, San Francisco, CA 94102.