Theresa Azochar?s life changed the moment her daughter, Theresa Cruz, was arrested for conspiring to murder the man who had abused and stalked her. Over the next thirteen years Theresa Azochar fought battles in the courts, in the state legislature, before the parole board, on the radio and on T.V. She always said that she was not just speaking for her family but also for the hundreds of thousands of families around the country who have a loved one in prison and suffer from the daily brutality of incarceration.
For her brave endurance of multiple forms of pain inflicted by this society, for her boundless love for her large, multi-generational family, for her capacity to change as a person and her will to change the prison system, we dedicate this issue of The Fire Inside to Theresa Azochar.