Parole Beat

Precious Releases?
Valere Boyd is free on parole after having been imprisoned since 1986 for killing her abusive husband. On March 16th, 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger approved the Board of Prison Terms’ decision to grant Valere parole. This was the third time that Valere had been found suitable. Governor Schwarzenegger reversed the Board’s decision in December 2003, and former Governor Davis had reversed the Board’s decision in 2002.
Pat Caetano had her parole approved on March 16, 2005 by Governor Schwarzenegger. This was the second time that Pat had been granted parole by the Board of Prison Terms. Former Governor Davis reversed the Board’s decision to grant Pat parole in 2003. Pat, a survivor of domestic violence has been in prison since 1986 for killing a stranger during a robbery along with a co-defendant.
Ana Garcia was released from CIW at the beginning of May.
Susan Greenberg was released on a 1473.5 habeas petition on July 8. Susan had served over 18 years at CIW on a 25-years-to-life sentence. She is now happily reunited with family in another state.
Outrageous Denials?
Governor Schwarzenegger reversed the Board of Prison Terms’ decision to grant parole to Linda Lee Smith and Karen Narita.
This was the SIXTH time that Linda Lee Smith was granted ? and subsequently denied ? parole. She has now served 25 years on a 15-years-to-life sentence for the death of her young daughter, who was killed by Linda’s abusive boyfriend in 1979. Linda’s other daughter has been leading the campaign to free her mother and we stand behind Linda and her family in the continued fight for her freedom.
For Karen Narita, it was the first time she had been granted parole after serving 20 years in prison for a homicide committed by her abusive husband. As with Linda, it is senseless that Karen continues to be incarcerated at the state’s expense after two decades.
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