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TAKE ACTION NOW; CA Governor Brown: Please Free Human Trafficking Victim Sara Kruzan


Society & Culture  (tags: abuse, ethics, law, government, freedoms, society, politics, activists )

Cal
- 423 days ago - change.org
When I learned about her story and that she was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole after living a life of horrific violence and abuse, I was devastated but inspired to fight for her. And now Sara is on the verge of being free.



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AniMae Chi (434)
Monday October 28, 2013, 2:51 pm
Thank you for signing the petition
"Governor Brown: Please free human trafficking victim Sara Kruzan"
with 254,888 supporters
45,112 NEEDED
 

Lisa Neste (710)
Monday October 28, 2013, 3:00 pm
Thank you for signing the petition "Governor Brown: Please free human trafficking victim Sara Kruzan"
 

Bartlomiej T. (307)
Monday October 28, 2013, 3:33 pm
Signed! Thank you, Cal.
 

Debbie Williamson (276)
Monday October 28, 2013, 6:09 pm
Signed and shared.
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Monday October 28, 2013, 6:11 pm
Signed & noted. Thanks, Cal.
 

Bee S. (208)
Monday October 28, 2013, 8:03 pm
Done. TY, Cal.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday October 28, 2013, 11:56 pm
SARA KRUZAN RELEASED WITH PARDON FROM CA. GOV. JERRY BROWN

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has decided to allow freedom to a woman who received a life sentence when she was a teenager for killing her former pimp.

Brown decided late Friday not to take action on a state parole board's decision to grant parole to Sara Kruzan, thereby allowing the decision to go into effect, his spokesman Evan Westrup said Saturday.
 

Angel W. (267)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 12:01 am
Noted, already signed
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 12:54 am
Done.
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (395)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 12:55 am
Noted and signed.
 

Alfred Donovan (46)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 1:40 am
Cant sign the petition for some reason it won't let me sorry.
 

jess b (24)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 1:50 am
signed previously.thks
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (283)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 2:03 am
Thanks for signing.
 

Arild Warud (170)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 2:17 am
Signed,TY Cal.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 2:21 am
Signed and commented;
I must protest this form of punishment, just continuing abuse of a severly abused person!
 

Dmitry Nikiforov (236)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 2:50 am
TY Cal.
 

Ed V. (189)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 3:09 am
Signed & noted, thanks
 

Ana R (220)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 4:11 am
Signed with 256,806 supporters
43,194 NEEDED
noted...
Thank you, Cal.
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 5:49 am
S&N
 

. (0)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 7:39 am
Signed it yesterday. Thanks for sharing, Cal.
 

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Tuesday October 29, 2013, 7:53 am
Signed and Noted.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 7:59 am
Previously done, thanks Cal.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 9:26 am
Signed and noted.
257,673 supporters
42,327 NEEDED
 

kelly s. (134)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 10:14 am
Signed and noted
 

Emma S. (228)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 10:25 am
Thanks for this, Cal - have signed, but am glad to see the article Lynn flagged up:

SARA KRUZAN RELEASED WITH PARDON FROM CA. GOV. JERRY BROWN
 

Judith E. (402)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 1:30 pm
Good to see she will be free. Noted...previously signed.
 

Vicky P. (466)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 4:19 pm
a/s, noted
 

Ge M. (218)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 4:22 pm
It is appalling that the lack of justice system in America has continually failed victims and, in this case, has punished her beyond what is reasonable. I hope that she receives compensation.
 

Ge M. (218)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 4:25 pm
Also see http://prisonmovement.wordpress.com/2013/10/27/sara-kruzan-is-going-home/

SARA KRUZAN IS GOING HOME

Oct

The case of former child prostitute Sara Kruzan, now 35, helped get law passed in California against locking up juveniles for life.

Gov. Jerry Brown has decided to allow freedom for a woman whose punishment for killing her pimp became a call to arms against the practice of locking up juveniles for life.


Sara Kruzan, 35, was incarcerated at 16 after she killed the man she contended had groomed her since age 11 to work for him as a child prostitute. She was sentenced to life without parole for her crime, and her case became a high-profile example used by lawmakers and advocates for juvenile offenders seeking to soften such harsh sentences.

“It is justice long overdue,” said Sen. Leland Yee, a San Francisco Democrat who began championing Kruzan’s case a decade ago.

Yee called Kruzan’s case the “perfect example of adults who failed her, of society failing her. You had a predator who stalked her, raped her, forced her into prostitution, and there was no one around.”

In a video on Yee’s website, Kruzan said, “I definitely know I deserve punishment. You don’t just take somebody’s life and think that it’s OK. How much [punishment], I don’t know.”

After years of debate among state lawmakers, Yee’s legislation to allow new sentencing hearings for juveniles sent to prison for life without parole became law in January. In September, Brown signed a second bill requiring parole boards to give special consideration to juveniles tried as adults who have served at least 15 years of lengthy sentences. Advocates estimate there are more than 1,000 prisoners already eligible for parole hearings under that new law.

Even before passage of those bills, advocates convinced Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2011 to change Kruzan’s sentence to allow for parole. A Riverside judge in January further reduced her first-degree murder conviction to second degree, making her immediately eligible for release.

The state Board of Parole Hearings in June forwarded to Brown’s office its recommendation that she be released. A spokesman for the governor’s office said Brown has decided to allow the order to go into effect without his signature, almost two weeks before the deadline for his action.

Kruzan is housed at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla.
 

Stevie A. (10)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 5:08 pm
Well, I signed and commented before I saw that she has been released already. I am Grateful that we were able to support justice here.
 

Cathe Franklin-Romano (52)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 10:17 pm
Noted & signed. 259,552 supporters
 

Natasha Salgado (579)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 5:20 am
Done-thx Cal
 
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