Will you sign the Mother's Day card to Marissa Alexander?
We send love to all mothers on Mother's Day, knowing that mothering in peace requires justice.
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Marissa Alexander is a proud mother of three, including teenage twins and a 3-year-old daughter. She had given premature birth to her youngest child nine days before she was forced to defend her life after being attacked by her abusive estranged husband. Despite causing no injuries when she fired a warning shot that saved her life, Corey prosecuted Alexander for aggravated assault, sending her to prison for a mandatory sentence of 20 years.
The sentence forced Alexander away from her children, including a baby who was still breastfeeding. Alexander successfully appealed the trial last September, but now faces the possibility of spending 60 years in prison if she is found guilty in her upcoming trial scheduled for July 28th. Mothers are disproportionately impacted by both domestic violence and mass incarceration.
According to Barbara Bloom in her testimony before the Little Hoover Commission in 2004, approximately 70% of people in women’s prisons are mothers, and the majority of them were the primary caretakers of their children before they were sent to prison.
The Bureau of Justice estimates that 1.3 million children have mothers who are in prison, jail, or on probation.