Ozarks Tonight: Clemency Campaign for Incarcerated Women

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – According to a 2018 report by the Prison Policy Initiative, 219,000 women are incarcerated in the United States. 

Only four percent of the world’s female population lives in the U.S., but the U.S. accounts for over 30 percent of the world’s incarcerated women.

A Springfield woman is trying to help some incarcerated women receive clemency and earn their freedom. 

Listen to the interview in the link below: 

You may remember the story of Judy Henderson. She spent 36 years in prison and 2017, then Missouri Governor Eric Greitens commuted her sentenced and pardoned Henderson. 

She was convicted of capital murder and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 50 years. 

The charges stemmed from a robbery in 1982 where Henderson’s boyfriend at the time shot and killed a man. Both were charged with murder, but only Henderson was found guilty in the case.  

Now, that she is out of prison Henderson is working to help other incarcerated women through the clemency process and transitioning after prison. 

She is working with the National Council for Incarcerated Women and Girls whose mission is to end incarceration for women and girls. 

She is now working on the National State Clemency Campaign – Reimagining Communities Through Clemency. 

They have collected the names of women who are incarcerated who they believe deserve clemency and are now asking people to send Governor Parson asking him to give these women clemency. The campaign goes from May 1 through July 31st. 

Henderson is also advocating for HB 352, which would allow individuals over 65 who are sentenced to life in prison for a minimum of 50 years to receive a parole hearing after 30 years. 

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