ABOUT HOME FREE
Evidence was not allowed “in” at their trials.
Five Keys Home Free is a call to action for convicted survivors in their successful transition back into our communities.
More than 100 women convicted of killing their batterers are expected to be paroled after serving unjust sentences in California prisons.
IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO RIGHT A WRONG
Five Keys Home Free is raising $1 million dollars to begin to provide transitional homes
(in NorCal and SoCal) and comprehensive services and support for women like Rosemary, Susan, LaVelma, Kelly, Brenda, and Crystal to be HOME FREE. As women are released after spending decades in prison, we will also provide gender- and trauma-responsive programs and services for the women as they enter into the 21st century to learn how to thrive in a world completely different from the one they left decades ago.
WE CAN HELP THESE WOMEN AND MANY MORE CONVICTED SURVIVORS
Until 1992, survivors of domestic violence convicted of killing their partners in self-defense, were not allowed to submit evidence of previous abuse into trial or at a parole hearing. In 2012, California Assembly Pro Temp, Fiona Ma, sponsored the “Sin by Silence” legislation to rectify the past. It was signed into law in 2013. Many convicted survivors are now allowed to introduce evidence of the brutality they endured. The parole board must now allow such evidence into a parole hearing and within a writ of habeas corpus, potentially reducing their often 20-40 year terms.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) did not anticipate the release of these “lifer”and “Life Without Parole (LWOP)” women. Consequently, CDCR has often released eligible survivors to residential drug treatment programs as the only alternative. Due to the changing legislation and duration of the sentences, the women are older and at the end of decades in our state prison system. Five Keys Home Free will collaborate with CDCR to provide programs that meet their needs and circumstances.
Imagine coming out of prison as a survivor of unspeakable domestic violence and wrongful imprisonment after 20 - 40 years. It’s unimaginable. Imagine trying to get a job and you’re told to do it online. You look for a line on the floor to stand in. You don’t know what an ATM is or a cell phone or how to “Google.”
FIVE KEYS HOME FREE will be the place where women survivors can be FREE of violence; FREE of institutionalization, FREE to feel safe, and FREE to determine their own future.