Barbara Scrivner was ranked No. 7 on The Clemency Report’s list of women most deserving clemency until  President Obama commuted her meth sentence in December. Barbara is the subject of this excellent Yahoo News story and this moving video on her challenges since being released.

A mom’s battle to survive freedom 

The Yahoo story spells her first name as Barbra, which might be correct. The Clemency Report and others have spelled her name as Barbara because that’s how it appears in court documents and the Bureau of Prison inmate locator. Sadly, prisoner names are sometimes spelled incorrectly in the legal system forever because requests from prisoners to fix misspellings are routinely ignored, a little-known example of how the system dehumanizes those under its control.

Barbara Scrivner and daughter in prison, 15 years ago

Barbara Scrivner and daughter in prison, 15 years ago

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