(GRANTED CLEMENCY, DEC. 17, 2014) In 1992 Barbara had just given birth to Alannah (seen here with her mother). Her husband, Richard Scrivner, was in prison. Barbara pawned her valuables and was d esperate to pay rent and meet living expenses. Richard orchestrated a drug deal from prison and told Barbara that she could make some quick money if she would merely act as a “mule.” Valerie, the girlfriend of a drug dealer, delivered some “meth” to Barbara and Richard told her where to take it. Barbara did this for a couple of weeks until she could pay her bills and reclaim her pawned items. She never had contact with the main dealer. After Richard was released, he continued dealing but excluded Barbra from any involvement. When the group was busted, the girlfriends of the ringleaders cooperated and Valerie implicated Barbara, who was not arrested for over a year. The prosecutor offered Barbara 10 years if she would testify against everyone. Since she’d never met the leaders, she could not satisfy the prosecutor’s demands. She went to trial and was held accountable for the entire conspiracy, even thought her involvement was limited to a few weeks.
Personal History: When Barbara was only seven years old, she was molested by a friend of her mother’s boyfriend. This had a psychological impact upon Barbara that led to a cycle of abusive men and drug addiction. . In 1996 out of despair and wishing to end the pain inflicted upon her incarcerated soul, Barbara attempted suicide by jumping off a 40-foot building onto cement. The fall was nearly fatal and resulted in two broken legs, a broken ankle, a completely separated pelvis, ruptured bladder and broken spine. During rehab, Barbara became determined to turn her life around and make the most of what was left – she received counseling that enabled her to understand what led her to make destructive life choices. She has completed every rehabilitative course offered, including the intensive 500-hour drug program and become a mentor for other students. By working at Unicor in prison, Barbara was able to enroll in and pay for correspondence courses at Stratford Career Institute, graduating with honors. She is now enrolled with Ames Bible College for Biblical Studies. Barbara believes that she has the skills and education to create a better future for herself and Alannah and yearns for that opportunity
Sentence: The court agreed that Barbara had minimal knowledge/participation and the judge departed 2 points from the guidelines. Ironically, Barbara received the same 30-year sentence as her husband who was a major distributor and had prior drug felonies. Both the judge and prosecutor have stated that Barbara received a “harsh sentence.” Judge Haggerty has even written a letter to the pardon attorney in support of Barbara’s clemency. The U.S. Attorney for the state of Oregon, Karin Immergut also wrote to the Pardon Attorney, agreeing with Judge Haggerty’s opinion.
Priors: Three drug possession charges and an incident in which Barbara stole a pair of tennis shoes.
Listen to radio interview with Barbara on NPR’s Here & Now.