This campaign was inspired by Betty Heron’s 80th Birthday on April 8, 2020. Aging people are vulnerable always inside of prisons but especially during a respiratory viral pandemic.
April 8, 2020 Betty Heron. 80 years old. 35 years in
Pennsylanian Betty Heron, for whom April 8th is her 80th birthday, has served 38 years at SCI-Cambridge Springs. Heron was convicted of killing her abusive husband in 1982 and sentenced to life without parole. “He systematically and continuously abused me, mentally, physically, and emotionally. It was going to be one or the other,” she states. According to Survived and Punished, the majority of people serving Life Without Parole (LWOP) in women’s prisons, are survivors of abuse, including intimate partner battering, childhood abuse, sexual violence and trafficking.