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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Children Don't Belong in Prison

Children don't belong in prison.


In Paris, Texas or Sacramento, California children should not be imprisoned, especially for percieved sins of their parents.


Fourteen-year-old Shaquanda Cotton should be freed from her indeterminate sentence in a Texas prison immediately.


Last night I spoke with Shaquanda's mother, Creola Cotton. Shaquanda tells her she's tired and she doesn't know how long she can hold on. Ms. Cotton says Shaquanda has attempted suicide more than once.


Shaquanda enjoys receiving cards and letters, says her mother. She can receive mail at:


Ron Jackson Correctional Complex,
Unit 2, Dorm 4
P.O. Box 872
Brownwood, Texas 76804
1125308


Ms. Cotton also requsts that we write letters to Texas Governor Rick Perry asking him to intervene on Shaquanda's behalf.

I'm sending Shaquanda a card and writing the governor. I hope you will ,too.

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16 Comments:

At 3/15/2007 3:31 AM , Blogger Surviving Motherhood said...

this is tragic, the whole thing makes me feel sick to my stomach. That poor girl, that poor mother! Thank you for bringing this to my attention. If sending the poor girl a card will possibly stop her from ending her life for another day I would happily send one a day until she is released. I'm going to stop by the card shop later and pick up a few things to send her.

 
At 3/15/2007 4:28 AM , Anonymous Fredric said...

a site has been setup for her.

http://freeshaquandacotton.blogspot.com/.

 
At 3/15/2007 10:51 AM , Blogger Mother said...

Surviving,
It is tragic, indeed. Thank you for the cards. Funny thing, I was at a big box store and bought, by accident, a box of fancy cards for all ocassions. I'm usually not a card sender, but now I know why I have them. They're for Shaquanda. I'm addressing mine now, too.

Fredric,
Thank you for bringing this to my attention. Also, THANK YOU for the Free Shaquanda Cotton blog.

My 29-year-old is sick today and I'm off to provide a little motherly love. It breaks my heart that Mrs. Cotton can't do the same for her child.

 
At 3/15/2007 11:03 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay to Hurt Kids--but Not Profits?

"Lamar County Chamber of Commerce President Pete Kampfer said Tuesday afternoon he felt the story was slanted, but shouldn't hurt industry looking to move to Paris.

“It would have no impact right now, but we don't want any of these negative things reflecting on our community. It's a rather negative article about us,” he said. Lamar County Chamber of Commerce President Pete Kampfer said Tuesday afternoon he felt the story was slanted, but shouldn't hurt industry looking to move to Paris.

“It would have no impact right now, but we don't want any of these negative things reflecting on our community. It's a rather negative article about us,” he said."

If the shoe fits, wear it. this guy needs open-heart surgery--or maybe even a heart transplant-- to change his sick, closed mind. what crackery.

 
At 3/16/2007 12:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart goe's out to this young lady and her family. I can't fathom when but one day we shall be free.

 
At 3/16/2007 9:01 AM , Blogger Rachel Briggs said...

Good luck in your campaign for this poor girl. What injustice!

 
At 3/16/2007 1:24 PM , Blogger unityoak said...

I must thank you for bringing this to our attention. I have a fourteen year old who I'm going to make write this young lady. I must also add can people stop calling her poor girl. Words are so powerful I'm sure she'll rather be called free girl or Shaquandra.

 
At 3/16/2007 1:44 PM , Blogger Mother said...

Thank you, Rachel and Unity.

 
At 3/16/2007 5:35 PM , Blogger notfearingchange said...

It takes a community to raise a child. I find it ironic that when society fails to provide the structure so as to aid and allow children to grow...it is the children who pay.
Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

 
At 3/16/2007 6:00 PM , Blogger Vancouver mermaid/Montreal photographer said...

Ths is the first time I've heard about this. (It's my first time on your blog, I came from Notfearingchange)

I'll be looking into this as well,

Michelle

 
At 3/16/2007 6:04 PM , Blogger Vancouver mermaid/Montreal photographer said...

I just read more on your blog! I am linking you to my blog immediatly so others can click on your link too.

Your story must be heard.

Michelle

 
At 3/17/2007 10:36 AM , Blogger Mother said...

Notfearingchange,

Yes, it does. It's always the children who pay in peace or in wartime.

 
At 3/17/2007 10:37 AM , Blogger Mother said...

Thank you, Michelle.

 
At 3/22/2007 8:14 AM , Anonymous Pearl said...

What's the governor's address ?

 
At 3/22/2007 8:18 AM , Anonymous Pearl said...

Found it.

 
At 2/13/2011 8:00 PM , Anonymous Matthew Freedom said...

To many place in this country this is happening. Minority children are an easy target for the Industrial Prison Complex. Get them young and they have customers for life.

 

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