Freedom for Kelly Turner Brings Freedom a Step Closer for Other Third Strikers
Kelly and her attorney on the day of her release
On Tuesday, September 8, 2009, after serving
13 years in prison for a low level forgery, Kelly Turner was granted her
freedom. Through the dedication of her attorneys and her family, a way
was found for Kelly to come home. She visited the FACTS office this week
and expressed her deepest appreciation for our role in educating the public
about the brutality of Three Strikes. In her, Strikers have a
strong advocate in the fight for their freedom and FACTS has gained a powerful
and dedicated educator and fundraiser.
Our relationship with Kelly began ten years ago when, FACTS, under the
leadership of Third Striker Reggie Ellis, began to organize Strikers
inside. Within a short time Inside FACTS organizers were in almost
all the prisons in the State. Among these amazing men and women was Kelly
Turner, a beautiful sister who came to us with optimism, creativity, hope,
humor and dedication. She was a regular contributor to the Inside
FACTS Striker. With each issue came new ideas to educate the public,
new campaigns in the pursuit of the road to freedom.
Six years ago, Kelly wrote and self-published "The Art of Incarcerated
Culinary" written in prison with recipes for those similarly situated
and/or for folks on camping trips, or those living near poverty, or below, in
today's difficult economy and doing without stoves and other luxuries.
The book is available for sale at www.facts1.net
In the book's dedication she writes; "This book is for all California
Three Strikers who are serving 25-years to life sentences for nonviolent
offenses, which include stealing a piece of pizza or videotapes, and forging
checks. We are on our way to a new beginning".