Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Be a part of Shane's story

It has been a little over nine years since that day in May when I first met Shane Watson at Green Haven Correctional Facility. Nine years have gone by and I have learned a lot about the justice (injustice) system in NY, about how easily one can be convicted wrongfully, and how easily one who has been wrongfully convicted can be forgotten. We all have our own lives, our own frustrations, longings, dilemmas, and pressures. Taking interest in someone far away sitting in prison, someone we don't know...it's all too abstract.

For nine years people  have learned about Shane's case. It's an ordinary case, really, as cases go. It is not a case that would draw media attention like the case of O.J. Simpson, or Jodi Arias, or Lindsay Lohan. There are no celebrities involved in Shane's case, no fortunes to be lost, no glamour or sexual intrigue, no glitz. For nine years, when friends have learned about Shane's case, the question I'm always asked is "What can I do?". For nine years, my reply has been the same: drop Shane a letter, take time to write and know him as a person first. Then follow your heart.

Our legal fees remain at $6000. The case is progressing rapidly, with the advent of a hearing and other important developments that need to remain confidential. I urge anyone and everyone to donate whatever is possible, through the PayPal device on our blog. And as always, I urge you to write to Shane and offer a kind word of encouragement today, the 7149th day Shane has spent behind bars for...nothing.

Shane Watson's address:

Mr.Shane Watson
Green Haven Correctional Facility
PO Box 4000
Stormville, NY 12582

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