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Victory! Cherelle Baldwin, the mother jailed for three years for defending herself against her abusive ex, was found NOT GUILTY of first-degree murder.
More than 32,000 UltraViolet members joined allies in calling for Cherelle Baldwin's release, and now she's free. Cherelle is back home with her 4-year-old son and the rest of her family, and she's ready to get back to her life.
He tried to kill her, but she's on trial for first-degree murder.
Cherelle Baldwin, a Black mother and domestic abuse survivor, is facing up to 60 years in prison because she defended herself against an abusive ex. Despite a restraining order, he broke into her home and tried to kill her. In the end, he was dead and she had a broken leg, lacerations, and bruises from being strangled and beaten.
Her story is yet another example of how the justice system punishes rather than protects survivors of violence--but we can ensure her release. UltraViolet members and allies across the country were able to force authorities to release domestic violence survivors Marissa Alexander and Nan-Hui Jo, who were also imprisoned for trying to escape abusive ex-partners. We can do it again if thousands of us speak up. Will you sign the petition?