Mary chose a profession where she could help others that were struggling, working as an outreach worker and advocate for people with mental health issues in Alameda County. She worked tirelessly: organizing, supporting, and helping others. She became a leader in the Alameda County Pool of Consumer Champions where she volunteered hundreds of hours over three years, and was hired by Alameda County Behavioral Healthcare Services to oversee Consumer Relations where she is greatly admired and highly respected.
But now, that fateful choice to flee New Mexico has come back to haunt her. On February 1st, two US Marshalls entered her work place where they arrested and hand-cuffed her, taking her to Santa Rita Jail where she is currently held without bail while she waits to be extradited to New Mexico.
Mary is in real danger of losing everything she has fought so hard to attain -- her job, her apartment, and her ability to do the things that keep her mentally well. The community is in danger of losing a great leader, supporter, and role model as well.
We know that Mary must be accountable for her past. But we ask the court to consider that this is a loving, loyal, and hard-working woman who is not only fully rehabilitated, but actively making a huge contribution to the community, helping others to break the cycle of mental illness, homelessness and drug addiction as she has done.
Is the purpose of our judicial system punishment or rehabilitation? If the purpose is to rehabilitate people and stop crime, then that purpose is better served by freeing Mary on probation and allowing her to return to her work in Alameda County helping others, not imprisoning her.
Sign this petition if you believe the court should FREE MARY to return to Alameda County!