#FreeBresha Campaign Statement on January 2017 Bond Hearing

At Bresha Meadows’ hearing today, rather than release Bresha on bond, the court will transfer her from juvenile detention to a “treatment facility.” She will not be able to freely come and go from the facility. How then is this different from being jailed? It is also well-documented that so-called mental health treatment in detention can itself be traumatizing. We remain steadfast in our belief that Bresha has a right to self-defense and should not be criminalized or forcibly confined. We call for Bresha’s release from state detention so that she and her family are free to determine the best course for her recovery and well-being.

As a 14-year-old child pushed to her limits and fearful that she and her family might end up dead at the hands of her father, she did what she had to do to survive. She should not be tried and she most certainly should not continue to be jailed; this is unjust. We call on prosecutors to drop the charges against her and return to her family to begin the long process of healing. Short of this, she should at least be released from all forms of detention while awaiting trial. Bresha is a traumatized child survivor of domestic violence and her trauma has been compounded by her jailing for 175 days and counting.

We thank all of Bresha’s supporters who have organized workshops, protests, written letters, made art, donated money and more calling for her freedom. Bresha knows that you’ve been thinking of her, praying for her, and organizing for her freedom. She and her family have expressed gratitude for your support.

Please continue to agitate and organize in solidarity with Bresha’s family, friends and community. We’ll keep you updated on developments in the case as we learn of them.

Until all of Breshas are free.

-#FreeBresha Campaign
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3 thoughts on “#FreeBresha Campaign Statement on January 2017 Bond Hearing

  1. Bresha you are without doubt a hero. You saved yourself and family/friends from a tragic family outcome which happens all the time.. I have recently read of people on the fbi most wanted list of a husband that has murdered/killed his whole family. You have had the courage to NOT allow this to happen to your family and your courage and the prayers & love of all that understand this will help you through this -another tragic situation of instead of being allowed to be loved and pampered you have to deal with the unusual cruelty that this system here in the so called united states(invaders and occupiers) freely do. You are the victim of the systems inadequacies because you did try to say what was happening and noone was able to help. We know because of past recorded instances of because parents have in fact killed their families members that TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE in matters such as the threat you have lived with. In my personal experience I have found that time is purposely wasted by government officials that are supposed to tend emmediately to these kind of complaints because of either money (milking the system ) or by blatant laziness and lack of simple empathy and common sense. I love that you are alive Bresha and I pray for a miracle and wish you well and my support. You will be free

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