top of page

Sabrina Butler-Smith Writes Op-Ed for Elle Magazine on Melissa Lucio Innocence Case

At the age of 18, Sabrina Butler-Smith was sentenced to death for a crime she did not commit after the loss of her nine-month-old son, Walter, to a hereditary kidney condition. After spending over 6 years wrongfully incarcerated, Sabrina's case was re-tried and she was exonerated in 1995. Melissa Lucio was sentenced to death in 2008 for the alleged murder of her two-year-old daughter, Mariah, after a five-hour, coercive interrogation that ended in her reluctant confession. Sabrina writes about the similarities between her and Melissa's case stating, "The deck is stacked against women like us. Women who are poor, isolated. Women of color. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We can put a stop to Melissa’s execution. It’s the right thing to do. There is still time to avoid making this horrifying mistake." Read more


bottom of page