An inmate girl dying from cancer had the sentence modified in Iowa


Fetters has late-stage breast cancer and the parole board considered she is really not a threat to public safety. Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal defense organization, said to journalists “we are really delighted that she is being released.” He added that his organization pursues similar decisions for other inmates who were juveniles when they were sentenced to life without parole.
After being transferred to the hospice, Fetters will have an intense supervision, including regular contact from a parole officer. Now she is 33 years old. She was diagnosed in September with stage 4 inoperable breast cancer. She began a hormone therapy treatment in October but it’s impossible to make an estimate of how long she could live.
Fetters was not a model inmate, she had eight disciplinary write-ups since 2007.


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