Target: Mike DeWine, Attorney General of Ohio
Goal: Allow Bresha Meadows to stay at an alternate facility or at home for the holidays while she awaits the January trial date for the alleged killing of her reportedly abusive father.
A teenage girl who is accused of shooting and killed her allegedly abusive father has been in jail for four months and will remain behind bars through the holidays because her court hearing was postponed. This child has already been through enough and should not have to sit alone in a jail cell through the holidays. Demand that she be allowed to stay at an alternate facility or at home at least through the end of the year.
Bresha Meadows is accused of killing her father who she says mentally and physically abused her family. Her father reportedly beat her mother to the ground and threatened the family with a gun. Activists say that Meadows acted in self-defense and did what she had to do to save her family.
Meadows had a court hearing scheduled for this month which would have given her defense lawyer a chance to push for her release before trial. The court hearing was postponed by nearly two months, meaning Meadows will spend Christmas and the start of the new year in a jail cell away from her family.
Bresha Meadows has already spent an excessive amount of time in jail and the longer she spends, the more her mental state will suffer. Meadows should be given the chance to spend the holidays outside a jail cell. Demand that she be allowed to leave for the holidays and stay at an alternate facility or with her family.
Dear Attorney General DeWine,
I’m sure you’re aware of the case of teenager Bresha Meadows who is accused of killing her reportedly abusive father. Meadows has already spent months in jail awaiting court hearings and trials, a longer amount of time than normal for juvenile cases like hers.
Someone so young spending so long behind bars could have a long-lasting negative impact on her physical and mental health. Meadows should not have to spend the holidays alone in a jail cell away from her family just because her court hearing was postponed. I urge you to allow Bresha Meadows to stay in an alternate facility or with her family through the end of the year to ensure her mental state doesn’t severely suffer.
[Your Name Here]
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