Kelly Savage is a domestic violence survivor. Kelly Savage has been in prison since 1995.
In 1995, Kelly's abusive husband killed her son Justin after she put her children to sleep and left the house to run errands.
Although Mark Savage beat his three year old son to death while Kelly was gone, she was arrested along with for not preventing the death.
The state of California believed Kelly should have left her husband and taken her child with her.
During her trial, the prosecution scoffed at the idea that Kelly had not left her husband out of fear associated with a history of domestic violence. The prosecutor said Kelly enjoyed being beaten.
Kelly was sentenced to live behind bars without the possibility of parole for the rest of her life.
Huh, Kelly got life?
Are you kidding me?
Kelly was not present for her son’s killing, but the DA blamed her for not escaping and saving her children sooner, ignoring the very real and documented dangers associated with attempting to leave an abusive partner. The DA also exploited Kelly's history of abuse to suggest that she didn't run because she enjoyed the beatings, and sacrificed her son to "please" her abusive husband.
California’s Intimate Partner Battering legislation allows Kelly to petition for a review of her conviction by introducing expert testimony about her abuse that was not allowed in her trial. Kelly’s defense was severely harmed by the absence of expert testimony to explain how prolonged intimate partner battering was relevant to her case. Kelly’s lawyer and trial judge fought her request for an expert in domestic violence who could have testified on her behalf.
It is Prison Friday at Scission.
For Kelly Savage it is just another day in confinement.
The following is from the Prison Activist Resource Center.
Why Is California Keeping Kelly Savage in Prison for a Crime She Didn't Commit?
At her trial, the prosecutor argued that Kelly enjoyed the beatings and that, because she had not fled, she was equally at fault for her son's death. Both were convicted of torture and first-degree murder and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. In 1998, nearly three years after her son's death - years Kelly Savage spent in jail - she entered California's Valley State Prison for Women. This year marks her 19th in prison.