Marissa Alexander is a black mother of three and survivor of domestic violence from Jacksonville, FL. In August 2010, she fired a warning shot upwards into the wall to defend herself from a life-threatening beating from her estranged husband. She had just given birth to a premature baby nine days before. Despite the fact that Marissa Alexander caused no injuries and has no previous criminal record, and despite the fact that Florida’s self-defense law includes the right to “Stand Your Ground,” she was subsequently arrested, prosecuted, and sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison. In September 2013, Marissa won her appeal and her guilty verdict was overturned, but she faces a new trial beginning March 31, 2014 and she is still in prison awaiting her re-trial.
INCITE! is part of Free Marissa Now, a coalition of organizers and people who have Marissa's back. We released a statement here: