Patricia Spottedcrow scheduled for early release

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KINGFISHER, Okla. -- The Governor has signed off on early release of the Kingfisher mom who sparked a nationwide debate about women in prison and the incarceration of convicts for non-violent offenses.

In 2010 Spottedcrow, who is a mother-of-four, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for selling $30 of marajuana.

The case brought nationwide attention to Oklahoma about women and incarceration for non-violent offenses.

Spottedcrow has been imprisoned at Eddie Warrior for 19 months.

Last year, a judge reduced her sentence to eight years.

Earlier this year the Pardon and Parole Board agreed to take a closer look at the Spottedcrow's case.

In April, the Board recommended early release.

This week, the Governor signed off on Spottedcrow's release, with one important exception: 120 days of work-release.

"This week the Governor finally did the right thing." said Spottedcrow's attorney, Laura Deskin. "his woman did not deserve to be in prison twelve years."

Patricia Spottedcrow will be transferred from Eddie Warrior Prison in the next few weeks.

It will be at least four months before she can live her kids again.

They are now two years old, three years old, five years old and ten years old.

"If she had spent all twelve years in prison, by the time she got out, it might have been too late. She might have been lost. Her children would have been grown. They never would have been the opportunity to see the mother they are going to see; a productive member of society, and a mom they can be proud of." Deskin said. "There are many other Patricia Spottedcrows out there. There are many other mothers out there serving long sentences. There is a lot of work to do."

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