Janet Jackson, written by Jeannette Harding



Janet J. Jackson has been incarcerated since 1986 for hiring friends to murder her husband.  In spite of the fact that she argues that she was being abused by her husband and her friends took it upon themselves to kill him, she has been incarcerated for almost 32 years with no chance at parole.
I have known her for over ten years and didn’t know that 32-year-old woman who was sentenced.  But I know her as a positive, cheerful, honest, caring woman who is an advocate for herself and others serving time at Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln.  She’s a hard worker who does a lot of good there, but age is slowing her down and she now has to walk with a cane.
What is the purpose of keeping this now 64-year-woman in prison?  Is it to protect society?  No, she is not a threat to herself or anyone else.  Is it to punish her?  I believe almost 32 of incarceration is enough.  Is punishment for the rest of her life fair or does it have any purpose except revenge?  I believe not.
It’s a shame that people don’t know Janet.  If they did, they would see that keeping her in prison is cruel and pointless.  The old belief in “lock them away and throw away the key” just doesn’t make sense.  It is possible to determine whether someone is likely to re-offend or not, and Janet clearly deserves to live out the rest of her life somewhere other than prison.


3 thoughts on “Janet Jackson, written by Jeannette Harding

  1. Janet Jackson is a wonderful woman. I had the pleasure of meeting her and she does not deserve to stay one more day in prison. She is a smart, kind person who @ 64 yrs old would be an asset to society. She and many others deserve a 2nd chance. Please look @ these woman, not for the crimes that were committed, but for the time that they have served and what they have all done during their time. So many like Janet have been locked up and the key has been tossed, but it doesn’t have to be that way. GIVE them a 2nd chance and you all will see that not one of these ladies will ever return to prison.

  2. Janet Jackson is a hard worker. She is a caring, loving person. I did 7 of her 32 years with her we became good friends. I have watched her change and grow wise for her years. Isn’t prisons job to regulate people. I can personally say she is and would do well in socety. She has a good record and has ed. Her self in order to function out here again. Let her and others like out there remaining lives in freedom and peace.

  3. Janet is a bright, loving, kind person who has spent most of her time helping others and fighting for their rights. I consider her one of my best friends, for 20 years. Janet would be a perfect candidate for parole, because she would continue to be an advocate for the rights of others.

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