Rabbi chaim richter and I met on death row during my second year of isolation in a maximum-security women’s prison in the Florida Everglades. I was the only woman on death row at the time. Having been wrongfully convicted in the murder of two police officers, I remained under sentence of death for five years until 1981, when the Supreme Court of Florida changed my sentence from death to life imprisonment. After twelve more years of imprisonment, I won my federal habeas corpus and the federal district court overturned my case. Rabbi Richter visited, counseled, and befriended me throughout those long years. Our relationship continues today.

Five years after my release, the rabbi officiated at my friend’s funeral. I rode with him to the reception afterward. What a strange feeling to be riding in a car with the very same rabbi who visited with...

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