DOROTHY BEASLEY - TENNESSEE
 I received a rather large packet of documents from Dorothy Beasley who is in a Nashville, TN prison.  The court orders she sent to me have been scannd for your review.

Here is Dorothy's letter to Patrick Crusade.  There's no date on it and the envelope isn't even post-marked.  I received it in August/September 2002.  I wrote back to her saying it would be a while before she received a response because we are so backlogged with our mail.  She wrote me a thank you note on 10/20/02, and hopes to hear from Patrick members soon:

Dorothy Beasley #126741
T.P.W. - Annex B-6
3881 Stewart Lane
Nashville, TN 37218

To: PATRICK CRUSADE

My name is Dorothy Beasley.  A friend gave me your address so that I might obtain help with my illegal sentence.  I don't mean to bother anyone but my hope is that once you hear a little bit about my sentence, you will want to help, because I sure do need it.

My story starts in 1985.  I somehow got started on drugs.  I don't know if I was just trying to get away from a  very rough childhood or trying to fit in where I didn't belong, but either way it has been a very long and hard road that I choose to carry.  Looking back over the years there's nothing I can do.  I can only look to the future and try my best.

In 1986, I received 3 years of state time from Sumner County, Gallatin, TN after 6 months of jail time that was reduced to state probation.  Then again in 1989, I received 10 years from Sumner County.  They revoked my state probation of 3 years, started the 3 years over again and ran the 3 + 10 consecutive to each other to make it a 13 year sentence and sent me to the Tennessee Prison for Women.  I didn't get the chance, maybe at the time I didn't want the chance to stop doing drugs because there was more on the inside than there was on the streets. 

I was released on June 4, 1991 on a safety value.  In 1993 I picked up another charge, and in February 1994, they violated my parole and I was sent back to prison.  In October of 1993, Sumner County put me on 8 years of state probation to run consecutive to my parole, then when the parole board violated me and I was returned to prison in February of 1994, they again violated my probation of 8 years.  Sumner County picked me up from the Tennessee Prison for Women in April of 1994, took me to their courts and revoked my probation, but then placed me on community corrections for eight years to run again consecutive to my parole. 

The parole board held a time setting hearing in 1995 and the board ran all of the sentences together on the day they were imposed.

I expiated my parole in 2001, then Sumner County violated my community corrections of 8 years and started it all over again on April 21, 2001.  I had some misdemeanor charges and they used those to violate my 8 years of community corrections to send me back to prison and then placed me on another 8 years of probation.  But this time, the Judge told the D.A. that he could not run the 8 years of probation consecutive to my parole as he wanted to do, because it was an illegal sentence that he could only run it consecutive to my periodic confinement, and that once I was released the probation would have to run consecutive.

I only realized at that time that if the probation sentence couldn't be run consecutive at that hearing, then the previous hearing where they gave me consecutive probation, then community corrections in 1993 and in 1994 had to have also been illegal.

I even tried to appeal the sentence to have it vacated or set aside but she says - she being the Judge - that it's my fault for being given the opportunity to do community corrections, even if the sentencing judge at the time was in error by putting me on community corrections while I was serving a prison sentence.

I will enclose a copy of my appeal to her and her response.  I done the best I can do but I don't know the law that well and the courts are using that to keep me from being released on this illegal sentence.  One thing I do know is that Judge Jan Wheatcraft stated in court that to run a probation or community corrections sentence consecutive to one's parole could not be done, that the sentence would not be legal when sentencing me to her 8 years of probation in April of 2001, therefore making the previous sentence out of the same courts and illegal sentence because it was ordered to run consecutive to my parole as a probation/community corrections sentence.

I was released on May 29, 2000 and according to the courts of Sumner County, I was supposed to report to them once my parole expiated and then start my community corrections.  My parole officer at the time said that it was wrong what they were doing and that they knew it.

Please I hope someone can help me!

Sincerely,
Dorothy Beasley #126741
T.P.W. - Annex B-6
3881 Stewart Lane
Nashville, TN 37218


IN THE COURT OF SUMNER COUNTY - MOTION FOR DISMISSAL OF ILLEGAL CONSECUTIVE PROBATION/COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS SENTENCING. , Page 2

ORDER BY THE COURT - FILED MARCH 7, 2002 , Page 2 , Page 3

ORDER BY THE COURT - FILED APRIL 24, 2001 , Page 2

ORDER BY THE COURT - FILED MAY 14, 2001 , Page 2

ORDER BY THE COURT - FILED JANUARY 27, 1997

ORDER BY THE COURT - FILED APRIL 12, 1994

JUDGMENT - FILED OCTOBER 6, 1993


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