Organized by: Frankie Ingrassia
October 15, 2016
Friends and family, Our mother, Jackie, is being held at Lynwood Correctional Facility due to an injustice of the court in the state of Illinois. Earlier this year she was involved in a probate matter with her sister, Mary Ann, over the estate of their mother where the Judge ruled against the wishes of their mother’s living will and took Jackie off as executor, which is unheard of. The Judge ordered Jackie to appear in court, with only two days notice. Jackie thought that her lawyer was going to appear on her behalf but he did not. Due to this failure to appear and unbeknown to Jackie, an arrest warrant went out for her arrest and extradition to Illinois in California. On October 5, 2016, Jackie was arrested from her home on a failure to appear in a civil matter across state lines. You might ask where was her attorney at this time...very good question. We haven’t been able to contact him or his staff. Feel free to do so on Jackie’s behalf, since she had paid him $50,000 for his services or lack thereof…. Being close family and friends you are all likely aware that Jackie is not in the best health, a type 2 diabetic with high blood pressure, and suffered not 1 but 2 seizures while in custody of the Van Nuys Police Department because she was without her medication. In these moments it became clear that Jackie wasn’t going to tolerate the stress of incarceration well and that concern for her health by jail officers was the least of their priorities. Despite repeated requests to see a doctor and to have her medications administered, all requests have been refused. After 7 days of being incarcerated at the Los Angeles County Correctional Facility in Lynwood, Jackie has not seen a doctor, has been forced to take unknown medications, all at great risk to her health. Despite taking care of her mother for over 4 years until her death, the judge in Illinois denied her the states’ allowance to survive during this year. This entire ordeal, which has become completely out of control will make it impossible for her to work in LAUSD. Jackie’s rights are being taken away the farther this case goes. Currently, both states have refused extradition and the state of Illinois will not set a bail or bond with a body present in the state, isn’t that convenient. While we are trying to navigate California’s and Illinois legal systems Jackie is still sitting in prison, stuck in limbo at the mercy of the judicial system. Jackie is a wonderful mother and teacher and we have been receiving countless letters from her students and loved ones who are terribly concerned and await her immediate release. Two judges in Los Angeles have called this a travesty of justice and several lawyers in California and Illinois involved are beside themselves fighting the judge in Illinois to release her. We have been contacting everyone and anyone who will listen to help us fight back against this illegal incarceration, including the Attorney General of the State of Illinois, Senators, and the Chief Judge at the Winnebago County Courthouse. We are filing a complaint to the ARDC of the Supreme Court of Illinois and the Judicial Inquiry Board. There has been a fire lit under the judicial system in Illinois and we have had a lot of support to fight this injustice. And while we appreciate the moral support there are legal fees needed, which we can’t front on our own. To raise the money needed for the legal fees we are taking photo’s of her art to sell, friends are helping organize a garage sale of some of Jackie’s belongings, and we are going to post her room on AirBnB for rent. We appreciate any and all contributions to help release Jackie from jail before any more harm is done mentally and physically to her.