Out of the Blue: Loved Ones Search for Answers in Shaylene Graves’ Prison Death


Out of the Blue: Loved Ones Search for Answers in Shaylene Graves’ Prison Death Sunday, 31 July 2016 00:00
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Victoria Law By Victoria Law, Truthout | News Analysis

Shaylene Graves and her mother, Sheri Graves, pose for a photo together at the California Institution for Women visiting room in March 2016. (Photo: Sheri Graves)Shaylene Graves and her mother, Sheri Graves, pose for a photo together at the California Institution for Women visiting room in March 2016. (Photo: Sheri Graves)

Wednesday, July 27, should have been the day that 27-year-old Shaylene Graves walked out of prison a free woman. After eight years in prison, Graves, known as Light Blue or simply Blue to her friends, was looking forward to her first meal out of prison and the welcome-home party her family was planning.

Her family never got to throw that party. At 6:30 am on June 1, Graves’ mom Sheri was sitting in her car waiting for her oldest son Michael. As they did every weekday morning, the two were planning to drive from their home in Corona to Irvine where Sheri worked as a nurse and Michael as a barber. As she was backing the car out of the driveway, Sheri’s cell phone rang. On the other line was an officer at the California Institution for Women (CIW), the prison where Shaylene was finishing her sentence. He told Sheri that her daughter was dead.:::http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/37041-out-of-the-blue-loved-ones-search-for-answers-in-shaylene-graves-prison-death

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