Supporters push for early release for Bowers - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Janice Broach

Supporters push for early release for Bowers

Former Tennessee State Senator Kathryn Bowers was sentenced to 16-months in federal prison, but now her supporters want an early release - even though Bowers has only served one month behind bars.

Bowers is serving her 16-month sentence at the federal prison camp in Greenville Illinois, 300 miles away from her former Senate District.  Last month, Bowers wrote to Action News 5's Janice Broach from prison, saying she is having a hard time adjusting because of her bad health, which includes heart problems, high blood pressure and failing eyesight.

And now, Bowers said, she has digestive problems.

After Action News 5's aired a story about Bowers letter, Janice Broach received an e-mail from a supporter who said she and many other people are pushing to get Bowers out early. 

In an e-mail to the warden in Greenville, the writer - who wants to remain anonymous - says Bowers should be released early because of her health problems.

In Italics, the woman wrote, "We believe she has learned her lesson...and we all make mistakes and we all would want mercy."

Bowers attorney, William Massey, said in an interview Tuesday that it is not easy to get out of prison early. 

"I don't think it's common at all," he said.

Massey said early release comes only with extraordinary and compelling reasons, but it is not a waste of time for Bowers' supporters to contact the warden..

"If that person believes the information they have received rises to the level of extraordinary and compelling reasons, then the Bureau of Prisons director can petition the court."

Massey said no one has contacted him to work to get Kathryn Bowers out of prison early. 

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