An Oshawa woman has written a book, detailing the struggles her family has had with the parole system after her father was murdered in 1991. She is hoping the book will help create change.
“21 years before this became public, I didn’t talk about this, it was just something we kept to ourselves.”
Lisa Freeman is sharing her family’s story in a new book titled ‘She Won’t Be Silenced.’ The book details her father’s murder 25 years ago in Oshawa and the struggles her family has endured since the murder and with the parole board. In 2012 she received a letter from the parole board saying the man responsible for murdering her father was up for parole… 4 years before his sentence was complete.
“I never expected this, it’s just been a continual battle with the parole board and when they named me twice in front of the man who killed my dad at the panel hearing, they introduced me with my full name and then when I challenged them about it they said it’s the offenders right to know who is complaining about him.”
Lisa fought with the parole board and took the battle to the ombudsman who then agreed with her that the victim’s family should have the option of having their names excluded from the Parole Board Hearings. Her troubles didn’t stop there, and that is why she felt it was important to share her story.
“I don’t think people know unless you see the system from the inside, I know the parole board has had a lot of wrong moves in the past but headlines and they let this person out but if you are looking at it from my point of view it is the smaller things that are leading to bigger mistakes.”
Lisa has lived most of her live in Oshawa and is hoping sharing her family’s story will help bring more changes to the parole system.
“At the beginning of June, I started a petition to the government of Canada to amend the certification of conviction because I feel that if somebody is sentenced to life in prison with no parole for 25 years and that is what is on the certificate that our family was handed that that should be followed.”
Lisa’s book is available through amazon.ca