There have been several reports that Crystal Mason, the Black mother who is in custody for voting while on supervised release, has been released from prison. Unfortunately, this was not true and now the mother of three is at risk of losing her home.
Despite tweets on social media that Mason has been released, SiriusXM radio host Clay Cane, who has interviewed Mason and her lawyer multiple times, wrote on Twitter, “I exchanged emails w/ Crystal Mason’s lawyer & she has NOT been released. She’s still in federal custody & serving the remaining 3 months at a halfway house. She’s now facing 5 yrs in state prison & at risk of losing her home.” He also posted a link to her GoFundMe page:
Mason’s case is heartbreaking and a gross example of injustice in Texas. In November of 2016, Crystal Mason voted for Hillary Clinton in Fort Worth, Texas. The 43-year-old mother of three cast a provisional ballot, which wasn’t counted, and was told three months later she had committed voter fraud because she was on supervised released for the non-violent crime of tax fraud. After a long fight, the mother of three is now serving time and facing an additional five years from the state of Texas.
There is a deep hypocrisy in how Mason is being treated, considering a white woman from Iowa named Terri Lynn Rote was convicted of voter fraud for purposely trying to cast a ballot for President Donald Trump twice. She was only sentenced to two years probation and a $750 fine. In addition, the district attorney who prosecuted Mason, Sharen Wilson, reportedly asked her staff for personal contact information and then used it to solicit funds for her re-election bid, according to Appeal.org. Legal experts disagreed whether that was a criminal offense, but there is also ambiguity on if Mason actually broke the law or not—yet the 43-year-old is being harshly punished.
Mason has maintained no one told her she couldn’t vote, nor did she sign anything saying she could not vote while on supervised release.
“I just feel like the whole system failed me,” she added.
Back in January, Alison Grinter released a statement to Cane that read in part, “It’s my firm belief that Tarrant County is continuing to harass Crystal. She became eligible to be transferred to a residential re-entry center in October of last year. However, Tarrant County issued a warrant for her arrest for a sewer violation related to one of her properties.”
If you would like to help Crystal and her family, please click here for a GoFundMe page.