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Demand Clemency for Dianne Zachry

This zap was organized by decARcerate in collaboration with the family of Dianne Zachry.

Ways to Engage: Phone or Email

The Injustice

Dianne Zachry has been incarcerated since 1975. She was the first woman sentenced to life without parole in the state of Arkansas.

After repeated sexual abuse from her husband, Dianne was convicted of capital murder for her role is his murder.

At 75 years old, Dianne has multiple medical issues, including diabetes and breast cancer.

During her forty-seven years of incarceration, Dianne has gotten her license in Drug/Alcohol Abuse Counseling, and spent years mentoring and counseling on ways to overcome substance abuse/addiction.

The victim's brother told the Arkansas Parole Board and then Governor Mike Huckabee that he has forgiven Dianne and is willing to see her released.

She has a multitude of friends and family that would help her reintegrate into society. We are demanding that the Governor grant her release so she can spend the remainder of her years with her family.

Call to Action

Call Governor Asa Hutchinson at (501) 682-2345 and ask that he grant Dianne Zachry's request for clemency. You will likely be asked to leave a voicemail.

Use the link below to send Governor Asa Hutchinson an email in less than 15 seconds:


Talking Points

  • Dianne is a prime candidate for compassionate release.

  • She is a 75 year old woman that has been incarcerated since she was 28. She is a severe diabetic and survivor of breast cancer. She requires lots of medical attention and medication that has now become a burden on the state and tax payers.

  • Dianne is no longer a threat to society. She has had no disciplinary infractions.

  • Dianne has a multitude of friends and family that would help her reintegrate into society upon release.

  • For many years she worked in the prison to mentor and educate young people on the effects of drugs, and even got her license as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Addiction Consultant (CADC) to help others.

  • In 2005, the brother of the victim told the Arkansas Parole Board and the Governor, as well as the Texarkana Gazette that he had forgiven Dianne and was okay with her being released.