Cincinnati City Council voted unanimously on a resolution to honor Tyra Patterson for “her courage and perseverance in overcoming 23 years of incarcerations for a crime she denies committing and for her efforts to improve her life and those of many others.”
The resolution was proposed by Councilmember Tamaya Dennard, one of Patterson’s mentors.
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Patterson is working for the Ohio Justice & Policy Center in Cincinnati, which works to protect the rights of prisoners and those who leave prison. In prison, she earned her GED, paralegal certificate, furthered her education through several programs and even learned a little Spanish and Arabic. Before prison, she had a limited ability to read or write after dropping out of school.
Read more about Patterson in this in-depth feature by the Dayton Daily News.