Mary Virginia Jones was released from Century Regional Detention Facility for Women in Lynwood, California after a judge reduced her charges from first degree murder to voluntary manslaughter and time-served.
“I thank God. I give Him all the glory and all the praise because if it weren’t for Him, I wouldn’t be out. He gave me a miracle. Isn’t that good?” Jones said after being released. “God does everything in His time. Not when I want Him to, but in His time.” She was greeted by friends and family that had waited years for “Mother Jones,” as they call her, to receive vindication.
Jones was convicted for her role in the 1981 murder of two men until law students at USC’s Post-Conviction Justice Project (PCPJ) intervened to assist in the reopening of her case. PCPJ often assists inmates in getting their cases reviewed again by court officials who may have missed key evidence. Jones agreed to a no contest plea to voluntary manslaughter, according to a USC Gould School of Law news release.