For each of our exoneree interviews, we’re taking your questions that you want us to ask, and the answers will be able to be viewed in the online archive, which will contain the interviews in their entirety. However, we thought you might like to see the answers sooner than that, so we’re publishing them here on our blog after each one.

Submit your questions for each of our exonerees on our Facebook, via Twitter by using the hashtag #oneforten or by emailing them to info@oneforten. Next up is John Thompson, who was on Louisiana’s death row for nearly 2 decades because of blatant prosecutorial misconduct and hiding of evidence. Be sure to shout out your questions before Wednesday!

Sabrina ButlerHere are Sabrina’s answers to your questions:

From Lisa Welsh Robbins: Was she able to grieve her baby’s death or was she just “stuck” in survival mode at that point? 

I wasn’t able to grieve. I never got the chance to go to the funeral, I didn’t know where he was buried and all that until I got out. I just was stuck there, in survival mode trying to live.

From Lisa Welsh Robbins:  Also, death row is obviously horrible for anyone (male or female), but does she feel it’s tougher for a woman since we tend to be more social and nurturing beings? Does the solitary aspect of it magnify for a woman?

Yes it does, because if you don’t have a strong constitution you will literally go crazy. I have seen people go crazy in their cell and they wasn’t on death row. To sit in a cell 23 hours a day looking at walls, and there’s nothing else for you to do, you will literally lose your mind. You have to have a strong constitution for this in any case.

From Petra De Jong: Does Sabrina feel that the plight of female DR inmates sometimes gets overlooked because there are so few of them?

 Yes, I do. And I still think there’s a lot of females out there. But I think the men, they spend more time on death row than females, that’s what I’ve heard over the years.

From Dodie Junkert: Did she feel as though the interrogators were able to assess her reasonable/rational behavior as a woman or did a lot of her actions “not make sense” to the male interrogators, leading to additional unwarranted suspicion? 

Well they weren’t emotional to me at all. They were…you did it, point blank. They didn’t care how I felt, lady you did it., that’s all.

From The Injustice Archive: What is the first thing that you did when you were finally set free?

Go to my mother in laws house to see my son. I had to get the lawyer to take me over there, cause she wouldn’t let me see him.

When I walked out, I walked out of the courtroom actually and when my trial first was going on, it was cameras was everywhere. But that night when I walked out the courtroom, there was only one lady there, and only one camera. And she was trying to talk to me, but I didn’t want to talk to her. I just wanted to get over and see my son, that was the only thing I had on my mind.

From Nick O’Connell: How difficult was reintegrating into society? What services should the state provide to exonerates to ease that transition? 

It’s very hard when you’ve been locked up so long, meeting other people is a hard thing for me. I’m a loner now, and I think they should have some kind of counseling for people who’ve been put in prison like that and exonerated because it’s a lot to do with your mental state. And I do have issues with you know being scared all the time, (thinking) you know what my life would be like or who’s gong to come and mess with me or are they going to lock me up again. And I’ve never had counseling, but I would like to go through that….

It has, it has affected me tremendously because even now, today, when my children, my husband are asleep, I walk through the house and check them constantly. I still don’t sleep that good cause I want to make sure nothing happens on my watch. Even down to my dogs. I mean I just it’s like a mechanism that just goes off in my head a certain time of night and I’ll just get up and I’ll just check the house.

From Frank & Nick O’Connell: What was the experience like for your family members? Both when you were convicted and when you were exonerated? 

Being on death row, you’re not the only one who serves time, your family serves time too. My mom, she went homeless and everything just trying to tell everybody what Mississippi was doing to me and she just was really depressed…But since I’ve been free you know, they’re happy. We’re closer than ever.