Friday, May 26, 2017

Sisk - A Gallery of Giving

There's a saying that "actions speak louder than words," and this is true. It's easy for one to talk with good intentions, but typically, a good deed only comes about when one takes the initiative to apply said intentions to the world or people around them.

Mentioned throughout this blog and across social media are a plethora of examples showing how Farrah has helped those around her by listening, talking, and giving advice. In instances like this words become actions and saying becomes doing, but rarely are such intangible actions seen or believed by onlookers. Many who come across this blog are oft not aware of the kindness that Farrah emanates. This is because Farrah never sought fame; she only wanted to leave the world a better place than she found it.

However, tangible evidence of her kindness exists in her art, and in this blog posting, we display the work she made as gifts to others over the past year.


Whether she's out in the real world... 
 
 
 


 
 
...Or living in isolated incarceration...


 
 


 ...Farrah uses her sense of humor...




 
 
...Combined with her capacity for empathy and compassion...


 
 
 
...To give people hope...
 
 



...To shed light on their lives...


 
 
...To remind them to cherish those around them...
 
 

 
 
...To make people smile...
 
 
 


 ...Or just to give someone a part of her story.


 
 
 
No matter what hardship she faces, Farrah always finds a way to improve the lives of those she meets. She uses whatever she has, even if it's only words written on a postcard from jail, to make the world a better place. Imagine what good she could do if she wasn't in prison; if she wasn't subject to probation or lifetime internet ban.
 
Maybe one day, with your help, that will be possible. For now, stay tuned here at SaveOurSisk.org and keep an eye on @SaveOurSisk on Twitter for updates and ways to help Farrah "Sisk" Barney.
 
You can see more of Farrah's art at her gallery on Weasyl and her blog, "Ask-Keis".
 
--SSG Ops.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Full Coverage - Farrah Sentenced to 3.5 Years

Ever since her release from jail in June 2016, Farrah has been living in Phoenix, Arizona out of an apartment that she funded with commissioned artwork and occasional donations from close friends. She attended weekly therapy at  per the requirements of her probation at a cost of $70 per visit.

In November 2016 Farrah found the bravery to open up to her therapy group about the traumatizing rape she experienced during her most recent stay in jail. For this, Farrah was accosted by her therapist, Mindy Effertz. In a separate meeting with Farrah and her probation officer, Therapist Mindy Effertz of Mountain Valley Counseling claimed that Farrah was taking an ill-deserved victim stance. Effertz also forbade Farrah from further discussing the rape she experienced in jail, claiming that it was a rhetoric intended to distract from treatment. In the same meeting, demands were issued by Effertz to shut down a fundraiser operated solely by the former Justice4Sisk Team - a charity group who banded together to assist in paying Farrah's extortionate legal fees. With no option to argue, Farrah agreed to these demands.



However, on December 7th, 2016 before the Justice4Sisk Team could take down the fundraiser, an enormous donation was made, pushing the fundraiser beyond its intended goal of $40,000 and causing the fundraiser to enter an automatic successful close. Two days later Farrah received a call from Effertz, informing her, without warning or reason, that she would be ejected from therapy. As ejection from therapy constitutes a violation of probation, Farrah immediately contacted her probation officer who informed her that they would discuss the issue at a later date.

On December 21st, 2016, police arrived at Farrah's apartment to search the residence and arrest Farrah on charges of probation violation. Farrah was later delivered to Lower Buckeye Jail in Maricopa county, AZ to await trial on these charges. When the news reached our team later that day, we reached out to the members of the former Justice4Sisk team, who used the remainder of the fundraiser monies to hire a defense attorney. Upon reviewing the case, the attorney was convinced that this case would be opened and closed, and Farrah would be released from jail shortly. Repeated delays due to scheduling errors on behalf of the jail turned Farrah's predicted 3 month jail stay into a 5 month stay.

On January 27th, 2017 Farrah's family visited her apartment to find all of her possessions stolen or destroyed in what could only be described as a targeted burglary. The only thing left behind by the perpetrator was a message to Farrah, using her birth name "Josh". The Phoenix Police Department is still investigating this incident.

 

Finally, Farrah's plea hearing came without further delay on May 15th, 2017. At this hearing, Farrah and her attorney intended to enter a not-guilty plea and request a future trial date. However, just before the start of the hearing, the prosecution announced a motion to be made in the event of trial. The motion requested and block on future communication and visitation between Farrah and anyone who was not part of her immediate family. This would mean that she would not be permitted to call, text, or see any of her friends who, in lieu of any family living in Arizona, are her only line of support. In attempt to avoid this motion and potentially becoming even more isolated, Farrah opted to block the motion by changing her plea to guilty for the count of probation violation.

For her guilty plea, Farrah was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison, and to be returned to lifetime intensive probation upon release. Farrah was granted incarceration credit of 201 days towards her release for her 5 month stay in jail prior to the hearing. As of the writing of this article, Farrah's release date is currently set for August 10th, 2019.

 
 
SSG is keeping a close eye on this case. At this time, Farrah is still in processing, but once she is assigned to a yard, we will be able to provide a mailing address for her supporters to use to send her a variety of letters. Please continue to hold your mail to Farrah until we can provide this information. More updates to come soon.
 
 
--SSG Ops.


 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Farrah Sentenced to 3.5 Years


It is with a heavy heart that we must report Farrah has been sentenced to 3.5 years in prison following a probation revocation hearing on Monday 5/15/17. Per the hearing minutes, she will receive a credit of 201 days for her time in jail prior to the hearing, reducing her sentence to roughly 2.9 years. Upon release she will have served her time for count 2 of probation, but she will be restored to probation status for life on count 1. She will also be subjected to standards of intensive probation and continued internet ban following her release from the DOC.



SSG is still investigating this sentence. We are reaching out to our sources now and will provide more information here as such becomes available.

The hearts, prayers, and condolences of everyone here at SSG go out to Farrah, her family, and all of you that have supported her over the years. We are not done fighting.

--SSG Ops.