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YGB Lisa Mitchell

A group of about 15 protesters stood along North Whitney Way Wednesday morning, calling for the release of Lisa Mitchell, a black transgender woman who is in the Dane County Jail.

Lisa Mitchell, a black transgender woman who has been in the Dane County Jail since May, was released Friday after community mobilization on her behalf.

On Wednesday, the Young, Gifted and Black Coalition, Freedom Inc. and Operation Welcome Home delivered a petition with more than 500 signatures to the office of attorney Cynthia Stoppel at the state Department of Administration offices and to Mitchell’s parole officer, urging her release.

Mitchell, whose legal name is Roy Mitchell, was found guilty in November of theft, resisting or obstructing an officer and prostitution, all misdemeanors. She was sentenced to nine months in jail.

On Friday, she was released after being given a time-served sentence, according to the Young, Gifted and Black Coalition.

“I’m just ready to go home,” Mitchell said Friday, ahead of her release.

Mitchell has been in and out of jail and prison for years, mostly for theft. After a stint in the Dane County Jail in 2006, Mitchell filed a lawsuit against officials there claiming discrimination and harassment by jail officials and fellow inmates.

The parties reached a settlement in the case and it was closed Oct. 5, according to court records. Mitchell said she can’t talk about details of the settlement as part of the agreement.

In preparation for her release, Mitchell said she’s been working with women’s center Project RESPECT, which is helping her get an apartment and set her up with a social worker.

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“Once I get out, I have some stability with that,” she said.

The Young, Gifted and Black Coalition lauded her release Friday as “a huge victory.”

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