A criminal justice reform advocate at last formally puts her past behind her.
Childhood trauma led Rhonda Bear into a cycle of addiction, culminating in losing her children and serving 19 months in prison. She was released in 2002 and now runs She Brews, a Claremore coffee shop where she’s helped women leaving prison re-enter society since 2012.
Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a pardon for Bear there in front of a packed house Thursday.
“Rhonda’s just a fantastic Oklahoman. She’s provided so much hope, she’s an inspiration and she left her past behind 17 years ago, and I met her on the campaign trail two years ago. And so, it’s just exciting for me to be here today,” Stitt said.