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Family members of Wanda Barzee, the woman who helped kidnap and torture Elizabeth Smart more than 16 years ago, say they won’t be rolling out the welcome mat when the 72-year-old felon is released from prison next week.

The news stoked fears about whether Barzee remains a threat and underscored serious concerns about mental health treatment in America’s prison system.

Barzee has spent the past 15 years behind bars. She pleaded guilty to helping former street preacher Brian David Mitchell kidnap Smart in 2002. She was convicted on both state and federal crimes and was transferred to the Utah state prison in April 2016 after finishing a federal sentence in Texas.

the woman who helped kidnap and torture Elizabeth Smart more than 16 years ago, say they won’t be rolling out the welcome mat when the 72-year-old felon is released from prison next week.

“From what I know, no family can take her in or would take her in,” Barzee’s niece Tina Mace said.

The article goes on to state the following:

Utah authorities announced last week that they had miscalculated Barzee’s sentence and that she would be released Wednesday.

The news stoked fears about whether Barzee remains a threat and underscored serious concerns about mental health treatment in America’s prison system.

Barzee has spent the past 15 years behind bars. She pleaded guilty to helping former street preacher Brian David Mitchell kidnap Smart in 2002. She was convicted on both state and federal crimes and was transferred to the Utah state prison in April 2016 after finishing a federal sentence in Texas.


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