Our mission is to end Life Without Parole sentencing in California. Our goal is to afford relief to those currently serving this sentence, no matter the conviction, through legislative change, commutations, pardons, resentencing, and public awareness about the injustice of the LWOP sentence.
Groups Urge U.N. to Call for Abolition of Death By Incarceration During Historic U.S. Visit
April 28, 2023 – Groups tell Expert Mechanism on Racial Justice and Equality in Law Enforcement: Life imprisonment violates human rights, including bans on torture and racial discrimination. Read about it here, and at The Center for Constitutional Rights.
ADVOCACY AND LEGAL GROUPS URGE U.N. TO CALL FOR ABOLITION
OF LIFE SENTENCES IN U.S.
On September 15, 2022, the Drop LWOP Coalition joined dozens of supporting organizations in submitting a complaint to the United Nations saying the United States is committing torture and other gross human rights violations by condemning people to “Death by Incarceration”(DBI).
Read the Press Release here.
For more information visit the Death By Incarceration Is Torture website.
What the Press is saying …
“I implore the members of the United Nations to imagine becoming a shadow of a memory while still alive,” Dinkins wrote in her hand-written letter. “I have been missing from family celebrations for over 50 years.” The Nation
“Death by incarceration is a statement of condemnation against even the possibility that one can transcend their worst moment and be worthy of life outside a cage. It’s a complete negation of one’s inherent right to redemption,” Felix Rosado told Truthout.
“The idea of redemption should be something that the state facilitates as opposed to hindering. They hinder the idea of atonement by imprisoning people but also confining people in the worst expression of themselves for the rest of their lives, even though that’s not who they are,” Carter told the Guardian.
2nd annual community event and Rally
F.U.E.L. (Families United to End LWOP) and Drop LWOP came together in Sacramento on August 21-22, 2022 to host the 2nd annual community event gathering at McKinley Park (Sacramento) and Lobby Visit and Rally at the State Capitol.
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Life Without Parole –
Special Circumstances and the Other Death Penalty
This 13-minute video shares the stories of six individuals formerly and currently sentenced to Life Without Parole and their families, highlighting the cruel and arbitrary nature of California’s extreme sentencing laws and calls for long overdue change.
What is LWOP?
The Drop LWOP Coalition works to end Life Without Parole sentencing in California. Our goal is to afford relief to those currently serving this sentence, no matter the conviction, through legislative change, commutations, pardons, and resentencing and public awareness about the injustice of the LWOP sentence.
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CLICK HERE TO SIGN ON TO OUR LETTER ASKING GOVERNOR NEWSOM TO COMMUTE ALL LWOP SENTENCES IN CALIFORNIA [Versión en español]