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.
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.
Check Out Our Inaugural Newsletter!
Want to know more?
Take a look at our groundbreaking video:
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.
SB 300 Update
As of August 29, 2022, SB 300 will not be moving forward through the California Legislature. This is the final week that bills can pass through the Assembly and SB 300 does not have the necessary votes (the bill requires a supermajority, or ⅔ vote). As a result, it was placed on the inactive file. While this bill will no longer be our pathway to changing felony murder special circumstance law, our work presses onward. Let’s be clear: this is a disappointment, but not defeat. Our collective work has advanced us towards justice – our stories and strength have given hope to our loved ones who are currently incarcerated.
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