Drop LWOP

#BringThemHome for the Holidays!

Life Without Parole is a Death Sentence. This holiday season call on the Governor to use his power of clemency – a power only he has – to commute the sentences of people with Life Without Parole (LWOP). He has already stated the Death Penalty is Unjust, Racist and Arbitrary. Now it’s time he take action to address the Other Death Penalty. 

Here’s how you can help: 

  1. Sign individual commutation petitions
  2. Connect with us to help your congregation, community or organization get more involved with our fight to increase LWOP commutations
  3. Share Graphics on Instagram and Facebook

Commutation is meant to be the final opportunity for redress of unfair trials, extreme excessive sentences, and inequities that result from racism and other forms of systemic injustice. 

For decades, California Governors have FAILED to execute this important responsibility of their office in the way it was intended. From 1975 to 1982, then-Governor Jerry Brown granted ONE commutation. However, during his most recent term, Brown commuted the sentences of 283 people in California state prisons, far more than any California governor since at least the 1940s. Fifty-two percent of people commuted by Brown were serving LWOP sentences, including 30 women. This should be the model that Newsom follows.

Sadly, this is a RECORD number of commutations for California. As many as 5,200 people are currently serving the racist, arbitrary, and inhumane sentence of LWOP,  including about 200 women, more than any other state in the nation. We are fighting to free them all. 

Commutations remain one of the only levers of release for people serving LWOP.

This holiday season, the #DropLWOP coalition is calling on Governor Newsom to reunite families across California by granting a HISTORIC number of commutations for people serving Life Without Parole sentences.

TAKE ACTION NOW!

We must fight to #BringThemHome for the Holidays! 

Learn more about DROP LWOP

Over 5000 people are serving Life without Parole, or LWOP, sentences in California prisons. People of color are disproportionately sentenced to LWOP and of the nearly 200 people serving LWOP in CA women’s prisons, the overwhelming majority are survivors of abuse, including intimate partner battering, childhood abuse, sexual violence, and sex trafficking.  

While commuting a sentence does not guarantee release from prison, it does guarantee that each person will have the right to see the parole board in their lifetime, rather than being sentenced to spend the rest of their lives in prison under a “living death penalty.” 

We celebrate the commutation of each and every person, and call for the commutation of all people with LWOP sentences in California prisons.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN ON TO OUR LETTER ASKING GOVERNOR NEWSOM TO COMMUTE ALL LWOP SENTENCES IN CALIFORNIA [Versión en español]

For additional ways to help with the campaign, click here.


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Women serving LWOP sentences at California Institution for Women