NEWS: Senator Cortese Introduces SB 300
Breaking News: On February 9th, Senator Dave Cortese announced SB 300, The Sentencing Reform Act of 2021, to reform California’s unjust “felony murder special circumstance” law and ensure that the death penalty and life without the possibility of parole cannot be imposed on those who did not kill, nor intend that a person die, during a crime. SB 300 will provide recourse to hundreds – potentially more – of people convicted under the “felony murder special circumstances law” that are currently awaiting execution or condemned to die in prison. Thank you to Senator Cortese and bill sponsors Silicon Valley De-Bug, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, the California Coalition for Women Prisoners, Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), The Drop LWOP Coalition, Families United to End LWOP (FUEL), and the Felony Murder Elimination Project. Learn more: tinyurl.com/SB300Justice
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.
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