News and Updates

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 […]

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Strategy Session

Sept 14-15, 2019 Los Angeles On the weekend of September 14-15, over 125 people gathered at the beautiful Community Coalition building in South L.A. to strategize about how to end Life Without Parole and all extreme sentencing in California. The convening was initiated by the California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP), Californians United for a […]

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Executive order halts death penalty

On March 13, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom announced his decision to halt the execution of 737 people sentenced to death in California prisons. This moratorium on capital punishment acknowledges the significant racial, economic, gender and disability disparities in death penalty sentencing and is an important step toward justice. California has the highest prison population in […]

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Gov Brown Grants Executive Clemency

GOVERNOR BROWN GRANTS EXECUTIVE CLEMENCY, NOVEMBER 21, 2018 CCWP is thrilled to share the news that today Governor Brown granted 70 more commutations and 38 pardons.  Among the 70 commutations of lengthy sentences, there are 32 for people with Life Without Parole (LWOP) sentences, 8 of them for people in women’s prisons.   Copies of the […]

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Drop Lwop Rally in Sacramento

On Monday, August 6th, 2018, CCWP joined CURB and many other organizations to deliver an open letter to Governor Brown asking him to change all LWOP sentences to parole-eligible sentences (over 100 organizations signed the letter!). We also held a powerful rally on the steps of the capitol to join forces in our fight against […]

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