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Executive Order Halts the Death Penalty. Now Let’s Drop LWOP!

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 the country and has sentenced the greatest number of people to death row. Now, 737 have been granted life. It would be equally as ineffective and immoral to add that number of people to the 5,200 others who are currently serving Life Without the Possibility of Parole. Let us not sentence 737 more people to “the other death penalty.” [Read Full Message from CURB]

Gov. Jerry Brown sets record for pardons, commutations in California, San Francisco Chronicle, December 24, 2018.

CCWP is so happy to share the news that today Governor Brown granted 73 more commutations for people with Life Without Parole (LWOP) sentences.  13 of these are for people in women’s prisons most of whom CCWP has supported with their commutation process. 60 are for people in men’s prisons. Brown also granted 58 commutations for people with other sentences and 143 pardons.  Copies of the gubernatorial pardons and commutations can be found here.

Governor — offer more hope to those serving long prison sentences, San Francisco Chronicle, December 4, 2018
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 gubernatorial pardons and commutations can be found here. Through this unprecedented number of commutations Brown is recognizing the injustice of LWOP and other forms of extreme sentencing.  Thank you to all who have supported the DROP LWOP campaign.  Together we will continue to demand commutations for all 5,000+ people with LWOP sentences and the end to LWOP and all forms of extreme sentencing.

DROP LWOP Rally KPFA, The Pacifica Evening News, August 6, 2018

Drop Lwop Rally in Sacramento, CCWP images and story, August 6, 2018

California felony-murder law challenge backed by US court, San Francisco Chronicle, August 6, 2018
California Coalition for Women Prisoners’ Response to Governor’s Holiday Commutations Justice Roundtable, December 23, 2017
The Moral Problem of Life-Without-Parole Sentences Time Magazine, October 26, 2017
Drop LWOP – The Time is Now!  CURB, October 6, 2017
California Governor Commutes 9 Lengthy Prison Sentences USNews, August 18, 2017