SENATOR CORTESE’S BILL WOULD ALLOW JUDICIAL REVIEW OF OLD SENTENCES
By CC News
January 19, 2023
Senator Dave Cortese (D-San Jose) has authored a bill to provide a ‘second look’ to Californians sentenced to death or serving life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The Senator’s bill, SB 94, would allow individuals to petition for judicial review on special circumstance offenses specified in Penal Code 190.2 committed before June 5, 1990, after they have served at least 20 years of their sentence.
January 15, 2023
Across the U.S., people in prison are hoping for compassion — and clemency — allowing them to rejoin their loved ones.
Sixty-three-year-old Lazara Ordaz has spent the past 24 years behind bars on a 35-year federal prison sentence for conspiracy to distribute cocaine. “I have missed over two decades of births, birthdays, Thanksgivings and Christmases which I will never get back,” Ordaz told Truthout.
December 4, 2022
As the movement to end the death penalty in the United States gains momentum – two-thirds of the states (36 out of 50) have either abolished capital punishment or conducted no executions in at least 10 years – serious attention is being paid to Life Imprisonment Without Parole (LWOP), which is on the books in every state, except Alaska. In the 27 states that have retained capital punishment, the only alternative sentence is LWOP.
September 15, 2022
Several human rights organizations submitted a 31-page complaint to United Nations experts today, alleging that the United States is committing torture and violating the prohibition against racial discrimination by condemning people to death by incarceration through extreme sentences including life and life without possibility of parole (LWOP).
BY Victoria Law
September 15, 2022
In a sharply worded complaint to UN special rapporteurs submitted on Thursday, advocacy groups call for an end to “death by incarceration” sentencing in the US.
This man’s imprisonment shows why California’s ‘special circumstances’ rule must change, reformers say
JULY 29, 2022
BY ANABEL SOSA
Jamil Wilson says he unwittingly became an accomplice to a murder in 1994. He served 25 years because of a statute that lawmakers hope to change.
June 23, 2022
Almost half of the people serving life without parole are 50 years old or more and one in four is at least 60 years old. Read this important report from The Sentencing Project.
May 27, 2022
by Leyland Cecco in Toronto
Canada’s supreme court has ruled that life sentences without the chance of parole are both “cruel” and unconstitutional, in a landmark decision that could give more than dozen mass killers who committed “inherently despicable acts” the faint hope of release in the future.
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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.
July 1, 2022 Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that he has granted 17 pardons, 15 commutations, and one medical reprieve. Read Press Release Here
This October 16th-23rd the Drop LWOP Coalition is hosting an online Strategy Week to bring together organizers dedicated to ending Life Without Parole. The week will be a mix of information sharing and brainstorming so we can build on the momentum of the past two years since our L.A. Strategy Session in 2019 and work together to accelerate concrete plans […]READ MORE 2021 DROP LWOP STRATEGY WEEK
Governor Newsom has released new commutation information: https://www.gov.ca.gov/commutations/READ MORE GOV NEWSOM LAUNCHES NEW COMMUTATION SITE