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LA Times Article on SB 300 California’s ‘special circumstances’ rule must change

BY Heidi 

August 02, 2022

SACRAMENTO — Jamil Wilson was planning to celebrate his 20th birthday with friends, so he didn’t give it much thought when one of them, prior to the party, asked if they could pick up another pal at his home in Cerritos.

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Davis Vanguard – CA Capitol Rally to Urge End to ‘Racist, Cruel’ Life without Parole Sentences

BY Heidi 

August 22, 2022

Members of the Davis Vanguard staff spoke with supporters of Senate Bill 300 who attended the Support SB300 rally at the California State Capitol in Sacramento on Monday, August 26th. SB 300, which would reform felony murder special circumstances policies, passed the Assembly Appropriations committee last Thursday, bringing the legislation one step closer to law. Joanne Scheer, founder and Executive Director of Felony Murder Elimination Project was among the advocates Vanguard staff spoke with.

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Jerry Brown—most forgiving governor in modern California history

BY Ben Christopher

December 24, 2018 Updated JUNE 23, 2020

Since 2011, Brown has pardoned 1,332 inmates, nearly four times more than the previous four governors combined. It’s also more than three times as many pardons as Brown issued during his first stint as governor between 1975 and 1983.

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Drop LWOP Rally 2018

On Monday, August 6th, 2018, CCWP joined CURB and many other organizations to deliver the letter below 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 LWOP and all extreme sentencing.

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

California Felony-Murder Law Challenge Backed by Ninth

August 8, 2018 NINTH CIRCUIT

[The Courts] ruling struck down a federal law, part of the Armed Career Criminal Act, that increased punishment for any felon convicted of being armed and committing a crime that “presents a serious potential risk of physical injury to another.” [Read More]

California Coalition for Women Prisoners’ Response to Governor’s Holiday Commutations

On Saturday, December 23, 2017, Governor Brown granted nineteen commutations.

Of the nineteen commutations, four are women serving Life Without Parole (LWOP) sentences and five are men serving LWOP. Two of the women, Kelly Savage and Susan Bustamante, are long-time members of the California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP).


By Brandon L. Garrett TIME Magazine, October 26, 2017

Only about 2,800 U.S. prisoners are on death row today, and only 31 were sentenced to death last year — which is remarkable. In the 1990s, death rows reached over 3,500 prisoners; several hundred were sentenced to death each year. This is a cause for celebration. But we should think carefully about what we have largely replaced death row with: life row.

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USNEWS, August 18, 2017

California Gov. Jerry Brown has commuted the lengthy prison sentences of nine inmates serving time for violent crimes, including six people convicted of murder.

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News and Updates



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 […]READ MORE STRATEGY SESSION



Governor Newsom has released new commutation information: MORE GOV NEWSOM LAUNCHES NEW COMMUTATION SITE



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 […]READ MORE EXECUTIVE ORDER HALTS DEATH PENALTY