UnCommon Law is a California non-profit organization whose mission is to help long-term prisoners obtain release. We work with prisoners for months or years in advance of their parole board hearings, and we represent them in those hearings and in court petitions challenging the parole board and the governor.

We ended 2014 with a Coming Home event to celebrate bringing home more than 100 clients so far. The event featured several former clients — Richard Poma, David Basile, and Nate Williams  – who discussed how we helped them translate their stories of personal transformation into a language the parole board could understand.  Our 100+ released clients are saving the state roughly $6 million every year while contributing immeasurably to their families and communities after decades in prison.

We are starting off 2015 with some significant accomplishments.  First, we were approved as a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt nonprofit, which means that our supporters can make tax-deductible donations directly to us by sending a check to 220 4th Street, Suite 103, Oakland, CA 94607, or by clicking the Donation Button below.  We are immensely grateful for the Prison Law Office’s willingness to act as our sponsor until we secured our own tax-exempt status.  

In addition, we have already helped clients secure parole grants in 12 out of their 15 hearings in these first couple months of 2015.  

Next up is our Annual Lifer School, which is taking place in Berkeley on April 11, 2015.  Go to the Events page to learn more and get registered.

Stay tuned for other events this year.  Thank you for your continued support.

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