UnCommon Law is a California non-profit law office whose mission is to help long-term prisoners understand and resolve the factors that contributed to their crimes so that they can safely be released. 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 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.

We held our Annual Life School in Berkeley back in April, which was a huge success in helping lawyers, law students and other advocates understand how to be most effective in representing prisoners appear before the Board of Parole Hearings. 

In addition, we have already helped 18 clients secure parole grants in the first half of 2015 and we look forward to even more in the second half.  

Stay tuned for other events later this year: 

  • Fall Reception for clients, participants and supporters of our Berkeley Law Student program (the Post-Conviction Advocacy Project – “P-CAP”)
  • October Film Screening of the Remarkable and Relevant “Crime after Crime,” which tells a personal and compelling story of what it takes to get out of prison from a life sentence.
  • November “Coming Home” Celebration of Released Lifers

Thank you for your continued support.

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