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UnCommon Law is a California non-profit organization whose mission is to help long-term prisoners obtain release. We represent these prisoners in parole board hearings and in court petitions challenging the parole board and the governor.

We have already helped hundreds of prisoners obtain release, including 26 already in 2014 (out of 42 hearings). We also represent 10,000 life prisoners in a class action law suit against the parole board’s psychological assessment process. All this has been done on a shoestring budget.

There are 34,000 life prisoners in California, including hundreds sentenced as children, who need your help! It’s time to generate resources and awareness for this important cause.


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Please join us for our SECOND SCREENING



A documentary exploring the injustice of solitary confinement

and the transformative power of art


September 18 @ 6:45 PM

The New Parkway Theater

474 24th Street in Oakland

Admission is $10

This screening is a benefit event for UnCommon Law. Herman’s House (www.hermanshouse.org) is a powerful documentary that captures the creative journey and 12-year friendship of Herman Wallace, who spent more than 40 years in solitary confinement, and artist Jackie Sumell. What kind of house does a man who has been imprisoned in a six-foot-by-nine-foot cell for over 30 years dream of? Join us to find out. The film will be followed by a discussion with former lifers in the California State Prison system.

We had a tremendous response to our first screening, which SOLD OUT! We expect an even larger turnout for our September 18 screening, so please get your tickets early HERE.

Please note, also, that we need to start at 6:45 PM sharp. We strongly encourage you to arrive by 6:30 PM at The New Parkway (www.thenewparkway.com) to ensure you have time to park, buy food/drinks inside, pick up your tickets, and find good seats!

We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you on September 18th!