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Federal judges order Gov. Brown to start releasing inmates

As reported in the Los Angeles Times on June 20, 2013: A panel of federal judges on Thursday ordered Gov. Jerry Brown to immediately begin releasing inmates from the state’s crowded prisons. In a 52-page order signed by U.S. District Judges Stephen Reinhardt, Lawrence Karlton and Thelton Henderson, the court ordered Brown to expand good-time credits […]

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UCL’s work with law students featured in Berkeley Law’s Transcript magazine

The Post-Conviction Advocacy Project (P-CAP), a student-initiated legal services project at Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) supervised by our managing attorney Keith Wattley, appears in the Spring 2013 issue of Berkeley Law’s Transcript. Here is an excerpt of the article: For most of society, prisoners are literally out of sight and out of mind. Not so for […]

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Keith Wattley’s article published in Federal Sentencing Reporter

“Insight into California’s Life Sentences” (click for PDF), written by our Managing Attorney, Keith Wattley, appears in the April 2013 issue of the Federal Sentencing Reporter. Here is an abstract of the article: California currently has more than three times as many lifers as the state with the next highest total (New York). As the nation’s […]

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Lifer School 2013: Update

Bay Area Lifer School 2013, held on April 13 at the UC Berkeley School of Law, was a resounding success. Nearly 100 attendees spent the day learning about best practices for attorneys representing lifers, legal/policy issues concerning lifers, and ongoing community-based efforts to support lifers. Speakers included former lifers Noel Valdivia, Alton “Coach” McSween, and […]

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Legal Developments: 2008 – present

Lawrence and Shaputis are significant — not only because of what they said about how the parole consideration process should work, but also because they came from the California Supreme Court. All California courts of appeal and all county superior courts (where these petitions start) must follow Lawrence and Shaputis. Below are examples of how lower courts (and even the […]

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Legal Developments: 2000 – 2008

On April 27, 2000, the Second District Court of Appeal (in Los Angeles) decided In re Rosenkrantz (2000) 80 Cal. App. 4th 409. That case marked the first instance in a long time that a court struck down the Board’s decision and ordered relief for a lifer. The Court ordered the Board to give Mr. Rosenkrantz a new […]

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Introduction: The Legal Framework

The California Penal Code (section 3041) says that lifers are supposed to be granted parole the first time they become eligible. However, the Board of Parole Hearings and the Governor do not follow that law. Thus, lifers and their supporters need to understand how courts have been reviewing the Board’s and Governor’s conduct, and the limitations courts […]

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Thanks for visiting our site!

We have worked hard to design our new site so it is easy to use and understand. This site will explain various aspects of the parole consideration process. Bookmark this page so you can come back and keep up with the issues affecting California prisoners (especially lifers) and their families. Thank you for visiting us. […]

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