Four Stories of the Felony Murder Rule in California

Four Stories of the Felony Murder Rule in California

From the Court of Appeals opinion in a young woman’s case in the Central Valley: V.J. was found guilty of first degree felony murder for her participation in an altercation that led to the death of one individual. Her co-defendant, the perpetrator of the homicide, was a man who rented a small house behind her home and had a history of violence. He had instructed V.J. to…

California spends too much on prisons, not enough to keep people out of prison

California spends too much on prisons, not enough to keep people out of prison

The prison population & crime rates across #California have declined, yet state spending on incarceration has grown by 32% since 2007. 📈 “We are spending too much on our prison system because our justice system has become convoluted with excessive sentences, countless crimes and arbitrary sentence enhancements.” When we spend over $80,000/year to keep one individual behind bars and less than $12,000/year to support a K-12 student,…

California Proposes Legislation to Address Lethal Force

California Proposes Legislation to Address Lethal Force

Accountability should be a core value reflected THROUGHOUT our criminal justice system. If California moves forward with this, we will be at the forefront of addressing the issue of lethal force. This is a huge institutional step towards repairing harms and strained relationships between law enforcement and communities. ProtectThePeople Read more about the announcement of the proposed bill on SacBee here. Photo credit: Assemblyman Kevin McCarty speaks at a press…

TAKE ACTION: We want to hear from you & support you!

TAKE ACTION: We want to hear from you & support you!

TAKE ACTION: We want to hear from you & support you! Please connect with us & add your loved one's to our mailing list by sending us an email at info@restorecal.org with their name, CDCR #, facility, housing unit, & if comfortable, your loved ones sentence, so that we can share what legislation might apply to him/her! Please share widely - those on our list will have news…

Sign this Petition: SEEKING REDEMPTION

Sign this Petition: SEEKING REDEMPTION

The enormity and complexity of California’s laws has inadvertently created an environment where a person who has committed a crime for the first time, even though their conduct may be attributable to youth, addiction, or any similar circumstance, could be sentenced to die in prison with no possibility of redemption or opportunity to make amends. Add your voice to this cause here.…

Listen to Ear Hustle Season 2!

Listen to Ear Hustle Season 2!

“Firsts” in prison can be especially memorable: the first time you meet your cellie, or leave the prison for medical treatment, or run your first marathon. Alongside these tales, Adnan Khan shares the story of his first visit from his mom, 13 years after he was incarcerated. Listen here.…

Care Call for Youth: Join us on March 20th at 8pm!

Care Call for Youth: Join us on March 20th at 8pm!

Cares for Youth, Cares Call Tuesday with Laura Sheppard, Criminal Defense Attorney Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 8 PM Call: (515) 604-9384 Code: 313882# Ms. Sheppard will join CARES for Youth host, Dennis P. Flynn, on a CARES Call that employs an interview format to learn her perspective on the impact of changes in California law for youth serving extreme sentences. We will cover topics ranging parole hearing preparation and…

News Analysis: Jeff Sessions comes to California bearing gifts

News Analysis: Jeff Sessions comes to California bearing gifts

Most out-of-state politicians come to California to raise money. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions flew into Sacramento bearing a gift, in the form a lawsuit targeting this so-called sanctuary state. Read the CalMatters artice here.…

How Far Should ‘Raise-the-Age’ Reforms Go?

How Far Should ‘Raise-the-Age’ Reforms Go?

While the US imposes an age of majority on youthful offenders at the age of 18, many other nations rely on higher ages such as 20 or 21 to demarcate the separation of juvenile offenders and juvenile correctional systems from their adult counterparts. Read the article from The Crime Report here.…

Curious about the legislative process in California? Read this handy guide

Curious about the legislative process in California? Read this handy guide

The process of government by which bills are considered and laws enacted is commonly referred to as the Legislative Process. The California State Legislature is made up of two houses: the Senate and the Assembly. There are 40 Senators and 80 Assembly Members representing the people of the State of California. The Legislature has a legislative calendar containing important dates of activities during its two-year session. Idea All legislation begins…

Don’t fall for this trick that would gut criminal justice reform

Don’t fall for this trick that would gut criminal justice reform

A letter to the editor published the Sacramento Bee from Governor Jerry Brown who is responding to the ballot initiative that aims to gut the widely popular Proposition 57. Just a scare tactic Re “Keep violent sex offenders locked up” (sacbee.com, Feb. 22): Don’t be fooled by Assemblymember Jim Cooper’s latest ploy to scare Californians into supporting his cynical and deeply flawed ballot initiative, which would gut…

Restoring a community through dialogue

Restoring a community through dialogue

We are so honored to be featured in San Quentin News. Our work inside prison creating dialogues with incarcerated people, survivors and district attorneys are central to our work. Read the entire article here.…

California may up its rehab efforts to keep formerly incarcerated people from returning to prison

California may up its rehab efforts to keep formerly incarcerated people from returning to prison

In CA, the justice reform era imprints a positive mark on human consciousness. Successful policies have recognized new research on brain development, rehabilitation has become a priority of incarceration, conversations around humane treatment have surfaced, crime rates have fallen across the state (with the exception of certain counties), & reducing recidivism has bipartisan support. The momentum for progress only moves forward - the proposed budget reinforces our need for an…

California’s death penalty law may hinge on outcome of Arizona case

California’s death penalty law may hinge on outcome of Arizona case

Is California's death penalty and LWOP law so broad that it violates the constitution? If the the Supreme Court takes Arizona's case and decides that does violate the constitution this could mean big changes in California. We believe that to be constitutional, we must not define capital crimes so broadly that they give prosecutors and jurors virtually unlimited discretion to decide which murders should be punished by death. Such an…