A HUGE VICTORY FOR CALIFORNIA: SB 1437 heads to the Governor's desk!

A HUGE VICTORY FOR CALIFORNIA: SB 1437 heads to the Governor's desk!

Today we claim victory as Senate Bill 1437 goes to the Governor's desk for signing. On this journey, we carried the stories of the people we know who have been impacted by this unjust law. Every meeting and every call was personal and we held these stories in our hearts. This was the most personal legislation we have ever worked on and we felt a huge responsibility to fight for…

San Francisco Chronicle: Senate Bill 1437 to overturn California’s murder-accomplice rule gets Assembly approval

San Francisco Chronicle: Senate Bill 1437 to overturn California’s murder-accomplice rule gets Assembly approval

SACRAMENTO — Efforts to overturn a law that holds accomplices in murders as culpable as those who do the killing narrowly passed the state Assembly on Wednesday. SB1437 by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, would limit murder convictions to those who actually commit the crime, changing current law that holds accomplices to the same standard as those who actually committed the crime under what is called the felony murder rule. The bill…

NowThis: California and Overturning the Felony Murder Rule

NowThis: California and Overturning the Felony Murder Rule

"Re:store Justice is working on this bipartisan legislation because of all of the people and families we know who have been affected by this unjust law. The financial cost to the State of California to imprison those who never personally committed a murder, nor even intended to commit a homicide runs into the billions of dollars. The human cost is even greater. The California Supreme Court has repeatedly urged…

URGENT: Call Your Assemblymember TODAY

URGENT: Call Your Assemblymember TODAY

TODAY is the most critical day for phone calls to Assemblymembers. Please take ONE minute to call your Assemblymember NOW and urge her/him to vote AYE on SB 1437, so that we can bring fair and just sentencting to our justice system. Simply, follow the link below to locate/call your Assemblymember. Directions and a call script have been provided for you here. SHARE THIS LA TIMES COVERAGE. … GET…

Activists urge change to law that allows accomplices in crimes to be sentenced for felony murder - LA Times x SB 1437 Coverage

Activists urge change to law that allows accomplices in crimes to be sentenced for felony murder - LA Times x SB 1437 Coverage

Written by Mini Racker and originally published by the LA Times here. Activists gathered at the state Capitol on Tuesday to demand that lawmakers change California’s felony murder law, which allows defendants to be convicted of first-degree murder if a victim dies during the commission of a felony, even if the defendant was an accomplice or did not intend to kill. A measure being considered by lawmakers, Senate Bill…

WATCH: SB 1437 RALLY AT THE CA STATE CAPITOL

WATCH: SB 1437 RALLY AT THE CA STATE CAPITOL

Thank you everyone for channeling your good energy, dedication, passion, & support towards #SB1437! We're in the final push - if you believe in fair sentencing, please take one minute to CALL YOUR ASSEMBLYMEMBER & encourage your networks to do the same. CALL YOUR ASSEMBLYMEMBER SPREAD THE WORD VIA SOCIAL MEDIA SUBSCRIBE TO SB 1437 UPDATES RETURN TO THE SB 1437 MAIN PAGE ** If you attended the rally yesterday & have…

Hold Californians accountable for the crimes they've committed, not for murders they didn't do

Hold Californians accountable for the crimes they've committed, not for murders they didn't do

SB 1437 is heading to the Assembly floor, & for good reason: Californian’s are ready to reform the senseless felony murder rule & advance our justice system on a path towards fairness, accountability, & improved public safety. Call your Assemblymember now to help pass this bill into law >>> restorecal.org/sb1437-callyourlegislators!!! Read the LA Times coverage written by our Policy Director, Kate Chatfield, & Boardmember, Lara…

ALERT: SB 1437 PASSED out of Assembly Appropriations + Rally Invitation!

ALERT: SB 1437 PASSED out of Assembly Appropriations + Rally Invitation!

We have exciting news to share, R:J community! Senate Bill 1437 , a bill to amend California's felony murder rule, passed out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee today! This life & tax dollar-saving legislation is headed to the Assembly Floor, where the final vote is scheduled to take place by August 31st. Dozens of office visits and calls have been made, hundreds of support letters have been sent, thousands of…

WORD IS TRAVELING: California considers limiting broad ‘felony murder’ law

WORD IS TRAVELING: California considers limiting broad ‘felony murder’ law

Senate Bill 1437 coverage by Associate Press out today. Read here. The truth about the injustice of the felony murder rule, alongside the hope of reform & relief through #SB1437, continues spreading throughout California, the nation & the rest of the world. Help make sure your Assemblymember is listening: restorecal.org/sb1437!…

CAMERON TERRELL, FELONY MURDER AND “…THE STATE OF THEIR INSTITUTIONS” PART 2

CAMERON TERRELL, FELONY MURDER AND “…THE STATE OF THEIR INSTITUTIONS” PART 2

Commentary to this BlackVoiceNews article. Whether or not an individual is charged with felony murder to face life in prison is at the discretion of the prosecutor. The application of the rule varies county by county & has proved to disproportionately impact women & youth of color. #SB1437 is California's opportunity to amend this antiquated & arbitrary form of extreme punishment. Please continue sharing with your networks & sending in…

Not the Killer, But Charged with Murder? Lawmakers Weigh Changing 'Felony Murder' Law

Not the Killer, But Charged with Murder? Lawmakers Weigh Changing 'Felony Murder' Law

Jacque Wilson, a San Francisco public defender whose brother, Neko, is currently facing prosecution under the felony murder rule, spoke out on The California Report today. Senate Bill 1437, if PASSED by the State Assembly this month & signed into law by Governor Brown in September, would save Neko from spending the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole, separated from his family - for a…

An in depth look a California's felony murder rule, its impact and implications.

An in depth look a California's felony murder rule, its impact and implications.

WE DESERVE a justice system that persistently seeks to defend the principles of fairness & accountability in the name of public safety. Passing SB 1437 will be a major step in that direction. It’s time to restore the lives affected by unjust sentencing practices & stop draining our resources on insensible, ineffective policies. To listen in on the efforts to roll back California's felony murder rule, check out KPBS…

Four Stories of the Felony Murder Rule in California

Four Stories of the Felony Murder Rule in California

It's time California acknowledges that this law can be applied unfairly & in some cases, has caused disproportionately long sentences for people who DID NOT commit murder. It's time for us to advocate for change.…

PLEA: An Introductory Film to a Complicated Injustice

PLEA: An Introductory Film to a Complicated Injustice

In our broken criminal justice system, there are many ways to get sentenced for murder - without committing the actual murder. Director, Joseph Oppenheimer, a former criminal defense lawyer from the UK and our wonderful partner in this work, developed PLEA as an introduction to a complicated injustice. The film tells the story of a plea bargain falling apart in a South LA Juvenile Court. It touches on the pervasive…