Voices from California's Death Row



Thank you so much for sending this information. I’m responding to the questions. Feel free to publish if you like. Who I am doesn’t matter.

After sixteen years of being on death row dealing with racial and sexual harassment, reality tells me it matters not what I feel on any matter. I’m a prisoner subject to who’s in power or whatever law is passed or not. Still the fact remains I don’t agree with any things that has a controlling force over my life.

Voices from California's Death Row

Sergio Nelson

Hello, I hope this finds you doing well and in great health. This is in response to your survey. My response reflects my own opinion, I speak for myself, and did not consult other people on death row regarding their opinions before I responded to this survey. You have my permission to publish my words, if you choose to do so. 

1.      Would you like to see “The Justice That Works Act” passed or not?

I would not like to see the Justice that Works act pass, because it is not Justice that Works.  Why not? Please see other opinions below. 

Voices from California's Death Row

Brandon A. Taylor

1.      Would you like to see “The Justice that Works Act” passed or not? Why or why not? 

No, because there are and will be deserving inmates. 

2.      How do you feel about the replacement of Life Without the Possibility of Parole (LWOP), instead of the death penalty?

I believe it is not the alternative because a lot of inmates have served a lot of time on their crimes. 

Voices from California's Death Row

Sean Vines

1.      Not.  For a lot of us who are factually innocent, the appeal process is the only way for us to regain our freedom.

2.      By having LWOP, we’re forced to continue our appeal without the attorney. If/when we mess up our appeal, there’s no one to blame but ourselves.  We’re stuck.

3.      I would rather work to support myself than have to rely on the generosity of others.

Voices from California's Death Row

Richard Gamache

Thank you for your letter, and for sending me a copy of the ballot measure. I appreciate the fact that Finally someone, anyone, is finally asking what we, the “condemned” think and feel about this. 

1.      Would I like to see “the Justice that Works Act passes or not?  Emphatically Yes!  For several reasons – a) I came to San Quentin at the ripe old age of 23 years old (a “first-timer”) in 1996. So I have been forced to live in specialized housing for 20 years. With no programs! No real yard to speak of! A closet of a cell. No jobs…nothing! This is not living, it’s existing – AT BEST. 

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