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Voices from California's Death Row

Albert “Ru-al” Jones


Like many of guys I’m not for the D.P. but I have a case to prove my innocence, and the best way for me to get my shot at my freedom I need the court system.

So I rather stay on the row where I have access at these appeal lawyers and being on the row I have a good chance with the state and federal courts.

I know if they choose to speed up the appeal process a lot of innocent guys will get executed or LWOPP which I don’t want, so to have state habeas lawyers which I have now I need to see how this part of the process go, and if the state denied my appeal I’ll have a better shot at the federal level.


Voices from California's Death Row

Charles E. Case

I have always been in favor of the death penalty and after spending twenty years on this death row I am more favor than ever. So I would probably be in favor of the “Death penalty Reform and Savings Act. “

You are asking for my opinion of “The Justice that Works Act” so I will respond to that. If you feel that anything that I might say in this letter you might want to use on your website you can use my full name.


Voices from California's Death Row

Donald Ray Young


Yes, I would like to see “The Justice that Works Act” passed this 08 November 2016. Many of us are actually innocent, wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death. Victims of a dysfunctional system. We can’t get the years back. Leave us a semblance of life. As an abolitionist I stand against government sponsored executions, strapped in a death chamber or in our streets at the hands of corrupt police. If ‘all lives matter’ let us abolish capital punishment in California. I also believe other states will follow our lead. This momentous initiative has global ramifications. The appeals process will still be an option to challenge wrongful convictions. This is a step in the right direction.


Voices from California's Death Row

J. Manuel Lopez


1. No, because the proposed law is intended to simply end an archaic practice at the expense of the innocent and injustices that may or may not have occurred during trial proceedings. By not guaranteeing the right of appeal in the proposed initiative is a denial of a basic right to challenge the conviction itself…I urge the withdrawal of the ballot initiative.

2. There is no difference between LWOP and a death sentence. Both leads to the ending of a human being’s life; LWOP is the natural slower death, while a death sentence shortens the natural life’s process and, at least one knows the steps leading to it.


Voices from California's Death Row

Martin Jennings

Let’s address if “The Justice that Works Act” should pass or not?

Well! What I’m about to say, maybe a little controversial! But here it goes…


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