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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. 


Voices from California's Death Row

Michael J. Schultz

Q1: No, would not like to see “The Justice that Works Act” passed because it is unfair and imposes an unfair hardship on both inmates and families.

Q2: I feel both Life without Possibility of Parole and Death Penalty are cruel and unusual forms of punishment especially for a nation such as ours (USA) that wishes to think of ourselves as civilized. The first step in becoming civilized is to stop with these forms of punishment. People, I believe, can be rehabilitated.

Q3: Obviously not all inmates can work – if they are unable (i.e. medically, etc.) But work is good for people and they should be paid a fair wage. Nobody should have to be forced to work.


Voices from California's Death Row

Keith Zon Doolin


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

Yes, it is better that this Bill passes versus the State of Ca’s bill. 

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


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