Launch of Petition to End Life Without Parole – 5 March 2018

Hey All… spread the word and be ready to put your signature once this petition is launched!

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Families to End Life Without Parole call upon us to be ready for their petition soon! California

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Willie Morris Clay II

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Willie Clay graduating

My name is Willie Morris Clay II, an Oakland California native, 51 years of age, and have been incarcerated since April 27, 2009. After my son was murdered, my life was also in jeopardy, which resulted in me killing a man while protecting myself and my family. There is so much more that lead to my victim’s demise, which I am truly remorseful for and will share at another forum, but for now I would like to focus on my redemption. Although, the unfortunate outcome of that tragic incident left one man dead and me with a life without the possibility of parole sentence.

Photo of Willie Clay and family

Willie Clay and family

I am a proud father of twelve children – three of whom are deceased – and a soon-to- be husband to my fiancé Tonya D. French-Clay, and I strive to be a positive role model to both of them, assist others and
my community in any shape or fashion. It has been a spiritual, as well as a personal, journey seeking redemption as I reflect and expound on my shortcomings with the younger individuals that I encounter on a daily basis. I have taken on the title of a Mentor, and I live by that in the Lifeline for Youthful Offenders Program which is a subsidiary of the L.W.O.P. (Lifers With Optimistic Progress) support group, to which I am a member of the steering committee.

Taking on these responsibilities did not happen overnight. It started in September of 2013 when I took Restorative Justice in San Quentin. Then in Centinela, I enrolled in Coastline Community College as a major in the Introduction to Business; I also received a certificate in the “Path to Peace” Program. I have benefited and grown the most with CSP Solano’s Rehabilitative programs. I am currently enrolled in Restorative Justice for a second term; participating in the facilitator’s course to become an In-Building Self – Help Program Facilitator; and I am a Facilitator/Coordinator for the Lifeline for Youthful Offenders
mentor program.

To measure the potential for public safety, public safety implications of life-sentences, it is valuable to examine the behavior of life – sentenced prisoners who are still incarcerated; the behavior of people in prison is likely to be productive of their behavior on release. Research literature is replete with support for the perspective that persons serving life sentences are some of the easiest prisoners to manage because of their compliance with prison rules and their interest in mentoring newer prisoners in positive ways. (See: http://www.sentencingproject.org/issues/sentencing-policy/ )

The aforementioned analysis of The Sentencing Project speaks to the values, principles and goals that – Lifers With Optimistic Progress seeks to overcome and accomplish. In addition, I would like to personally thank a true abolitionist and civil rights advocate of prison reform, whom actually contributed as a primary component of today’s changes in the judicial system across this country – the Renown Attorney/Author of: – The New Jim Crow – “Mass Incarceration In the Age of Colorblindness”,
by Michelle Alexander.

In solidarity,
Willie Morris Clay II, CDCR AR3562

Eric Clark

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Eric Clark

Under “Changed Lives” we have stories about people whose life sentence was commuted. Eric’s is one of them:

Hello, my name is Eric Clark and there has not been a day from July 7, 1992 to July 7, 2017 that I haven’t faced a Death Sentence or Life Without the Possibility of Parole, or have had to serve an LWOP sentence. Being an LWOP was not a sentence to serve, but became my description and a form of identification.

September 15, 2017, I was resentenced to 25 years to life, and after already surpassing my 25-year base term, I was already overdue for my initial Board of Parole hearing date. I even was 20 years old and became immediately eligible for parole as a Youthful Offender under SB 261.

So, in the last 4 plus months my life has been a whirlwind. Being a Lifer is much different than being an LWOP. There is a sense of now as a lifer, whereas an LWOP there was always time. That’s all LWOP’s have had for decades, is time. But now things are moving in the direction for those serving LWOP sentences, towards an opportunity for consideration to be treated like a lifer. What does that look like? What does that mean?

The conversations I’ve had with those LWOP’s on Level II tells me they don’t see it. So, my advice with those who truly seek consideration and a chance for freedom, Remember Your Victims. Do not approach this as if it’s all about you. Do not come across as if you are owed something or entitled. And convey that you realize that no hardship from an excessively harsh sentence can be worse than being a murder victim or their family.
Good luck to all those serving LWOP sentences. Do not become what you have been sentenced to serve.

Sincerely,
Eric Clark J-36404
CSP Solano C13-7-3
P.O. Box 4000
Vacaville, California 95696

January 25, 2018

This is a case about Eric’s brother, but Eric was also in the court case. They wanted to have this link posted here:

https://www.leagle.com/decision/incaco20160627061 (People v. Clark (2016) 63 cal. 4th 522)

Our first E-newsletter-January-2018

Greetings Family, Friend and Loved Ones in support of someone special incarcerated in a California State Prison!

You are receiving this email because your friend, family and or loved one has submitted your name and email address in hopes of getting your support for new laws.

Legislatures (Law makers) have passed a lot of new laws in 2017 and it is projected to be many more in 2018 that will require your vote to get your loved one justice and the chance of coming home in a timely fashion.

lifers-With-Optimistic-Progress-logoL.W.O.P. (Lifers With Optimistic Progress) is a support group that your family, friend and or loved one belongs to which is making great strides in showing the humanity of incarcerated people.

 

(Please see liferswithoptimisticprogress.wordpress.com)

You will receive periodic updates as they may pertain to your LWOP/Lifer connection. If you do not wish to receive these emails please reply to this email and simply say unsubscribe.

If you have family or friends who would also like to receive our updates please have them send an email to be added to our distribution list.

WE thank you and YOUR friend, family and loved ones thank you for your support and participation.

Sincerely,
L.W.O.P. Group

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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Hello- my name is Miguel Rivera

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Miguel Rivera

Hello, my name is Miguel Rivera. I am 27 years young and I have been incarcerated for 5 years now. I was sentenced to 35 to life, plus 14 years and 4 months. I plead “no contest” to avoid trial and possibly receiving an LWOP sentence, plus 31 years. I was literally between a rock and a hard place when I made the biggest decision of my life and plead “no contest.”

I originally came to jail for going to a gun range with my brother for his 21st birthday. I was 22 at the time of my arrest for possession of a firearm. 15 months later I was indicted for capital murder in “operation: sunny day”, the largest grand jury indictment in San Mateo County.

I grew up in the East Palo Alto, Menlo Park area for most of my life. Unlike most kids in that area, I have traveled and experienced many different places, cultures and walks of life. I am a son, grandson, brother, friend and much more. I am a High School graduate and was an active member in my community at the time of my arrest. I was never known as a bad kid, bully or gangster and I’m still not. I do not let my situation define me. I am a work in progress!

My goal now is to show the world who I am and who I can be. I’m utilizing all my resources and participating in every class I can to transform myself into a better person who will make better choices. I am fighting for my second chance at life. From the outside looking in it’s easy to see me as just another criminal, but I’m striving to show the world that I am so much more!…

Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment. I know I’ll see things better the second time around. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Miguel Rivera AK-3202
CSP Solano B8-222
P.O. Box 4000,
Vacaville, CA 95696

Meet Kenneth Allen

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Kenneth Allen

My name is Kenneth Allen. I was born and raised in Oakland, California to two loving parents.

In 1995 I was arrested for a first-degree burglary to which the District Attorney (DA) unceasingly sought 45 years to life sentence. I was 43 years old, raw and uncut (thugged out, in other words). Yet somehow, I discerned that there is only one way out of this situation, though I did not know what it looked like. A deeper part of my awareness was beckoning me, yet I was not conscious enough to acknowledge such a concept.

Knowing next to nothing about the law, I took over the pre-trial aspect of my case when it was clear that the Public Defender (PD) was merely rushing me through the process. Several months later, I procured my release on bail. Much to the panic of the District Attorney (DA) who collaborated with my PD to falsify a parole violation solely to have my bail raised.

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Kenneth Allen in an undated photo

I forged a few viable appealable issues which kept me pursuing legal remedies well after my conviction. Seeking the best legal minds in New Folsom Prison in 1998 led me to join The Inside Circle Men’s Support Group. Though I had absolutely no interest in what this group offered. To quote an old cliché, “the hunter was captured by the game”. This group is responsible for my maiden voyage to my “looks within myself”, where as a 48-year- old (in 2000) for the first time in my life, I discovered (realized) that as a child, I experienced profound emotional trauma. It also provided an immense jump-start to my emotional healing of which stimulated my spiritual growth.

Presently, as a man perpetually seeking healing in my life, I have a sense or Spirits’ hand in directing the course that was/is ordained for my life. My suffering can be turned into medicine from which others can find such healing that being the meaning of my suffering all along. The art of manifesting healing, is as basic as alchemy gets. I/we must become such alchemists, for only then can we stimulate Real Community.

I have dedicated the rest of my life to being instrumental in creating such circles wherever I find myself; this is the goal that ICF (Inside Circle Foundation) allows me to not only dream, but to actively strive toward, where by turning the greatest challenge unimaginable in my life into the promise of establishing a positive legacy that compliments the potential of who I conceive myself to be, “A True Asset to Humanity”.

Sincerely,

Kenneth Allen C-56316
CSP Solano B7-204
P.O. BOX 4000
Vacaville, California 95696

Meet The Intrepid Band: Rome, Rod and Joe

Photo of Rome, Rod and Joe of The Intrepid Band, December 23, 2017

Rome, Rod and Joe of The Intrepid Band, December 23, 2017

Here are Rome, Rod and Joe with their band, The Intrepid Band,  playing for the visitors on December 23, 2017.

They also honored a soldier who was visiting her Dad.

Rome, Rod and Joe of The Intrepid Band playing for the visitors on December 23, 2017

Rome, Rod and Joe of The Intrepid Band playing for the visitors on December 23, 2017