Clifford Hayter

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Clifford Hayter

Hello, my name is Clifford Hayter, I am serving a sentence of Life Without the Possibility of Parole (LWOP). I was convicted of second-degree burglary/murder in the first degree and have taken responsibility for the jury’s conclusion. I was engaged in a burglary that unfortunately took the life of Ms. Amundson.

The state argued that she was “scared to death”, in other words, they said that I stressed her into having a heart attack. I had no intent of this happening to anyone. I have broken the hearts of the victim’s family, my parents, family members, friends and have prayed and asked for forgiveness for the past 18 years.

I am a loving brother, uncle, great uncle and cousin to all of my family members. At this time in my life, I am passionate about giving back to others in any way that I can. I was born and raised in San Francisco with both of my parents, brother and sisters. My parents have taught me a great deal about work ethics, which has lead me to jobs such as: plumbing, carpentry, fork-lift operation, general warehouse, janitorial and auto repair.

During my incarceration, I have discovered ways to engage others socially by refereeing sporting activities, involving multiple individual attitudes in compromising situations that warrant my decision as a referee. I’ve learned how to hone my conflict-resolution skills in those situations. I’ve also learned to prioritize areas of importance to myself, as well as others. I have been working on bettering myself by working towards earning my GED. I also participated in self-help programs and earned some chronos.

We all know that “LWOP” is a death sentence, but through the grace of God, I know that a second chance is possible.

For more details concerning my case, you can contact me at:

Clifford Hayter V32822
CSP Solano, B7-208
P.O. Box 4000
Vacaville, California 95696

January 6th, 2018


Chad Rhodes

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Chad L. Rhodes

My name is Chad Rhodes, and I commence my wording by expressing my sincere veneration to all who read this notation in hopes to gain some needed support that’ll be immensely appreciated.

I’m from Oakland, CA and I’m currently serving an LWOP (Life w/o the Possibility of Parole) sentence for an Oakland cop killing in January of 1999. I ask that no one be judgmental or bias toward me in any way due to my sentencing case or circumstances for things aren’t what they appear to be, just because one is sentenced by the system. When the system fails by their own nescience of jurisprudence, then I think it’s time for “Democracy” (The People) to bring about emendation by supporting those that were unjustly henced by the system.

Right now lawyers are looking at my case and I am waiting for a response. I’m immured at CSP-Solano, regardless of my horrid and draconian situation I am still very optimistic and driven by constructive thought. I’m goal and career oriented and on a daily basis, I study and apply myself to attributes that enable me to move forward progressively and intellectually. As of lately I’ve been looking over a few books on real estate and business. I’m very ambitious and refuse to let my unfortunate situation deter me from prospering in a productive form. I have so much to offer that can be beneficial, and whether I’m fortunate enough to be exonerated of my case or not, I will continue down a path of progression.

I may be just a stranger to most, but also remember that I am a human being like yourselves and have been unjustly imprisoned; and this is why I’m asking for support from my counter-parts (other human beings) who are morally based. As I stated earlier, the system failed which resulted to an innocent person (me) to be castigated and deprived of my physical emancipation. It’s imperative that we as people realize that anytime the system fails, it can be anyone of us that pays unjustly – so I ask of your support by doing what you can to bring my situation to light.  Hopefully this country as well as the world will one day see the larger scale of things and understand the erroneousness that exist within systems, and if we don’t support one another  or do anything to change it; then not only are we contributing to inimical ramifications, but we’re also setting negative future for the young to subject themselves to.

I digress by saying that I’ll be grateful for any and all support, and that your time and lending hand will be greatly honored.

For more details concerning my case, you can contact me at:

Chad L. Rhodes, T93699
CSP Solano (B11-202)
P.O. Box 4000
Vacaville, CA 95969

Jan. 6 2018

Douglas Lee Wright

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Doughlas Lee Wright, March 2017

April 2017


. . . has served almost 39 years in California prisons as inmate number 013994, will be 74 years old this year, is a U.S. Army veteran, has no prior arrest or conviction record, but is now in extremely poor health.

Doug has shrunk to five foot seven and some 120 pounds. On the picture here on the left, his “Mobility Impaired” green vest and orthotic shoes are visible; he currently needs yet awaits hip replacement surgery.

This profile prepared by: Ken Gage

There may once have been good cause for Doug’s imprisonment, back in 1979, but today his continuing daily torment equally punishes California taxpayers. Collectively wasting billions in tax dollars annually, Doug is one of thousands of harmless and decades-serving geriatrics in California prisons. The State should release Doug today!

After honorably serving eight years in our U.S. Army, and with a wife and child in Hawaii, in mid-1979 Doug was enticed by persons in Solana County California to visit a would-be friend-acquaintance to provide allegedly urgent financial and personal aid. However, it soon became clear that this man was befriending and leaching off of Doug to support a drug habit — Doug, a “square” non-smoker non-drinker, generously but foolishly aiding this con-man, a man well-known to local police. Assuming this man to be armed, the result of this conflict was that Doug, under extreme mental and financial pressure, fired several shots at this man outdoors in front of the residence, tragically killing three who attempted to either shield or aid this man. This man, the instigator, managed to survive by hiding behind a tree.

Doug squarely admitted his culpability, repeatedly expressing extreme remorse. However, Doug’s jurors were treated to altered testimony of witnesses at his trial, testimony curiously and substantially different from their initial police statements — pressure tactics routinely applied by prosecutors scheming for a maximum penalty. Yet the jurors, likely confused by Doug’s patriotic and clean record, refused to reward the prosecutor with a Death Penalty sentence.

Amazingly, state records show that after having served fewer decades than Doug, some persons convicted of murder-robbery, kidnap-murder, multiple murders, rape-murder, etc., are now paroled, while various schemes for early release of young men and addicts bound to reoffend are planned to relieve prison crowding. Yet thousands of harmless geriatrics remain imprisoned at outrageous expense for both their custody and poor medical care. These are tragic cases for both victim and prisoner families, but taxpayers are not at fault.

— Ken Gage

A Future Stolen: Walk With Me Now

Greetings, my name is Damone Johnson and I would like to tell you about myself and how I came about being incarcerated.

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Damone Johnson, his  mom and nephews

Well, I consider myself a fair, open-minded person, good-hearted, God-fearing, and hardworking, just to name a few. Back in 1993 the world was different. I had just turned 21 years old and never really was focused on who I was or where I was going. I grew up in a community where financial increase was the focus although I never had a problem working hard to earn an honest dollar; from the age of 10 years old, I was fixing on old lawnmowers and going door-to-door in the neighborhood, asking to cut spacious Sacramento lawns while living with my mom.

My dad taught me a good work ethic, so at the age of 12 I got my first official job with a West County Times Paper route (Man! those Sunday editions LoL). As I grew in age, so did my needs and desires, which lead me to seek better employment such as Taco Bell and Jack In the Box, which both had their pros and cons, which resulted in me sleeping in class, so I had to quit. Yes, I was working while still in high school (a Freshman to be exact). So as I became a Sophomore, my desires forced me to acquire better employment with Safeway, who was willing to work with my school schedule and I truly enjoyed working there for over a year. Around this time, I saw that the men in my era were doing less (Streets/Hustling) for a lot more money. So before I knew it, I was no longer a legit worker, but a heavy Pharmaceutical seller, which lead to time in Juvenile Hall, and then 9 months in Byron Boys Ranch, where I turned 18 years old.

The thought of going to State Prison refocused me and I got a job at UPS. My older cousin motivated me and shamed me into earning a living legitimately, although I was still keeping the wrong company which brought all the past negative elements back into my life, but without financial gain.

In 1995, as I heard the Harsh Guilty Verdict of a crime I did not nor could have committed; I say to myself, “Felony Murder! How did I get here!?” Shaking my head. “My life is over…” Fast forward, several years of incarceration, years of constantly studying in different Prison Law Libraries, and perfecting my understanding of this Justice System. God blesses me to truly understand and apply what I have spent all these endless hours learning, which resulted in me discovering that my prosecuting attorney not only was unethical and used false DNA evidence clearly exonerating me of this crime! This evidence was intentionally withheld for 18 years and the FALSE DNA has been retested by today’s technology and proven to be false.

Because I don’t have any financial means to retain a lawyer, I still sit in Prison for a crime I truly didn’t commit. IF I did have the financial means, my case would be on the news about all the injustice of my WRONGFUL CONVICTION. This is my 24th Christmas, Thanksgiving, Birthdays and much more. Not only did I lose most of my life, but the passing of my Dad, the person who taught me to ride a bike, how to bathe, brush my teeth, clean up, a strong work ethic, save my money, and talk to people with respect. Yes! I experienced the teaching of a Hands on Father! Literally at times. LoL. I am worthy of your investment in my injustice. I have dignity, honor, respect, and gratitude, but most of all; I’m truly God fearing.

Thank you for reading this excerpt of my life. Hopefully it has intrigued you and I will hear back from you.
Very truly yours,

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Damone Johnson youth picture

Mr. Damone Johnson J-81022
CSP Solano B8-149
Box 4000
Vacaville, California 95696

Pictures: Me, mom and nephew, and an old picture of me. LoL

Michael Brown: About the Lifeline Youth Offender Program

By Michael Brown
Contributing Editor

Throughout my eighteen years of incarceration on a life sentence, there have been many times where I’ve found myself trying to discover a renewed sense of purpose and way to be of service to others. I realized that as a lifer I’m part of the class of prisoners that is often discriminated against by the prison system. We are usually housed in facilities that limit our activities and our access to positive programs. Moreover, society rejects us (lifers) because, from their perspective, we have nothing to offer or give back to their communities… as we are sentenced to die in prison.

However, the program, Lifers With Optimistic Progress program (L.W.O.P.), is more than an activity to partake in or just another program. After 18 years of incarceration, with the last twelve of those years being serviced in the Security Housing Unit (SHU), the L.W.O.P. Lifeline Youth Offender Program provides me with a new sense of purpose – mentoring the youth who are entering the prison system. This amazing program also allows us as a collective group to give back to society.

The L.W.O.P. program illustrates how this class of life prisoners generally rejected by the system and society can be a positive and productive resource for both the prison system and society. The L.W.O.P. mentors with more than 200 years combined experience in prison utilize their experience and insight to teach incarcerated young men the importance of participating in positive prison programs. Allowing these lifers to give back to society by enabling them to assist and influence young men who will reenter their communities with a more positive and productive mindset, is beneficial to all of us.

It is important to understand that the real engine or driving force of the L.W.O.P. Youth Offender Program is the youth! These young men made a conscious decision to work on bettering themselves while incarcerated so that they will reenter society better prepared to succeed as men and fathers: to be positive examples in their respective communities and for their families. It is for these reasons that the system and society should begin to recognize and utilize the insight, experience and will of the lifers in prison. It’s time to fully acknowledge and treat Lifers as having something valuable to offer.

My hope in writing this on behalf of the L.W.O.P. Lifeline Youth Offender Program is to increase interest and receive much needed and deserved support and sponsorship from those on the outside. It is one thing for society to overlook the lifers, but another issue all – together for society to NOT take an interest in the incarcerated youth who will return to their communities in the near future. It all begins by supporting the positive programs available to them while they are still behind the walls.