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?

Voices from California's Death Row

Spencer R. Brasure

1.      No! As one who maintains my absolute innocence, those of us currently still without habeas counsel would no longer get counsel with LWOP in place, despite our convictions being based on a capital trial.

2.      I am absolutely innocent! Prison is Prison! LWOP is nothing more than an even slower death sentence.

3.      It’s slavery? Restitution I have – I am innocent!

4.      It’s slavery!

Voices from California's Death Row

Anthony Cain

1.      Yes – then Death Row prisoners could be transferred closer to their families.

2.      Personally, it’s the same thing because we are going to die in prison regardless barring a miracle of justice!

3.      Not all inmates are able to work. In reality all California inmates with restitution are paying it now with their prison jobs. Family donations should be exempted.

Voices from California's Death Row


Yes, I would like to see “The Justice that Works Act” passed. I arrived on San Quentin’s death row in January of 1982. It wasn’t, and is not, a pleasant place to be. I saw men live out their last five days, before execution. The expressions on their faces, during those five days, I would not wish on anyone. If there is another rehabilitator, other than execution, it’s seeing men go for the last time.

The worst part is the waiting, the uncertainly. Year, after year, after year of sitting under Democle’s sword. I was granted penalty phase reversal in 2000, and have been waiting for a new trial ever since. Which is also unnerving because if I’m sentenced to death again, I’ll be sitting here another 20 or 30 years, on appeal! And, I may not live that long!

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