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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!

Voices from California's Death Row


The Justice that Works Act and The Death Penalty Reform and Savings Act are both bunk. They don’t want to execute an innocent person and yet you’d take away their lawyers and give them LWOP, how nice.


Both Props are written by overzealous prosecutors who put us here in the first place. Also state does not pay for Federal appointed lawyers. You can keep people in prison for life without all this crap.

Voices from California's Death Row

Joe Johnson

1.      It’s not fair or impregnable to influences.

2.      I’ve been doing life without parole for the past 37 plus years!

3.      I would prefer top work. I don’t think there are enough jobs for all, LWOP’s now!

4.      If someone has to pay restitution, it should be money they earn, not funds received.

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