For more than 40 years, PCJP has been tirelessly advocating for persons who are incarcerated
The Post-Conviction Justice Project at USC Gould School of Law fights for second chances — through parole representation, parole-readiness workshops in prisons, courtroom representation and legislative advocacy.
A clinical program directed by professors Heidi Rummel and Michael Brennan with certified law student interns, PCJP works with men and women — many sentenced to life-terms for crimes committed in their youth over 20 or 30 years ago. Since 2008, PCJP has co-sponsored or written nearly every juvenile justice bill in California, impacting tens of thousands of lives.
Watch: Romarilyn’s Story featured in Now This
Now This featured the story and work of Romarilyn, former client of the Post-Conviction Justice Project at the USC Gould School of Law. PCJP represented Romarilyn in…Keep reading
PCJP Co-Director on KPCC: Sentencing Reform in California
Heidi Rummel, co-director of the Post-Conviction Justice Project and professor at USC Gould School of Law, discussed California’s prison reform efforts Sept. 30 on KPCC’s “Air Talk”…Keep reading
“Shining Star” Norma Cumpian Makes News Fighting for Change
Former PCJP client Norma Cumpian, who came home in 2010, was recently the subject of a feature story in The Sacramento Bee. The piece describes Norma’s journey to…Keep reading
Alumni Spotlight: Alisa Blair (’02)
Current Position: Special Adviser to L.A. District Attorney George Gascon. A native Angelino and mother of two, Alisa is now dedicating her life to improving the criminal…Keep reading
Alumni Spotlight: Nina Rosser (’21)
While a student with PCJP, Nina won a hard-fought appeal in California’s First District Court of Appeal pertaining to juvenile culpability and the felony-murder law in California.Keep reading
Taking the Lead
Through litigation and, most broadly, through legislation, PCJP has led the way toward hope for incarcerated youth. Since 2008, PCJP has written or co-sponsored nearly every juvenile…Keep reading
“We believe in the power of hope.”
“Law school classes taught me to think like an attorney, but PCJP made me an attorney.”
— Alex Hurd, JD 2016
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