Big Win for PCJP

A 74-year-old woman, known as “Mother Mary” to family and friends, was released from prison March 24 after serving 32 years for crimes committed by her batterer.  Mary Virginia Jones, represented by law students at USC’s Post-Conviction Justice Project, appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court. Dozens of family and friends…

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PCJP: Over 75 Lifers Released

For more than thirty years, the Post-Conviction Justice Project has represented thousands of clients before state and federal parole boards, and in both the state and federal court systems.  For the past twenty years, students in the Project have represented state prisoners, mostly women incarcerated at the California Institution for Women, serving life-term sentences for murder convictions.  Many committed crimes related to a history of physical or sexual abuse, and some were convicted for killing their abusers.  PCJP client Rose Parker, now Dr. Rose Parker-Sterling, was one of only three life-term inmates to be released on parole under then-Governor Gray Davis.  Her release in 2000 marked the first in an ever-growing number of PCJP clients to be released.

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LA Times: Freed after 32 years for murder; USC team calls woman ‘extraordinary’
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 24, 2014: Mary Virginia Jones, right, appears in Los Angeles Superior Court to plead no contest to voluntary manslaughter with Laura Donaldson, middle, a USC certified law student and attorney Heidi L. Rummel, left, a director in USC's Post- Conviction Justice Project on March 24, 2014. Jones is represented by the law students at the USC Post- Conviction Justice Project and the 74-year-old woman is expected to be released from prison after serving 32 years for a murder allegedly committed by her abuser in 1981. The District Attorney's Office conducted an independent investigation and agreed to set aside her convictions in exchange for the no contest plea. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

LA Times: Freed after 32 years for murder; USC team calls woman ‘extraordinary’

Read the Los Angeles Times article about USC PCJP's efforts to free 74-year-old Mary Virginia Jones, convicted for her role in a 1981 murder, after 32 years behind bars. Read the article

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Sign the Petition to Parole 65-year-old Glenda Jo Virgil

Glenda Jo Virgil, 65, has served 25 years for killing her physically, mentally, and emotionally abusive partner who, after beating Ms. Virgil for several hours, threatened to kill her to prevent her from leaving him. Ms. Virgil is wheelchair-bound and in poor health. In September, doctors diagnosed Ms. Virgil with…

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