“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 freedom and beyond as “a case study in how America’s understanding of domestic violence and treatment of prisoners has shifted and how a mother’s love for her son came to motivate life inside prison and out.”

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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 legal system and demanding a more racially equitable society.

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Read more about the article Taking the Lead
PCJP student meets with incarcerated person about rights under new juvenile justice laws

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 justice bill in California.

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Read more about the article Compassion and Transformation
Celia Perez talking with Father Gregory Boyle

Compassion and Transformation

Former PCJP client and transgender rights advocate Celia Perez and Homeboy Industries founder Father Gregory Boyle shared stories of boundless compassion and healing before a captivated audience at Newman Hall on March 1, 2022. “Celia taught me that it was actually the power of kinship – loving herself and the…

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Pardon Granted!

We are so excited to share that on January 13, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom issued “a full and unconditional pardon” to former PCJP client Romarilyn Ralston! The Governor recognized that Romarilyn has “transformed her life” and “dedicated herself to supporting and advocating for her community.” PCJP represented Romarilyn in several…

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From Hopeless to Free

Post-Conviction Justice Project changes lives of two clients By Lauren Rogers and Heidi Rummel Students in the Post-Conviction Justice Project, headed by Professors Michael Brennan and Heidi Rummel, recently won life-changing victories for two clients.  William and Jerome were both teenagers tried as adults and sentenced to die in prison (juvenile life without…

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Inspiring passion for justice

Forty years after its founding, PCJP is one of the most enduring and influential clinical programs in the nation.

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Read more about the article Three clients freed from California prisons
PCJP client Allen, after his release from prison. (Photo / F. Scott Schafer)

Three clients freed from California prisons

As Black Lives Matter draws national attention to the pervasive systemic racism of the U.S. criminal system, USC’s Post-Conviction Justice Project continues to work on the front lines, in June freeing three life-sentenced clients from state prisons.


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