“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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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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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 complicated truths of her journey…

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Media Mentions

Sirhan Sirhan’s possible parole creates divide in Kennedy family and beyond, L.A. Times, 9/13/21

Investigating OC Law Enforcement: Orange County’s DA and Sheriff Are Under Rare Scrutiny, Voice of OC, 6/12/17

‘People Evolve’: Why DA Gascón Reversed Decades of Parole Policy To Support Release In Most Cases, LAIST, 5/6/21

Trojan Tales: USC’s Post-Conviction Justice Project provides the right to a second chance, USC Annenberg Media, 7/1/20

USC Law Professor Fights to Give Lifers a Second Chance, San Quentin News, 3/12/20

The transformation of the California prison system, KCRW, 10/21/19

For inmates serving life terms, USC’s Post-Conviction Justice Project sparks hope where none existed, USC News, 2/26/19

‘You Guys Are Coming Home’

Sentenced to life in prison without parole as teenagers, these inmates never thought they’d be free—now they’re preparing for a life outside, The Nation, 1/9/19

USC’s Post-Conviction Justice Project is giving juvenile offenders a second chance, Daily Trojan, 4/12/18

USC law school’s Post-Conviction Justice Project fights the good fight — and frees clientsThe high-stakes work of the 30-year-old program helps people serving life sentences, USC News, 4/7/17

GRIEVING RELATIVES OF THE PREGNANT WOMAN STABBED TO DEATH NEAR THE VENICE SIGN OPPOSE SENDING THE ACCUSED TO JUVENILE COURT, The Argonaut, 6/7/17

PROSECUTORS SHOULD SEARCH FOR JUSTICE INSTEAD OF RUSHING TO JUDGMENT, Los Angeles Daily Journal, 12/17/15 (re-posted by ACLU of SoCal)

Crime, Punishment, Good Intentions and Skid Row; As Prison Reform Measure Prop 47 Is Implemented, Some Worry About a Surge in Downtown Crime and Homelessness, Downtown LA News, 10/9/15

Serving Life for Surviving Abuse, The Atlantic, 1/26/15

Free After 32 Years, KCRW, 3/27/14

Grandma Convicted of Murder Released After 32 Years (video), NBC Los Angeles, 3/25/14

74-year-old woman freed after serving 32 years for murder she did not commit, Yahoo News, 3/25/14

74 -Year-Old Woman Released After 32 Years in Prison, KTLA, 3/25/14

Woman Freed After Serving 32 Years in 1981 Killing, LA Times, 3/24/14

CA debates future of juveniles in prison with no parole, KPCC, 8/15/12

CA debates future of juveniles in prison with no parole, KPCC, 8/15/12

Schwarzenegger’s Final Day Pardons, KCRW, 1/4/11

Paroled Mom Already in Mexico, Ocean County Register, 3/19/10

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https://www.hrw.org/news/2015/03/25/california-first-release-under-new-child-offender-laws

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