“These are citizens of the state of California who were denied due process, who were not given fair trials, who have compelling cases of innocence, who are just like you and me, except they had the unfortunate circumstance of going to prison for something they didn’t commit.” – California Innocence Project Director Justin Brooks

In 2013, the California Innocence Project reviewed all of their cases and identified 12 that varied in convictions, sentencing, and series of events, but shared one common thread — overwhelming evidence of factual innocence and a legal dead-end to fight for their freedom. These are the “California 12.”

That same year, in 2013, three CIP attorneys embarked on a 712-mile walk from San Diego to Sacramento to raise awareness about the California 12 and wrongful convictions. At the end, they delivered clemency petitions to Governor Jerry Brown asking for the California 12’s freedom. Since then, Governor Brown has not acted on any of the calls for clemency.

Six of the California 12 have been released or exonerated as a result of CIP’s undying dedication to have them freed. Those who were released on parole are still fighting to clear their names, and struggle to reintegrate back into society with erroneous convictions still on their records. Six remain in prison. Almost all of them have hit the end of the road legally to fight their case.

Governor Brown is likely their only hope to stop the injustice they have suffered as he has the power to grant them clemency. He leaves office at the end of 2018.

These are the California 12 who need Governor Brown’s attention and mercy:

Ed Contreras
Years Served: 21
Convicted of: First-Degree Felony Murder
Sentence: Life without Parole
Status: Remains wrongfully incarcerated

Alan Gimenez
Years Served: 24
Convicted of: Second-Degree Murder
Sentence: 15 Years to Life
Status: Released on parole and still fighting to reverse his conviction

Suzanne Johnson
Years Served: 19
Convicted of: Assault on a Child Causing Death
Sentence: 25 Years to Life
Status: Remains in wrongfully incarcerated

Michael Hanline
Years Served: 36
Convicted of: First-Degree Murder
Sentence: Life Without Parole
Status: Exonerated in 2014

Kimberly Long
Years Served: 7
Convicted of: Second-Degree Murder
Sentence: 15 Years to Life
Status: 2016 exoneration was reversed on appeal and faces returning to prison

Rodney Patrick McNeal
Years Served: 18
Convicted of: Second-Degree Murder (2 Counts)
Sentence: 30 Years to Life
Status: Remains wrongfully incarcerated

Guy Miles
Years Served: 18
Convicted of: Robbery
Sentence: 75 Years to Life
Status: Released on parole and still fighting to reverse his conviction

Quintin Morris
Years Served: 24
Convicted of: Attempted First-Degree Murder (3 Counts)
Sentence: 3 Life Sentences + 12 Years
Status: Granted parole with release date TBD; still fighting to reverse his conviction

Kiera Newsome
Years Served: 15
Convicted of: First-Degree Murder
Sentence: 60 Years to Life
Status: Remains wrongfully incarcerated

 JoAnn Parks
Years Served: 25
Convicted of: First-Degree Murder (3 Counts)
Sentence: Life Without Parole
Status: Remains wrongfully incarcerated

Dolores Macias
Years Served: 24
Convicted of: Second Degree Murder
Sentence: 19 Years to Life
Status: Remains wrongfully incarcerated

William Richards
Years Served: 23
Convicted of: First-Degree Murder
Sentence: 25 Years to Life
Status: Exonerated in 2016

Please write, call, and email Governor Brown before it’s too late and ask him to Free the California 12.

Write:
Governor Edmund G. Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

Call:
(916) 445-2841

Email:
https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov39mail/


Please also consider making a tax-deductible donation to the California Innocence Project today.