|Franky Carrillo, DPF Justice Advocate, speaking about his experience.|
The Justice Advocates Project empowers people with firsthand experience of the death penalty system, including the wrongfully convicted and law enforcement professionals, to become advocates for fairness and justice. For more information please contact Elizabeth Zitrin at email@example.com, or call 415-243-0143.
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At 16, Franky was wrongfully convicted of a 1991 murder based solely on identification testimony from six people. Franky spent 20 years in prison before being released and exonerated in 2011.
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In October of 2011, Obie was released from a California sentence of life without the possibility of parole, after 17 years of wrongful imprisonment.
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In 1980, Aaron was seven years into a life sentence for a double homicide he did not commit, when he saw his last hope for freedom during a parole board hearing. That hope came from an unlikely source: the prosecutor who had sent him to prison in the first place.
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Reginald (Reggie) Reese
Reggie worked for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) for 28 years, serving both in the Youth Authority and Adult Corrections. During his tenure, supervising those units, two inmates were executed at San Quentin.
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Michael Mitchell has had a long career in
law enforcement. He served in the Air Force, worked as a Police Officer
on patrol and on special assignments, and had a 28 year career in
corrections. During his time in corrections, Michael participated in
four executions.Read more about Michael...
Steve Fajardo has thirty years of experience in law enforcement, beginning in East Harlem with the New York City Police Department and then moving to Oakland, California. His long professional experience has made clear to him that throwing away hundreds of millions of dollars on a death penalty system that doesn’t make us any safer is a waste of resources.
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Earl Smith was hired in 1983 to become the Protestant Chaplain at San Quentin Prison. In 1992, Earl became the Lead Chaplain for Robert Alton Harris, the first man executed in California since 1976. During his time as Chaplain, Earl experienced the plight of the condemned, the need for ministry to family members of victims and the need for spiritual counseling for staff members assigned the task of carrying out the execution.
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