Survived and Punished members participated at the 2019 #DROPLWOP Strategy Session, organized by California Coalition of Women Prisoners, Families United to End LWOP, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, and Felony Murder Elimination Project. In the two-day convening of organizers from across California, as well as New York, Pennsylvania, and D.C., we discussed both national and statewide campaigns to end life imprisonment, hearing from panels of movement experts, including S&P members Colby Lenz, Kelly Savage, and Romarilyn Ralston.

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The following is an excerpt from the Drop LWOP Fact Sheet:

90% of people in California women’s prisons serving LWOP were sentenced as “aiders and abettors” and/or under the Felony Murder Rule. This means they were NOT the main actor/perpetrator of the crime and may have been forced to be present when their abuser committed a murder.

The majority of people serving LWOP in California women’s prisons are:

  • Survivors of abuse (intimate partner violence, child abuse, sexual violence, and trafficking).
  • People with no prior convictions.

People of color are disproportionately sentenced to LWOP.

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