LWOP is a death sentence: Give Stanley Bernard Davis a chance for parole!

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In the past few years, events bringing formerly incarcerated people and their loved ones to Sacramento to rally and lobby their governor and legislators have become common and very influential. Here, women with the California Coalition of Women Prisoners (CCWP) pose outside the office of Gov. Jerry Brown on Aug. 6, 2018, where they delivered a letter signed by 100 organizations calling on him to commute all 5,000 LWOP sentences in California. – Photo: Pam Fadem by Drop LWOP Coalition On Sept. 1, 2021, Stanley Bernard Davis, a Black man who was sentenced to the death penalty in 1989, was resentenced to Life Without Parole (LWOP). Prosecutors in the L.A. District Attorney’s Office accepted a habeas corpus petition from Mr. Davis which demonstrated that he had an intellectual disability and therefore was legally ineligible for the death penalty. An LWOP sentence is just another form of the death penalty, condemning Mr. Davis to death by incarceration. The same criteria that disqualify Mr. Davis for the death penalty should be applicable to his LWOP sentence. After serving over three decades in prison and finally demonstrating that his sentence was faulty, Mr. Davis should be given a chance to appear before the...