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WIIW knows that it takes a team. The organizations listed below provide a variety of resources including BPH prep/info for people incarcerated in California & their families, employment readiness & job training for underserved populations, and support services for children of incarcerated parents.

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Life Support Alliance (LSA) is a non-profit social advocacy organization, focused on life-term inmates in California prisons and their families. Life Support Alliance’s primary mission is to help life-term inmates and their families understand a life sentence, what life changes must be made to be suitable for parole, and to help them find the resources to do so.

LSA offers many services including in-person workshops for inmates and seminars for families, along with public outreach and publishing informative newsletters. Their website Resources page is full of educational information for BPH and more. Check out their website to learn more!

Project Avary is a national non-profit organization providing direct service and support to children of incarcerated parents (CIP).


Project Avary provides social-emotional support, leadership development, and job training. Youth enter their program as young as age 8 and move up through the ranks to become teen leaders and junior counselors where they break free from generational cycles of incarceration and become the leaders and healers of the next generation of youth. Check out their website to learn more!

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Women In Non Traditional Employment Roles

WINTER is a non-profit work development program whose mission is to "Train, educate, and prepare women for transformative careers in the construction industry.”

WINTER offers a free apprenticeship readiness program for women which builds foundational skills for a career in construction. They provide case management, transitional services, job placement assistance, and retention. Check out their website to learn more!

If you are interested in listing your organization on our Resource page, please contact us at or leave a message here.


Who Can Apply for a Commutation of Sentence?

In California, people who have been convicted of a crime and are currently serving their sentence may apply for a commutation (reduction of sentence) through the Governor.

What is taken into consideration when reviewing my application?

The Governor's Office considers the following when reviewing a commutation application:

  • the impact of the commutation on the community

  • age & circumstances of the offense and the sentence imposed, along with the applicant's current age

  • self-development and conduct while incarcerated

  • the applicant's need for a commutation

  • release plans

How do I apply for a commutation of sentence?

New Application

  • Submit a completed Commutation Application to the Governor's Office. You may submit additional information/documents in support of your application, however, DO NOT send originals as they will not be returned.

  • Submit a completed Notice of Intent to Apply for Clemency to the District Attorney in the county of the conviction of your commitment offense.

  • Submit an authorization for release of medical information if you are applying for a commutation because you are suffering from a terminal illness or have a severe and chronic disability that would be substantially mitigated by release from prison or reduction of sentence. (Release of medical information - Sp)



If you submitted an application for commutation of sentence under a previous administration (prior to January 7, 2019), you may reapply by submitting a completed Reapplication for Clemency form.



For additional information on commutations, go to


WIIW provides peer-supportive educational, wellness, and resource materials to women impacted by incarceration in California.

These materials are available for download below.

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