Tuesday, March 20, 2018


We will not have a BLOG this month 
because our LAW OFFICE will be taking a SHORT VACATION, to RECHARGE our battery.

We will be Fresh and READY for our Up and Coming Parole Hearings.


                       A BIG THANK YOU
 for a warm welcome we received at VALLEY STATE PRISON (VSP) as the Attorney Guest Speaker for the 1st Annual Day of Hope (Youth Offender) last Saturday - 3/17/2018



Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Attorney Letarte invited to the MAGIC program @ VSP on Saturday 3/17/18 @ 9:00- 2:30pm

Attorney Letarte has been invited to the Valley State Prison (VSP) 1st Annual Special Event entitled a "a Day of Hope: Teenagers are Salvageable". The event will entail many events including Guest Speaker(s) and poignant Transformed Inmate Testimonials.  MAGIC stands for Maturity, Accountability, Growth, Inspiration. The MAGIC Rehabilitative Program is part of the self-help inmate group at VSP.

If you have a Loved one Incarcerated atValley State Prison - please make sure to inform them of this Event - there will be several attorneys at the event including Attorney Diane Letarte. More important will be the Transformed Inmate Testimonials, this will be words of wisdom for any inmates that want a pathway to the free community by having self-introspection. The process of introspection relies exclusively on observation of one's mental state, while in a spiritual context it may refer to the examination of one's soul! Self reflection helps to build emotional self-awareness. By taking the time to ask yourself the important questions, you gain a better understanding of your emotions, strengths, weaknesses and driving factors.

The event purpose is to highlight rehabilitation by recognizing the salvageable nature of juveniles tried as adults. The event hopes to encourage and inspire inmates to hold themselves to higher standards of accountability, acknowledge the harm done to victims and survivors, recognize the importance of education in rehabilitation, and proclaim the redeeming worth and value of children who have committed crimes. 

Valley State Prison (VSP)will be hosting the MAGIC 1st Annual Special Event entitled a ‘Day of Hope: Teenagers are Salvageable’ on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm


MAGIC was started by a youth offender for youth offenders as a 16 - 20 week program split into two parts. The first part covers internal topics such as Domestic Violence; Victim Impact; Amends & Culpability; Trauma & Healing; Listening Reflectively; Emotional Management & Remorse and Insight. The second part of the program covers Board of Parole Hearings Preparation such as Parole Plans Overview; Relapse Prevention Plan; Remorse & Insight; Attorney Visits; Psych evaluation. Preparation and concludes with a Mock Board Hearing. As such MAGIC meets weekly. The founder of MAGIC was a Youth Offender who was 16 years old when he was tried as an adult and sentenced to 176 years to life in prion. He had two choices at that age with that sentence, to become institutionalized or to change his life becoming accountable for his crime and educate himself. He chose to follow in the footsteps of two significant mentors one of whom founded Criminal and Gang members Anonymous (CGA), a 12 step program that addresses criminal lifestyle along the lines of Alcoholics Anonymous; and  Self-Awareness and Recovery, a program dedicated to internal change utilizing a model of transformation

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

December 2017: Gov. BROWN COMMUTED 19 inmates, INCLUDING 9 LWOP

A big Thank you to Life Support Alliance (LSA) P.O. Box 277, Rancho Cordova, CA 95741 for this enlightening article; and who continuously provides up to date information that impact Lifers across California currently under the Executive Branch of Gov. Brown’s office.

The excerpt below is provided as a courtesy from LSA and they can be reached at  lifesupportalliance@gmail.com


A few days before Christmas 2017, Governor Jerry Brown, taking a page from Santa Claus’ book, delivered some pretty big Christmas presents to many former and current prisoners, handing out a whopping 132 pardons to former inmates, and reducing the sentence of 19 current prisoners.

In a truly life-changing move, nine (9) of the commutations offered LWOP inmates the hope of parole, by changing their sentences to life with the possibility of parole.

These eve of Christmas Eve announcements nearly doubled Brown’s total commutation number for the year, to total of 35 commutations in 2017, 15 of those LWOP inmates.

Attorney Richard Pfeiffer: A big Congrats to our colleague!

Law Office of Rich Pfeiffer       Website:    http://highenergylaw.com/
14931 Anderson Way
Po Box 721
Silverado, CA, 92676

Interestingly, one of the pardons issued by Brown was to Richard Pfeiffer, released in 1994 after serving a bit less than 2 years for robbery and burglary. Why, in the 132 pardons issued, is this notable?

Because Pfeiffer went on to become not only an attorney, but an attorney who represents lifers at parole hearings and does incredible Oral arguments in the Court of Appeals. Since Pfeiffer’s release  Governor Brown noted he has:
“lived an honest and upright life, exhibited good moral character and conducted himself as a law-abiding citizen.”

The Governor also noted Pfeiffer has also provided pro bono assistance to several criminal justice organizations.

For those still inside, the news was equally positive. Several of the 9 LWOP inmates touched by the Governor also fell under the umbrella of YOPH and 7 were women prisoners.

The commutations also included one third-striker (3X). Most LWOP sentences were commuted to sentences of 25 to life with the possibility of parole, meaning many will appear before the board within the next handful of years.

In noting his reasons for commuting the sentences of both LWOP and other inmates, the Governor noted all had been exemplary prisoners, most never receiving any RVRs, being heavily involved in, and in some cases actually creating, self-help programs. Many were able to submit letters from prisons staff, including wardens, in their commutation petitions.

 In detailing his reasons for providing potential relief for many of the female inmates, Brown noted they had been victims of intimate partner battery, situations that likely contributed to their actions in committing their crimes. Intimate Partner Battery (aka BWS) has long been recognized as a mitigating factor in criminal actions, though most of the women affected by the Governor’s pardons were sentenced prior to this [battered women syndrome] (BWS)  being recognized by the legal community.