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Over 100 California Law Profs Sign Letter Agreeing SB 1391 is Constitutional

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Over 100 legal scholars from 18 law schools across California signed a letter supporting the constitutionality of Senate Bill 1391 – a new California law that prevents children below the age of 16 from being prosecuted or sentenced within the adult criminal system. Read the letter here!

CARESCall February 19, 2019: The head of California’s parole board speaks to families & friends of youth sentenced to prison. Join us to get important updates!

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Join our next CARESCall tonight, February 19th, when we welcome Jennifer Shaffer, executive officer of the Board of Parole Hearings. She will give us an update on everything to do with the Board’s work, the parole process, and related policies. This is a great chance to hear from – and ask questions of – the top leader of California’s parole agency.

Ms. Shaffer will start with an overview of the parole process, and then describe important recent changes in law and how those changes may affect your loved ones. If you know someone who is preparing for any type of parole hearing, falls under “three-strikes” laws, has petitioned for resentencing under SB 1437, or was granted a commutation hearing, you don’t want to miss this CARESCall! If you couldn’t make this call, you can listen to it by clicking on this link.

As always, we will leave plenty of time after her presentation for questions.

This Tuesday,
February 19, 2019, 8:00 pm
Jennifer Shaffer, Executive Officer,
Board of Parole Hearings
All are welcome!

Call: (515) 604-9384
Code: 313882#

We’re hoping you can join us for what is sure to be an important discussion!

More about our CARESCall panelist, Jennifer Shaffer

Ms. Shaffer was appointed executive officer of BPH by Governor Brown in 2011. Since then she has overseen daily operations and the implementation of many important programs and changes related to the parole process in California, including Youth Offender Parole, SB 394, and Proposition 57.

Learn more about her background here. Read this article to get a sense of Ms. Shaffer’s perspective:  More California inmates are getting a second chance as parole board enters new era of discretion

CARESCall February 5, 2019: Learn about Root & Rebound reentry services, and their work for prison-impacted women in the Central Valley!

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

Did you miss our CARESCall on February 5? We welcomed Root & Rebound’s KC Taylor, associate director, Southern & Central California programs and litigation, and Felicia Espinosa, Fresno site director and staff attorney, to the CARESCall for an informative discussion of the wide range of services offered by Root & Rebound and an introduction to a holistic approach to legal services and reentry for women. Root & Rebound is an organization dedicated to the success of people coming home from prison. It seeks to educate, empower, and support people who are in reentry or preparing for release, and it also helps those who support people coming home.

Felicia Espinosa.

On this CARESCall, you learn about Root & Rebound’s holistic approach to wraparound services. This is available to prison-impacted women in the Fresno area.

K.C. Taylor.

Root & Rebound’s Fresno office serves women in reentry to help them navigate the systems and structures that create unnecessary barriers to opportunity. A reentry attorney, a case manager, and an employment coach work to empower women and their families by creating pathways to employment and financial stability.

The services & support include:

  • Counseling and Social Service Support
  • Employment Support and Leadership Coaching
  • Legal Advocacy

This Root & Rebound initiative addresses the need for reentry and criminal justice investments targeted to meet the specific needs of women.

Listen to the recording by clicking on this link.

This Tuesday,
February 5, 2019, 8:00 pm
Felicia Espinosa and K.C. Taylor of
Root and Rebound
All are welcome!
Call: (515) 604-9384    
Code: 313882#

We’re hoping you can join us for what is sure to be a powerful discussion!


More about our CARESCall panelists:

Felicia Espinosa

Fresno Site Director and Staff Attorney

Ms. Espinosa is the Fresno Reentry Women & Employment Initiative Site Director and Staff Attorney. She received her J.D. from University of San Francisco School of Law in 2009. Prior to joining Root  Rebound, Ms. Espinosa worked as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Fresno. In addition to her legal work, Ms. Espinosa has taught courses in the Women’s Studies Department at Fresno State.

While attending law school, Ms. Espinosa worked with death row inmates at the State Public Defender’s Office, and in Houston at the Texas Defender Service through the Keta Taylor Colby Death Row Project. She also represented individuals charged with misdemeanors at USF’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Clinic and the Public Defender’s Offices in Alameda and Fresno County. Outside of work, Ms. Espinosa also serves her community by sitting on the Board of Directors for Fresno Barrios Unidos (FBU) and does pro bono work with Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), handling asylum cases for unaccompanied children.

K.C. Taylor

Associate Director, Southern & Central California Programs and Litigation

Ms. Taylor is an attorney and the Associate Director of Southern & Central California Programs and Litigation at Root & Rebound. She received her J.D. in 2011 from University of San Francisco School of Law (USF). While at USF, Ms. Taylor worked with death row inmates at the Mississippi Office of Capital Post-Conviction Counsel, represented individuals facing criminal prosecution with USF’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Clinic, and advocated for the abolishment of California’s death penalty with the ACLU of Northern California as a death penalty policy intern.

Following law school, Ms. Taylor worked as a fellow with the Mississippi Innocence Project and focused on exposing forensic fraud in Mississippi’s criminal justice system. She also worked as a staff attorney on the Criminal Central Staff at the California Supreme Court. Prior to joining Root & Rebound, Ms. Taylor was a state-appointed criminal defense attorney, representing individuals in their criminal appeals. She is looking forward to arguing one of her cases before the California Supreme Court within the next year.