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CARESCall, July 2, 2019: He was the first person to be released under the repealed Felony Murder Law. Hear from Adnan Khan about SB 1437 & ask your questions!

Monday, July 1st, 2019

Did you miss this call? Click on this link to listen to Adnan Khan, co-founder and co-executive director of Re:store Justice. Mr. Khan was the first person to be released under Senate Bill 1437, the 2019 law repealing the archaic Felony Murder Rule. People convicted under the Felony Murder Rule are now able to submit petitions for sentencing relief if they meet certain criteria. It is estimated that up to 800 people could be eligible for relief under the new law.

On Tuesday, Mr. Khan will share his story of incarceration and his path to freedom. He is a staunch advocate of criminal justice and prison reform, and will describe what Re:store Justice, the organization which led the fight on SB 1437, is doing to implement and defend the law across California. Mr. Khan will also share information on the available SB 1437 resources to our CARESCall listeners. As always, we will leave time for questions. If you have a loved one who is currently fighting for sentencing relief under this groundbreaking and historic law, you do not want to miss this call!

Adnan Khan.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Adnan Khan,
Co-Executive Director of Re:store Justice
All are welcome!

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

About Adnan Khan:
Mr. Khan is the co-executive director of Re:store Justice, an organization he co-founded while incarcerated. The organization focuses on restorative justice and advocacy around criminal justice and prison reform, survivor support, and the community. Mr. Khan is also the creator of FIRSTWATCH, a media filmmaking project produced entirely by incarcerated men at San Quentin State Prison. Mr. Khan works in collaboration with survivors of crime, currently and formerly incarcerated people, law enforcement, and other stakeholders to increase the use of restorative practices. While Mr. Khan was incarcerated, he worked on Senate Bill 1437. Today, he is continuing his advocacy work at Re:store Justice and fighting for a just system that creates opportunities for healing for all.

Items of Interest

Court upholds Calif. law barring 14-, 15-year-olds from being tried as adults

San Francisco Chronicle
On June 26, the California Supreme Court rejected a petition to hear arguments related to a 2019 state law which bars 14- and 15-year-olds from being prosecuted in adult court. The boy’s attorney said the ruling means the state now must “rehabilitate rather than punish children under the age of 16 in all cases.” This is a blow to prosecutors, as they sought to overturn the law. Prior to the law being passed, children under the age of 16 could be tried as adults and faced sentences up to life in prison. 

Tiffany Cabán.

Tiffany Cabán Wants to Reimagine Criminal Justice in Queens
New York Magazine
The 31-year-old public defender won the Democratic nomination for Queens District Attorney in New York. She is looking to fix the criminal justice system by using a holistic approach and focus on the root causes of issues the most vulnerable face in her community. She is pledging to not to prosecute low-level crimes, increase public health services, build up diversion programs, and alternatives to incarceration. In order to reduce mass incarceration, it is necessary to recognize the fact that more people are in state prisons for violent offenses than they are for nonviolent drug offenses. There need to be alternatives to incarceration for people who commit violent crimes. Cabán says the following, “We will not exclude any crime for consideration for restorative justice and/or alternatives to incarceration… For cases where those are not a good fit and we seek prison time, we will seek shorter prison sentences, seek restorative processes when survivors request them.”