Endorsements

Coalition

Prop 62 has a broad coalition of leaders throughout our state and country supporting Yes on 62.

A Strong Coalition Supports Yes on 62

Our campaign is fueled by a growing coalition of supporters who are fighting for Justice That Works.

Former Death Penalty Supporters & Law Enforcement

Don Heller
Author of California’s Death Penalty Law in 1978
Former US Attorney for California Eastern District

Jeanne Woodford
Former Death Row Warden at San Quentin State Prison

Cruz Reynoso
Former California Supreme Court Justice

George Gascon
District Attorney of San Francisco

Norman Fletcher
Former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice

Christine Pelosi
Former Deputy District Attorney of San Francisco

Jan Karowsky
Former Deputy DA of Sacramento County

Kathy Marousek
Former Deputy District Attorney of Fresno County

Bruce Enos
Former Deputy District Attorney of Sonoma County

Valerie Plame
Former Covert CIA Operations Officer

Steve Boreman
Former Deputy Attorney General of California
Former FBI Agent

Diane Goldstein
Retired Redondo Beach Police Captain

Frank Ochoa
Former Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge

Lawrence J. Simi
Former Chair of the California Commission on Judicial Performance

Lynda Leigh
Formerly with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Soledad Correctional Training Facility

Carl Coleman
Undercover Citizen Operative, Special Crimes, Sarasota Police Department, Florida

Barbara Parker
Oakland City Attorney

Jerry Hurtubise
Former City Attorney of San Francisco

Ron Briggs
Led the campaign to bring back California’s death penalty law in 1978
Former El Dorado County Supervisor

John Van de Kamp
Former Attorney General of California

Mark White
Former Texas Governor

Frank Thompson
Former Warden of Oregon’s Death Row Prison

Gil Garcetti
Former District Attorney of Los Angeles

Ira Reiner
Former District Attorney of Los Angeles

Darryl Stallworth
Former Deputy District Attorney of Alameda County

Karyn Sinunu-Towery
Former Assistant District Attorney of Santa Clara County

Morgan Taylor
Former Deputy District Attorney of Monterey County
Former Assistant District Attorney of Santa Cruz County

Anthony Troy
Former Attorney General of Virginia

The Hon. James F. Stiven
United States District Court, Southern California (ret.)

Tom Parker
Former FBI Agent

Patrick Boyd
Former Associate Warden
Retired Chief Probation Officer

Steve Hodel
Former Los Angeles Police Department Homicide Detective III
New York Times Bestselling True-Crime Author

Margot Krystian, PhD
Former California State Parole Agent and Assistant Unit Supervisor

Dewey Willis
Former California Youth Authority Institutional Superintendent

  • Robert Beverly
  • John Dodson
  • Rolf Gerstner
  • Shari Kelts

Civil Rights, Faith and Religious Leaders

Dolores Huerta
Labor and Civil Rights Activist
Co-founder of United Farm Workers

Alice Huffman
President, CA NAACP

Wade Henderson
President and CEO, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Maria Elena Durazo
Vice President for Immigration, Diversity, and Civil Rights, UNITE HERE

Father Greg Boyle
Homeboy Industries

Reverend Peter Laarman
Justice Not Jails

Salam Al-Marayati
Muslim Public Affairs Council

Daraka Larimore-Hall
Secretary, California Democratic Party

Rabbi Steven Jacobs
Founder, Progressive Faith Foundation

Stephen Bright
Southern Center for Human Rights

George Raya
Chair of the Board, Latino Center of Art and Culture

Rev. Michael Weiler
Provincial, California Society of the Province of Jesus

Sister Helen Prejean
Ministry Against The Death Penalty

Bryan Stevenson
Equal Justice Initiative

Rabbi Jonathan Klein
Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE)

Van Jones
Founder of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Color of Change
Co-founder of #cut50

Shakeel Syed
Islamic Shura Council of Southern California

Imam Taha Hassane
Islamic Center of San Diego

Carlos Alcala
Chair of the Chicano Latino Caucus, California Democratic Party

Rabbi Jonathan Singer
Temple Emanu-El (San Francisco)
Chair, Clergy Against State Executions

Magdaleno Rose-Avila
Witness to Innocence

Eva Paterson
Equal Justice Society

Elected Officials

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter
Former President and First Lady of the United States

Nancy Pelosi
House Minority Leader
US Representative for California’s 12 District

Gavin Newsom
Lieutenant Governor of California

Bernie Sanders
Former Democratic Party Presidential Candidate
Senator of Vermont

Martin O’Malley
Former Democratic Party Presidential Candidate
Senator of Vermont

Gary Johnson
Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of New Mexico

Anthony Rendon
Speaker of the California State Assembly
Representing California’s 63 Assembly District

John Burton
Chairman of the California Democratic Party
Former President Pro Tem of California State Senate

Ed Lee
Mayor of San Francisco

Antonio Villaraigosa
Former Mayor of Los Angeles

Darrell Steinberg
Mayor Elect of Sacramento
Former President Pro Tem of California State Senate

Libby Schaaf
Mayor of Oakland

Helene Schneider
Mayor of Santa Barbara

Robb Davis
Mayor of Davis

Patrick Fuery
Mayor of Torrance

Betty Yee
California State Controller

Dave Jones
California Insurance Commissioner

Don Perata
Former President Pro Tem of California State Senate

Hilda Solis
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
Former United States Secretary of Labor
Former U.S. Representative for California’s 32nd District

U.S. Representatives

  • Jared Huffman, California’s 2nd District
  • Nancy Pelosi, California’s 12th District
  • Barbara Lee, California’s 13th District
  • Zoe Lofgren, California’s 19th District
  • Ted Lieu, California’s 33rd District
  • Karen Bass, California’s 37th District
  • Maxine Waters, California’s 43rd District
  • Loretta Sanchez, California’s 46th District

City and County Governments

  • Los Angeles City Council
  • San Francisco County Board of Supervisors
  • Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
  • Marin County Board of Supervisors
  • Oakland City Council

California State Legislators:

  • Tom Ammiano, Former California State Assembly 17th and 13th Districts
  • Bill Monning, California State Senate Majority Leader
  • Mark Leno, California State Senate 11th District
  • Toni Atkins, Assembly Speaker Emeritus, California State Assembly 78th District
  • Cristina Garcia, California State Assembly 58th District, Co-Chair California Legislative Women’s Caucus
  • Loni Hancock, California State Senate 9th District
  • Steve Glazer, California State Senate 7th District
  • Dion Aroner, fmr. California State Assembly 14th District
  • Phil Ting, California State Assembly 19th District
  • Rob Bonta, California State Assembly 18th District
  • Kevin McCarty, California State Assembly 7th District

Willie Brown
Former Mayor of San Francisco
Former California State Assembly Speaker

Blanca Alvarado
Former San Jose City Councilmember
Former Santa Clara County Supervisor

Sheila Kuehl
Los Angeles County Supervisor

 

Phil Serna
Sacramento County Supervisor

Linda Seifert
Solano County Supervisor

Annie Campbell Washington
Vice Mayor of Oakland

Ursala Reed
Vice Mayor of San Leandro

Tim Goodrich
Torrance City Council

Eric Guerra
Sacramento City Council

Nick Greif
President, Palms Neighborhood Council

Jesse Arreguin
Berkeley City Council

Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft
Alameda City Council

Tom McInerney
San Anslemo Town Council

Todd Flora
Commissioner, Santa Monica Rent Control Board

 

Economic, Policy and Legal Experts

Institution or organization listed for identification purposes only

Hadar Aviram
Vice President, Western Society of Criminology
Harry and Lilian Hastings Research Chair, UC Hastings College of Law

Joseph Doherty
Former Director, Empirical Research Group
Professor Emeritus, UCLA School of Law

John Donohue
Former President, American Law and Economics Association
Economics and Law Professor, Stanford Law School

Stephen Gutwillig
Deputy Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance

Alex Kreit
Co-Director, Center for Criminal Law and Policy, Thomas Jefferson Law school

Juan Méndez
UN Special Rapporteur on Torture
Professor of Human Rights Law in Residence, Washington College of Law

Jeffrey Miron
Senior Lecturer on Economics and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Harvard University

Law School Deans

  • Ty Alper, Associate Dean, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, UC Irvine School of Law
  • Stephen Ferruolo, Dean, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Thomas Guernsey, President and Dean, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Scott Howe, Interim Dean, Frank L. Williams Professor of Criminal Law, Chapman University School of Law
  • Mark Kelman, Vice Dean and James C. Gaither Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
  • Jennifer Mnookin, Dean, UCLA Law School, Founding Co-Directorof the Program for Understanding Law, Science, and Evidence (PULSE)
  • Francis Mootz, Dean, McGoerge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • Melissa Murray, Interim Dean and Alexander F. and Mary T. Morrison Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Niels Schaumann, President and Dean, California Western Law School
  • John Trasvina, Dean, University of San Francisco School of Law
  • Rachel Van Cleave, Dean, Golden Gate University School of Law
  • Michael Waterstone, Dean Loyola Law School

Law Professors

  • Naomi Roht-Arriaza, Distinguished Professor of Law and Thomas Miller Chair, U.C. Hastings College of Law
  • Sameer Ashar, Clinical Professor of Law, UC Irvine School of Law
  • Barbara Babcock, Crown Professor of Law, Emerita, Stanford Law School
  • David Bruck, Clinical Professor of Law, Director, Virginia Capital Case Clearing House, Washington and Lee University
  • Robert Calhoun, Retired Professor of Law, Golden Gate University
  • Linda Carter, Distinguished Professor of Law, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • Colleen Chien, Associate Professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Angela J. Davis, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
  • David Dow, Cullen Professor, University of Houston Law Center
  • Amy Flynn, Assistant Professor of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law
  • Susan Freiwald, Professor of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law
  • Ellen Kreitzberg, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Social Justice and Public Service, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Richard Leo, Hamill Family Professor of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law
  • Gerald Lopez, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
  • Miguel Mendez, Adelbert H. Sweet Professor of Law, Emeritus, Stanford Law School
  • Suzanne Mounts, Professor Emerita, University of San Francisco School of Law
  • Karen Musalo, Professor & Director, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, U.C. Hastings College of the Law
  • Michelle Oberman, Katharine and George Alexander Professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law

Paula Mitchell
Executive Director, Alarcon Advocacy Center
Legal Director, Loyola Project for the Innocent,
Co-author of the comprehensive study of the costs of California’s death penalty

Rosann Greenspan
Executive Director, Center for the Study of Law and Society, UC Berkeley School of Law

Karin Ryan
Senior Advisor for Human Rights, The Carter Center

Gerald Uelmen
Former Executive Director of the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice
Professor of Law Emeritus, Santa Clara University School of Law

Henry Weinstein
Co-Director, Center for Law, Equality, and Race, UC Irvine

 

Law School Professors, cont.

  • Charles Ogletree, Jr., Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, Harvard Law School
  • Dave Owen, Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of the Law
  • Kathleen Ridolfi, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Margaret Russell, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Gail E. Silverstein, Clinical Professor of Law, University of California Hastings College of the Law
  • Jonathan Simon, Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Center for the Study of Law and Society, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Kenneth W. Simmons, Chancellor’s Professor of Law, UC Irvine School of Law
  • Mai Linh Spencer, Associate Clinical Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of Law
  • Linda Starr, Clinical Professor of Law and Legal Director Northern California Innocence Project, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Carol Steiker, Henry J. Friendly Professor of Law, Faculty Co-Director, Criminal Justice Policy Program, Harvard Law School
  • Anthony Thompson, Professor of Clinical Law, New York University School of Law
  • Kim Taylor-Thompson, Professor of Clinical Law, New York University School of Law
  • Eric Wright, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Nancy Wright, Professor Emerita, Santa Clara University School of Law

Academic Leaders:

  • Paul Fitzgerald, S.J., University of San Francisco President
  • Jose Jorge Flor de Alva, Former Vice President of Academic Excellence at the Apollo group
  • Peter Braun, Adjunct Lecturer, University of Southern California, School of Social Work
  • Mary Bain Campbell, Professor of English, Brandeis University
  • Alessandro De Giorgi, Associate Professor, Justice Studies, San Jose State University
  • Stacy Mallicoat, Professor of Criminal Justice, Center for Public Policy, CSU Fullerton

Business, Technology and Entertainment

  • Richard Branson, founder and CEO of the Virgin Group
  • Reed Hastings, co-founder and CEO of Netflix
  • Nick McKeown, technology entrepreneur, and co-founder of Abrizio and Nemo Systems
  • Russell Simmons, Chairman and CEO of Rush Communications, Co-Founder of Def Jam Recordings
  • Danny Glover, activist and actor
  • Jane Fonda, activist and actor
  • Bryan Cranston, actor
  • Ed Asner, actor and former president of the Screen Actors Guild
  • Harry Belafonte, musician and activist
  • Edward James Olmos, actor and activist
  • George Takei, actor and activist
  • Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams
  • Amy Aquino, actress
  • Joan Baez, musician and activist
  • Barbara Bosson, actress
  • Jackson Browne, musician
  • Peter Coyote, actor, author, and director
  • James Cromwell, activist and actor
  • Paul Haggis, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • Adrian Lyne, film director, writer, and producer
  • Gwynned Vitello, President of High Speed Productions
  • Shelly Fabares, actress and activist

Public Defenders & Attorneys

  • Jeff Adachi, Public Defender of San Francisco
  • Steven Fabian, Former Sonoma Chief Deputy Public Defender
  • Margo George, Oakland Deputy Public Defender
  • Catherine Karrass, Oakland Deputy Public Defender
  • Shane Mathias, San Bernardino Deputy Public Defender
  • Delia Metoyer, Los Angeles County Deputy Public Defender
  • Christine Rodriguez, Los Angeles Public Defender’s Office
  • Christina Villalobos, San Bernadino County Supervising Deputy Public Defender
  • Vittoria Bossi, Law Office of Vittoria Bossi
  • Olivia Gilliam, Attorney at Law
  • Susan Leff, Attorney at Law
  • Stephen Levine, Partner at Milligan Beswick Levine & Knox LLP
  • Marcia A. Morrissey, Law Office of Marcia A. Morrissey
  • Laura Sheppard, Law Office of Laura R. Sheppard
  • Kiana Sloan-Hillier, Law Office of Kiana Sloan-Hillier
  • Lynda J. Vitale, Law Office of Lynda J Vitale
  • Laurence Young, Attorney at Law
  • Elizabeth Barker, Supervising Attorney of Contra Costa Alternate Defender Office