University of Southern California


The Post-Conviction Justice Project is a clinical program run by professors and certified student legal interns at the University of Southern California Law School. The Project, headed by Professors Heidi Rummel and Michael Brennan, represents parole-eligible inmates serving indeterminate life sentences for murder in California state prisons.Learn More…

‘You Guys Are Coming Home’

Sentenced to life in prison without parole as teenagers, these inmates never thought they’d be free. Now, with help from Post-Conviction Justice Project and Human Rights Watch workshops, they’re preparing for parole hearings and a life outside prison they never expected to have.
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Who We Are

Under the supervision of faculty members at USC Gould School of Law, a team of certified student legal interns represents a variety of parole-eligible inmates. The Project hires six supervising students each summer and also enrolls 10 additional students for the Fall and Spring semesters. Learn about these students and their experiences.
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Justice and Redemption

After more than two decades in prison, Ruben Ruiz and Cohen Curtis sought the legal services of student attorneys with the Post-Conviction Justice Project and were given a second chance. The courts resentenced them to life sentences with the possibility of parole and they were released through the parole process in 2018.
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Contacting the Post-Conviction Justice Project

The Post-Conviction Justice Project (PCJP) has limited resources and receives numerous requests for assistance. If you believe your case fits within the parameters of the types of cases PCJP handles, please send a brief description of your case by mail to:


Post-Conviction Justice Project

USC Gould School of Law

699 Exposition Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074.


Do not send original paperwork. Unfortunately, we cannot respond to every request we receive.


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