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…

Mary Jones released from prison after 32 years

On March 24, 2014, California law finally provided some measure of justice for PCJP client Mary Jones. After serving over three decades in prison for crimes committed by her batterer, Mary Jones became a free woman when her life-without-parole sentence was reduced. Read more here.

Who We Are

Under the supervision of faculty members at USC Law School, 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 ten additional students for the Fall and Spring semesters. Learn more about these students and their experiences working on their cases here.

Juvenile Offender, Supported by PCJP, Resentenced

The first-ever resentencing under the recently enacted California Fair Sentencing for Youth Act was secured for Edel Gonzalez, who was represented pro-bono by Irell & Manella and advised by the USC Post-Conviction Justice Project and Human Rights Watch. Read more here.

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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