2018 Elder Freeman Policy Fellow
AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
Policy Advocacy, Lifers, Parole Hearings, Paralegal.
Darryl spent 22 years in the California prison system sentenced to a determinate life term. Darryl was released from prison in 2017 after successfully challenging California Governor Edmund G. Brown’s reversal of a 2016 parole grant in a habeas corpus petition filed pro se in the San Francisco Superior Court. While incarcerated Darryl received a paralegal certification and studied laws and precedent setting cases governing life-term prisoners, as well as California Board of Parole Hearing regulations. Committed to prison and lifer law reform work, Darryl, a week after his release, traveled to Sacramento with staff attorneys from the Prison Law Office where he lobbied for Assembly Bill 1308 which expands YOPH to those under the age of 26. Today, Darryl continues ‘in-reach’ to currently incarcerated lifers with parole board preparation by assisting with authoring closing statements and relapse prevention plans, locating transitional housing, and providing advocacy and insightful understanding based on his own experiences with the parole board and courts. Darryl has made a passionate commitment to LSPC to continue the fight to reinstate all civil rights and liberties for current and formerly incarcerated men and women.