California Habeas Project (original)








However, there are so many women in prison who are still in need of support and legal services. They need a voice to stand up and fight for their rights. The California Habeas Project IS that voice, that catalyst for hope, survival, and freedom.” ~ Released Survivor Nora Andrade  

The California Habeas Project is a statewide collaboration that seeks to free from prison survivors of domestic violence who are incarcerated for crimes related to their experience of abuse. LSPC closed the Habeas Project in 2012, after securing the release of over 40 women. For more information about project successes, click here.

A unique state law, California Penal Code §1473.5, makes some survivors who did not have the chance to present expert testimony on domestic violence and its effects during their initial trial court proceedings eligible for post-conviction habeas corpus relief.

The Habeas Project identifies survivors who might be eligible for relief under section §1473.5 and connects them with pro bono attorneys.  We provide ongoing training, written resource materials, and technical assistance to the attorneys.  Read more about volunteering with the Habeas Project here.


Since 2002, a number of foundations have funded the Habeas Project, including the Academy for Educational Development, the KMESA Foundation, the Vanguard Public Foundation, the Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation, the Public Interest Law Foundation at Columbia, Mellon, the Impact Fund, the San Francisco Foundation, the California Bar Foundation, Eileen Fisher, Inc., the Fund for Non-Violence, the Women’s Foundation of California, Five Bridges Foundation, and Van Loeben Sels, along with individual donors.  That said, just a few of these foundations are providing current support for the Habeas Project, and we are looking for additional funding sources.