The primary purposes of LSAEF include:
1.To educate the public and legislators on the characteristics of the term to lifer prisoner cohort relative to the risk of recidivism and violence from this population. 2.To provide education to the families of life term inmates in dealing with the prison and parole system. 3.To educate and assist life term prisoners in rehabilitation practices needed to facilitate their finding of suitability to parole by the parole board. 4.To assist life term prisoners found suitable and released on parole with successful reintegration into society.
Our Board of Directors includes:
Vanessa Nelson-Sloane, Director and CEO of LSAEF and co-founder of the original Life Support Alliance (LSA) advocacy group. A veteran of more than a dozen years in the prison reform movement and past member of several Inmate Family Councils, she is responsible for the editorial content of both CLN, Lifer-Line, and After*Life, the monthly free publications of LSA. She is married to a former, recently paroled life-term prisoner and the aunt of another lifer.
Gail Brown, Co-Director of LSAEF and co-founder of LSA, chairman of the Inmate Family Council at California State Prison, Solano and a 15 year advocate for lifers and their families. Gail’s solid history as a knowledgeable and genuine advocate for lifers and her numerous contacts within the community makes her an invaluable resource for LSAEF. Gail’s husband is a lifer, now in his 41st year of incarceration.
Victor Abrunzo, retired attorney, member of the Inmate Family Council at California Institute for Women (CIW) and standing member of the Statewide Inmate Family Council. Victor is also a member of the CDCR’s Gender Responsive Strategies committee. A military veteran, Vic assists prisoners who are also veterans in a variety of VA related issues.
Bob Driscoll, retired engineer, parent of a lifer and source extroardinaire on the DOM and Title 15. Bob is former member of several Inmate Family Councils and a current member of Statewide Inmate Family council as well as a tireless prisoner advocate.
David Sloane, paroled lifer. Released in early 2013 after 23+ years as a life term inmate David brings a unique perspective to the challenges of promoting the cause of lifers and helps us focus on what is truly important to lifers and how best to engage them. His insight into the challenges of returning to society on parole is a major asset to our mission.
Donald “Doc” Miller, the originator of CLN, a paralegal and former lifer, who is now Editor Emeritus of the publication.
John Dannenberg, former lifer and paralegal. John writes legal analysis for CLN and is well known to lifers as the subject of the iconic In Re: Dannenberg case. His knowledge and insight is an invaluable resource for LSAEF and CLN.
Keith Chandler, former life-term prisoner, paralegal and current law student. Keith won his freedom through court action and has since become a well-known and respected champion for lifers.