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 identify compelling cases of wrongfully convicted felons and assist in seeing to have their wrongful convictions overturned, freeing the innocent.
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 and Lifer-Line, the monthly free publication of LSA. She is married to a former, recently paroled life-term prisoner and the aunt of another lifer.
Gail Brown, Associate 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 38th year of incarceration.
Victor Abrunzo, retired attorney, member of the Inmate Family Council at California Institute for Women (CIW) and long-time benefactor of Crossroads, the Southern California Reentry facility for women. Victor is a member of the CDCR’s Gender Responsive Strategies committee and C-ROB (California Rehabilitation Oversight Board).
Christine Lally, social justice and rehabilitation advocate with a special interest in continuing rehabilitation programs after release. Christine has served the legislature in a variety of posts, including a stint on the staff of former Lt. Governor John Garamendi.
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 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.
Donald “Doc” Miller, the originator of CLN and former lifer, who is now Editor Emeritus of the publication.
Aayliah Muhammad, community organizer for Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and All of Us or None. Ms. Muhammad, a former prisoner, is well-versed in recognizing and serving the needs and concerns of prisoner family members.
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.