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In early 2012 Life Support Alliance began a new phase, when we assumed publication of California Lifer Newsletter (CLN), the seminal publication on lifer matters since 2006.

CLN, founded by Don “Doc” Miller, a former lifer and physician, now paralegal and champion of the lifer cause, is published bi-monthly and mailed to a subscriber list that includes not only lifers, but attorneys, judges, legislators and government officials as well. The 60-70 page periodical features analysis of recent legal cases relevant to lifer parole and rulings and is an important in-their-hands legal resource for lifers, as well as a report on political, legislative and regulatory news within the CDCR and State.

We continue to provide this essential publication to lifers, family and attorneys as well as an array of officials and interested parties.  

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 and long-term determinate inmates 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.

5. To identify, create and provide programs that will assist lifers and long-term prisoners in becoming suitable for parole.

6. To monitor the policies and practices of CDCR and BPH, to ensure transparency and accountability. 

How We Accomplish Our

We're a non-profit organization and 
accept donations to 
help defray the operating costs of producing seminars, our  travel throughout the state,  printed 
materials for 
legislative educational 
efforts and 
maintaining our website. Volunteers are welcome to assist 
in research, 
legislative visits, letter campaigns and various other periodical services.

In-kind donations 
are appreciated.

Donations may be sent via check or money order or through Pay-Pal. 
For details please go to the Contact Us link at the top of
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Our Board of Directors includes:

Vanessa Nelson-Sloane, Executive Director; CEO and Co-Founder of Life Support Alliance Education Fund, (LSAEF), and the original Life Support Alliance (LSA) advocacy group.  Vanessa holds degrees from Chico State in Political Science as well as Journalism.  A veteran of more than 20 years in the prison reform movement, past member/Chairperson of several Inmate Family Councils as well as past member of Statewide Inmate Family Council.  She is responsible for the editorial content of all publications of LSA. She is married to a former, recently paroled lifer and the aunt of a still incarcerated lifer.

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. Vic is also a member of the CDCR’s Gender Responsive Strategies committee. As 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 extraordinaire on the DOM and Title 15. Bob is a former member of several Inmate Family Councils and a current member of Statewide Inmate Family council as well as a tireless prisoner advocate.

Gene Hein; Father of a lifer and small business owner.

Cindy Jackson; Veteran of several Inmate Family Councils and Statewide Inmate Family Council, law student, Layout Specialist for California Lifer Newsletter and mother of an LWOP prisoner.

​​Advisory Members:

David Sloane; Former lifer. Released in early 2013 after 23+ years as a life term prisoner, 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 California Lifer Newsletter, (CLN), a paralegal and former lifer, who is now Editor Emeritus of CLN.

John Dannenberg; Paralegal and former lifer, John writes legal analysis for CLN and is well known to lifers as the subject of the iconic In Re: Dannenberg cases. His knowledge and insight is an invaluable resource for LSAEF and CLN.

Keith Chandler; Former lifer, paralegal and recent law graduate. Keith won his freedom through court action and has since become a well-known and respected champion for lifers.