‘Wrongfully Incarcerated’ Death Row Prisoner Urges California Governor to Abolish Death Penalty  

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By Cheyenne Galloway 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Timothy James Young writes he is “a wrongly convicted prisoner” on “death row” in a piece in Knock.LA in collaboration with @empowermentave.

The incarcerated writer urges California Gov. Gavin Newsom to fulfill his commitment to the people and eradicate the death penalty in California for all those incarcerated—wrongfully or not.

“I am a wrongfully convicted prisoner on San Quentin’s death row. There was a time when I had hope. I could sense that the winds of change were stirring about. It seemed like politicians were finally aligning themselves with the will of the people. I was moved. I was caught up in the moment. I predicted that the death penalty was on the verge of extinction,” said Young.

“I was wrong. It still exists. I now find myself in limbo—stranded on death row,” writes Young.

 Young added, “Despite promises by California’s elected officials, despite Gov. Gavin Newsom’s 2019 call for a moratorium on executions, despite renewed reckonings with racial justice in the wake of the 2020 protests, and even despite California’s proposed plan to close death row and begin transfers of incarcerated people like me out of our current facilities, the fundamental stench of the death penalty remains.”

About The Author

Cheyenne Galloway recently graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a double major in Political Science and Italian Studies. Graduating at the top of her class and achieving the distinction Laurea cum laude in her Italian Studies major, she showcases her enthusiasm for knowledge, finding ways to think critically and creatively. She is particularly interested in writing and reporting on social justice and human rights, but as a writing/reporting generalist, she enjoys researching and communicating various topics through written expression.

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