Randall Sondai Ellis is 49 years old. Randall went to jail when we was 16. Randall could not read or write when he went to jail.
Since he’s been in jail, Randall has violated no rules. Randall is not a dangerous criminal.
Randall was put in solitary when he was 19 by the California Department of Corrections. He has been kept in solitary by the testimony of “confidential informants.” The CDCR has never revealed who these informants are or what their testimony is.
During the Summer of 2013, over 30,000 prisoners in California participated in the California Prison Hunger Strike, which lasted 53 days. The strike was held to end long term solitary confinement. As a result of the strike and activism outside the walls, California passed a new law, SB-260, which requires parole boards to give “great weight” to a prisoners age at the time they were incarcerated.
With this new law, Randall is now eligible for parole, and is legally required to be granted this hearing by June 2015.
Charles Carbone, leading prisoner rights lawyer in California, has agreed to the take the case, and thanks to over 50 donors, we have secured the necessary funds to retain him.
In the mean time, we are continuing to raise funds for Randall, and anything you can offer is greatly appreciated. It will be used to pay for further legal fees and postage.
The Randall Sondai Ellis Justice Committee can be contacted at Jordanbaxterstern@gmail.com.
The Randall Sondai Ellis Justice Committee.
A Letter from Sondai:
Dear Friends and Supporters!
Please accept my deepest appreciation and humble gratitude for your selfless generosity.
Your actions are bringing justice where there is none. My name is Randall, My friends call me Sondai, which means to push forward and endure.
As a 16 yr. old kid I had the unfortunate experience of making a mistake that has cost me the last 33 yrs. of my life. I am not a murderer, and I did not murder anyone, nor did I ever believe that such an act could take place.
I have spent the last 32 yrs. in a security housing unit, (SHU). As a result of my alleged association with so-called ‘gang members’ the state has used this housing as justification for repeated parole denials, the last one being in 2009.
As a result of a UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT decision recognizing the scientific differences between Juvenile (kids) and adults, the state has finally adopted SB-260, Youth Offender parole hearings, which in spirit entitles the youth offender to a meaningful opportunity for parole in their lifetime.
And mandates that a parole board give “Great Weight” to the youths age and all the hallmarks of youth, Unfortunately in order for the spirit of this new law to be realized and properly adhered to I need to be represented by competent counsel at this hearing, and beyond if need be.
I invite you all to get to know me, and learn about my circumstances and decide for yourselves if the state of California is justified in locking me away in some dark hole for the rest of my life! and then claim to be doing it in your name.
I am humbled by your support, and by your willingness to ensure that I have the proper legal counsel that is necessary for a just and fair resolution to this issue to occur.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU,
FROM MY HEART!
Randall “Sondai” Ellis