WHAT IS THE COLOR OF MERCY - Another no commutation

It finally started to rain again, the sweet smell scented with green. The tiny Lord Of The Rings mountains that surround the prison will fill out and be green with new growth. I try to focus my mind away from the rubbish, right now I'm pissed off, sad and my life unfocused. I just found out there was more commutations done last week. They interviewed this fellow LWOP over the phone on a Monday and called him back Wednesday to say they commuted his sentence. I'm happy for him. 

They interviewed me a year and a half ago, and right now I wonder what is the color of mercy. The guy they commuted, was like me the shooter. He was under 21. He had 15 years in the prison system. I have twice that 15 years and more. He was a first time offender, so was I. How many times must I be of service before my day comes? What is the color of mercy?
I have no money to palm any hands, no closed door friends or officials to report to in the dark. How many dogs must I kiss to get out of prison. I have only myself and my walk in realness.


Petition on change.org

Spoon has now been in prison 41 years. The Governor of California started to grant commutation to Life Without Parole prisoners last year. Spoon is still waiting for his turn. It's Governor Brown's last term in office. You can help by signing this petition on change.org to request the Governor to grant Spoon commutation

Sign here Spoon Jackson - A Poet 41 years in Prison is Seeking Redemption

The petition will be sent to the Governor November 2018, but it will stay open to sign until Spoon is free.



Uncuffed is a new radio series with interviews produced by men inside Solano State Prison, aired on KALW.com radio. Here's the first interview by Spoon: Free-spirited bluegrass musician remembers days riding the rails before his incarceration. The producers come from all walks of life. They are poets, musicians, actors, and writers who share a passion for revealing the human side of incarceration. Listen to all the stories on Uncuffed. Uncuffed is supported by Arts in Corrections, a program of the California Arts Council with funding from CDCR.


Seeking Redemption!

Please sign and share this petition requesting California Governor Jerry Brown to give a second chance to men and women with Life Without the Possibility of Parole sentences!

Spoon is one of them and we will soon make an individual petition for his case as well.

This is the Governor's last term, he already commuted over 20 LWOP sentences last year, and more is expected this year, it's the right time to do this!

Sign the petition at Change.org

Thank you for your careful consideration.

F.U.E.L. - Families United to End LWOP
Fair Chance Project - Geri Silva
Anti-Recidivism Coalition - Scott Budnick
Felony Murder Elimination Project - Joanne Scheer
California Families Against Solitary Confinement - Dolores Canales
Time for Change Foundation - Kim Carter
The Place4Grace - Karen McDaniel, M.A.
Life Support Alliance - Vanessa Sloane
Dean, Berkeley School of Law - Professor Erwin Chemerinsky
Words Uncaged - Professor Bidhan Chandra Roy
The Other Death Penalty Project - Kenneth Hartman
Silicon Valley DeBug
Unlock Tomorrow - Ray Adornetto
Liberation Prison Project - Thubten Choyki
Elizabeth Calvin - Attorney
Initiate Justice - Taina Vargas-Edmond
ACLU - Statewide
Restore Justice - Alex Mallick
#Cut50 - Michael Mendoza
Laura Sheppard - Attorney
Luis J. Rodriguez - Author and Activist
A New Path - Gretchen Burns Bergman
Collective Remake
Healing Dialogue and Action - Javier Stauring