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  • Petitioning California State Supreme Court

This petition will be delivered to:

California State Supreme Court
LACSD Correctional Services Division
Sheriff Baca
California Governor

LACSD Correctional Services Division: Save the Unborn Children of Lynwood

    1. Melissa Balin
    2. Petition by

      Melissa Balin

      North Hollywood, CA

We who support this petition find it unacceptable that unborn children are being subjected to cruel and unusual punishment at the Lynwood Century Regional Detention Facility. The unconstitutional treatment of pregnant women incarcerated in Los Angeles County has resulted in an untold number of deaths and unlawful termination of pregnancies directly and indirectly caused by Sheriff misconduct. Many of these cases of excessive force, even those severe enough to end in a trip to the hospital, as in the case of filmmaker Melissa Balin, continue to remain uninvestigated.

While there is no remedy for the unborn fetus of Melissa Balin, We call upon the highest courts to hear Writs of Habeas Corpus for the immediate release of any and all pregnant women currently incarcerated. In any future arrests of pregnant woman and those awaiting trial, especially in the cases of non-violent offenses, we ask the courts to issue commuted sentences, to ensure a safe and loving gestation period for the innocent unborn child. Such an environment is clearly not possible in the correctional system that the ACLU recently described in a report, as being run by a "savage gang of deputies".

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Nick Mayo TUCSON, AZ
      • 2 months ago

      now this I will support

    • Patrick Moore LA, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      We will be judged by the status of the vulnerable amongst us.

    • Deborah DeStefano LOS ANGELES, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Children come first and should not be victims of our system of injustice

      that incarcerates non-violent offenders of petty crime, or 'so-called' crimes.

      I have experienced on more than one occasion the corruption and brutality of the Sheriff's Dept.,

      I have yet to encounter 'the good one' that civilians, friends, family or aquaintances that will admit 'theirs'

      is a bad one. If you were to believe them, then ALL law enforcement are actually a kind, gentle people.

      They consistently commit crimes against the people under color of law and ALWAYS lie on the stand.

      I've yet to see a case where this was not the m.o. of the court system of extreme injustice.

    • karen gonzales BAKERSFIELD, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am a mother. Really , is this what our men and women who defend our country have died for! Stop the insanity and torture of these women and children!

    • Evelyn Lentz SEATTLE, WA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Melissa is a sweet girl, and should not have lost her baby in any jail! This was a cruel and senseless death and should not have happened. Save the unborn children of Lynwood!


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