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“If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” Romans 8:31

We have banded together to make a stand for John Steven Olausen who has been incarcerated for 38 years in the State of Nevada. His voice has been repeatedly rejected; however, through us, his voice will boldly be heard.

In 1979, at the age of 18, Steve Olausen pled not guilty to a crime involving a murder of an Undercover Police Officer that he did not commit, and, in fact, two other individuals have admitted to. Steve’s mother made Steve promise that he would maintain his innocence and not plead guilty. However, unbeknownst to Steve’s parents, Steve’s Court Appointed Attorney coerced Steve into pleading guilty by telling him that his mother was having a nervous breakdown from Steve’s arrest, and because of this, his parents wanted him to plead guilty and take a plea bargain. The Court Appointed Attorney lied to Steve, and Steve changed his plea to guilty because he thought that was what his parents wanted him to do.

Steve’s parents were assured by the Assistant District Attorney that he would do time at a boys camp and be home within a couple of years. But, when Steve went to court, he was illegally sentenced to death row. Ten years on death row and three stays of execution later, Steve’s death sentence was overturned in 1989 giving him life without the possibility of parole. Due to ineffectual counsel, Steve’s attorney never appealed his case to get him life with the possibility of parole - leaving Steve to rot in prison for the rest of his life.

In 2015, after 36 years of incarceration and Steve relentlessly fighting for his freedom, Steve’s murder conviction was finally acquitted through attrition, but not without a heavy price. The Judges dropped the murder conviction and convicted Steve of kidnapping and robbery which he had already been acquitted of in 1979. The Judges stated that Steve should have been convicted of kidnapping and robbery and, due to a clerical error in 1979, he was not convicted. The Judges ordered an investigation to find the missing conviction; however, after an extensive investigation, no conviction was ever found and it was determined that there was no missing clerical error. Now two years later, Steve is still sitting in prison on the non-existent clerical error which constitutes double jeopardy and is illegal since these are not new charges; these charges were previously addressed through his court proceedings in 1979.

Steve has been a model inmate the entire 38 years that he has been incarcerated. Steve has acted as a mediator between prison staff and inmates on numerous occasions and is well-respected by both entities alike.

Rather than get involved in the prison paradigms, Steve has instead embraced every possible opportunity through the prison’s educational programming earning the equivalent of credits necessary to qualify for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, an Associate of Arts Degree in Paralegal, a CAD Certificate as well as being a Certified Dog Trainer in addition to earning numerous other certificates. Steve has also worked very hard at his jobs he has obtained while incarcerated even though his average pay is $0.13 cents per hour.

Steve was featured on Animal Planet’s “Pups on Parole” series in 2002. Also in 2002, Steve received an award from United Way for raising $10,375 through inmate and outside donations to help aid 9/11 victims and their families.

At this point, Steve’s incarceration is purely political due to his wrongful conviction. Steve is not a threat to society, nor has he ever been a threat to society. With good legal representation, Steve will, at last, have the due process of law that he is entitled to. Most rights are taken from a prisoner, but the due process of law is not one of them.

This is an effort to obtain signatures and funds for the legal counsel Steve needs to bring him the long-awaited justice that he fully deserves. Steve has not lived a single day of his life since he was an 18 year old kid, but has instead had to survive each day because prison is truly one of the evilest kinds of hell on earth, and the Nevada prison system is ranked second in the nation as one of the worst. Although Steve has had to endure a life full of heartbreak, rejection, physical harm, and utter disappointment, he has held fast to his faith and has never let the root of bitterness take hold.

A funding page has been setup for Steve’s legal costs. For those interested in donating, please click on the following link.

Any help you could give Steve to gain his life back from the clutches of a corrupt legal system will be deeply appreciated. Thank you for your time, and may God bless you.

Steve would love to hear from you. Please feel free to share your thoughts and words of encouragement by writing to him at: 

John Steven Olausen #14804                    


PO Box 7007

Carson City, NV 89702 

Chronological Order of Steve’s Accomplishments while incarcerated: 

1979-Present: Model inmate 

1986: Earned his GED then was allowed in 1992 to receive his High School Diploma graduating in cap and gown

1990-1992: Worked as a Law Clerk 

1990-1993: Fireside Chat Parent Youth program - Ely State. Prison. Organized by Doyle Haus, LDS State President. Helped adolescents/teens with creating their own constitution and declaration of independence and was a youth program based on adolescent behavioral reorganization. Steve has continued to counsel teenagers over the years. 

1990-1993: Prison Newspaper Editor

1991: Received certification for CAD/Windows and Computer Programmer as well as completed his Pilot Ground School and Paralegal coursework 

1996: Received Pastoral License 

2002: United Way – Received recognition for raising $10,375 for 911 victims 

1999-2003: Worked as a Financial Clerk – Culinary 

2000-2003: Fundraiser for Empire School - Organized Artist Inmates to sell their crafts/artwork 

2002: Participated in the Very Special Arts Art Show fundraiser 

2003: Featured on Animal Planet’s Pups on Parole show. Rehabilitated a total of nine dogs through The Humane Society that were considered untrainable that were successfully adopted out. In addition, Steve earned his certification as a Certified Dog Trainer, and he has said that he trains the dogs to love him by first loving them.

2010-2013: Worked as a Law Clerk 

Helped with Braille Boots for Vietnam Vets through Professor K. Hubert at the University of Nevada Reno 

Assistant to Parenting Classes - worked with preventing violence against women  

Helps inmates prepare for release by directing them to job opportunities 

Completed collegiate coursework in psychology, political science, and sociology with a focus on adolescent behavior 

Tutor for Illiteracy - focus on Speakers of other languages and Special Education inmates 

In recent years, Steve was the Speaker for Officer Orientation and Law Students from the University of Nevada Reno. He was selected by, and under the supervision of, Associate Warden Lisa Walsh of Warm Springs Correctional Center.

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