Please sign the petition (link below) for Compassionate Release for Robert C. Fuentes, who has been incarcerated for 32 years, 20 years at Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) and never debriefed to get out of SHU. He is dying from liver cancer that could have been treated had it been diagnosed sooner; in February/March of 2014 he was given a diagnosis of inoperable liver cancer. He has been sent to hospice in California Medical Facility Vacaville.
His sister Cynthia has initiated the petition “Jerry Brown and Jeffrey Beard and Martin Hoshino: Release Robert C. Fuentes before he dies in prison,” asking for compassionate release (CR) of Robert to his family in Corona (parents Frank and Frances Fuentes, five siblings, two children, 3 grandchildren, and countless extended family members).
Although the prison system has refused compassionate release, his family, Justice Now, and supporters will fight to get him out. “We have seen his once healthy 210 lb frame dwindle down to 126 lbs as of 7.12.2014.” He cannot eat much at all and is in constant pain. His release is urgently needed.
Robert will have a parole board hearing, tentatively set for around September 16. On or around September 6 the parole board will decide the date. The hearing will be on K St., in Sacramento, and will include time for Public Comments, up to 5 minutes per person.
Robert writes remarkable poetry. His poem “Inside, Outside” about being in SHU, with a picture of PBSP, was published in Extracts from Pelican Bay, Marilla Arguelles, Editor. It won America’s Best Poetry Contest. His writings also are in Chicken Soup for the Prisoner’s Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit of Hope, Healing and Forgiveness, and a story for Cynthia in Chicken Soup for the Sister’s Soul: Inspirational Stories About Sisters and Their Changing Relationships.