contact

Charles Carbone, Esq.
PO Box 2809
San Francisco, California 94126

Telephone: 415-981-9773
Or: 415-531-1980 (mobile)
Facsimile: 415-981-9774
charles@charlescarbone.com 

2018 - Law Victories

As of

August 2018

  • Parole grant at an initial parole hearing for a client with a 1st Degree Murder Conviction and who had incurred a relatively recent rules violation.

 

  • Two Clemency Applications granted by the Governor of California reducing the sentences from Life Without the Possibility of Parole to a new sentence of Life with the Possibility of parole.

 

  • Three parole grants for clients serving a life sentence in one week.

 

  • One “streak” in a row of four parole grants for clients serving a life sentence.

 

  • Parole grant at an initial parole hearing for a client with a 1st Degree Murder Conviction.

 

  • Overturned a serious rules violation via an appeal in Superior Court for lifer inmate.

 

  • One “streak” of 5 out of 6 parole grants for clients serving a life sentence.

 

  • Presented legal education seminar to the San Mateo County Criminal Defense Lawyers Bar Association as an expert on juvenile and youth offender prison sentences and convictions.

 

  • Appeared as radio guest on KPFA 94.1 FM on behalf of former Black Panther client who is serving a life sentence.

2017 Law Victories

January to December

  • Won a parole grant for a client who unfortunately killed five people – an outcome – as you can imagine mightily rare given the severity and multiplicity of his crimes.

 

  • Successful appeal before the First Appellate District ordering a reversal of a Governor denial of parole for client serving a life sentence – resulting in the client’s release from prison.

 

  • Numerous parole grants at initial parole consideration hearings for lifer inmates.

 

  • Interviewed by the national press on the OJ Simpson case on parole law.

 

  • Clemency application granted reducing a Life Without the Possibility of Parole Sentence to a sentence with the possibility of parole.

 

  • Release of lifer inmate client who I represented pro bono for the long haul of over 17 years.

 

  • Four parole grants of lifer inmates who at the time of the parole grant were Level 4 – high security inmates.

 

  • Invited Speaker and Expert on California prisons at human rights symposium at University of Buenos Aires, Law School, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2016 Law Victories

January to

December

  • Won the release of just shy of 20 life inmates, who undoubtedly would've spent decades more in prison.

 

  • Won parole grants for numerous clients at all levels of security including those housed at maximum security prison, as well as those housed on sensitive needs yards.

 

  • Obtained medical care and treatment for multiple clients whose critical medical conditions were unmet and uncared for by the CDCR.

 

  • Won multiple visiting-related appeals which permitted increased visiting, as well as family visits for clients.

 

  • Lead counsel on the enforcement of constitutional prison conditions in California high-security prisons.

​​

  • Interviewed by numerous media outlets including NPR, KPFA, and the NBC affiliate in San Francisco.

  • Counseled hundreds of prisoner families concerning sentencing issues, prison conditions, and parole matters.

2015 - Law Victories

January to December

  • Co-attorney in the landmark settlement of Ashker v. Brown which abolished long-term solitary confinement in California and which changed fundamentally the rules by which prisoners are placed in Security Housing Units.

 

  • Numerous reversals in California courts of the Governor’s denial of parole for clients serving life sentences, having won multiple cases in the Superior Courts and the California Courts of Appeal.

 

  • Conducted a trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Proposition 36.

 

  • Won numerous releases of inmates serving life sentences (approximately 50 life inmates).

 

  • Won numerous parole grants for clients serving life sentences at their initial parole hearings (approximately 6).

 

  • Featured on National Public Radio on the topic of solitary confinement in California.

 

  • Quoted and consulted in Mother Jones feature article on prisons.

 

  • Awarded the Client Choice Award by Avvo.com, the preeminent review site for lawyers.

 

  • Appeared on KQED Public Radio on the topic of solitary confinement in California.

 

  • Won In re Wimberly in the California Court of Appeals thereby requiring client’s immediate release from prison.

2014 - Law Victories

January to December

  • Invited honorary witness before the California legislature on the topic o f solitary confinement.

 

  • Client featured on National Public Radio broadcast on lifer inmates in California.

 

  • Featured in British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) feature documentary film on prisons in the United States.

 

  • Won the release of a client otherwise serving a life sentence under Proposition 36.

 

  • Won the reversal of a prison gang validation along with a court order requiring his immediate release to a prison mainline.

 

  • Won numerous grants of parole for former juvenile life inmates under the new law of SB260, affording their immediate release from prison.

 

  • Interviewed by Newsweek Magazine on the issue of censorship in prisons.

 

  • Won the early release of a client whose release was advanced by three years.

 

  • Won reinstatement of a parole grant after client incurred after a parole grant. The chance of success -- which we won -- was less than 2%.

 

  • Won numerous releases of inmates serving life sentences (approximately 50 life inmates).

2013 - Law Victories

January to December

  • Won the freedom for nearly 40 prisoners who were previously serving life sentences.

  • Won parole dates for over 60 prisoners before the California parole board.

  • Won the court ordered freedom in a single day of two prisoners serving life sentences.

  • Won numerous Superior Court and Court of Appeals cases requiring either the release or the rehearing of parole for prisoners serving life sentences.

  • Appeared on NBC Today Show on topic of pay-to-stay county jails.

  • Won the release of three (3) prisoners serving life sentences in a single day.

  • Won four (4) court cases in a row which overturned the Governor resulting in the immediate release of all four prisoners.

  • Won the early discharge of parole for a former life inmate.

  • Lead counsel in landmark case challenging the use of super-max prisons in California.

  • Counseled and advised several hundred prisoners and their family members on topics of civil rights, visiting, appeals, and general prison conditions.

2012 - Law Victories

January to December

  • Won 23 out of 25 parole grants before Board of Parole Hearings in a row.

 

  • Won over 30 parole grants and or releases for clients serving a life sentence.

 

  • Visited more prisons than any defense lawyer in California for 2012.

 

  • Lead Counsel in landmark civil rights case with the Center for Constitutional Rights against long-term solitary confinement in California.

 

  • Recognized as expert and consultant to Amnesty International on long-term solitary confinement in California's prisons.

 

  • Quoted in New York Times on solitary confinement policies in California.

 

  • Graded and supervised over 100 prisoner students in rehabilitation and re-entry program (www.passprogram.org).

 

  • Consulted with Rolling Stone Magazine on feature story on prisons in California.

 

  • Reversed the Board of Parole Hearings and the Governor on numerous parole appeals.

 

  • Litigated published decision on parole denial known as In re Shigeumra.

 

  • Conducted trial against Pelican Bay State Prison on gang validation procedures and use of Security Housing Units.

 

  • Client featured in Mother Jones Magazine for full length cover story article.

 

  • Appeared in largest newspaper in Ireland (The Irish Times) on prisons in California.

 

  • Counseled and advised several hundred family members and prisoners on legal rights.

2011- Law Victories

January to December

  • Won the release and/or parole dates for over 40 life inmates in California's prisons.

 

  • Appeared on National Geographic Channel on the topic of prison relationships.

 

  • Case heard before U.S. Supreme Court, Pollard v. Geo Group, Inc. relating to liability for private prisons.

 

  • Client's case featured on award winning "This American Life" on National Public Radio.

 

  • Won several successful resolutions of medical concerns for prisoners being denied medical treatment.

 

  • Reversed Governor and Board of Parole Hearing in numerous decisions before the Court of Appeals and a variety of Superior Court decisions.

 

  • Visited more prisons than any other lawyer in California for the year.

 

  • Authored Afterword for book authored by famed criminal defense attorney Tony Serra.

 

  • Spokesperson for prisoner hunger strike for SHU prisoners.

 

  • Only person to debate Director of Dept. of Corrections on Sacramento public radio regarding super-max policies in California.

 

  • Testified before California State Assembly on Public Safety on use of Security Housing Units.

 

  • Interviewed by KQED regarding solitary confinement

  1. A Tale of 2 Inmates: Gang Lord, Petty Thief Both Wind Up in Windowless Isolation Units - September 15, 2011

  2. Inside Pelican Bay Prison: A Tale of Two Inmates - August 23, 2011 - Audio

 

2010 - Law Victories

January to December

  • Won precedent setting case for Muslim prisoners to have Halal meals and Muslim diet.

  • Won the release and/or parole dates for over 35 life inmates in California's prisons.

  • Won historic release of four life prisoners in ONE day.

  • Won landmark published case before Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals holding private prisons to same standards as public prisons.

  • Founded Prisoner Correspondence Self-Help School.

  • Won precedent setting, published case of In re Macias in California Court of Appeals relating to level of "insight" required for release of lifers.

  • Won eight parole dates in two weeks.

  • Won precedent setting landmark case in Court of Appeals disallowing parole boards from requiring compliance with Jessica's Law prior to release.

  • Won several successful hardship transfers and numerous instances of improved medical care for inmates.

  • Won numerous parole reversals in California Superior Court.

  • Visited more prisons in the State of California than any other lawyer in 2010.

  • Appeared on National Geographic Channel on prisons.

  • Filed more appeals on gang validations in 2010 than any other California lawyer.

2009 - Law Victories

January to December

  • Won several (5) victories for improved medical care for California

  • Achieved first known release date for maximum security life inmate before Board of Parole Hearings.

  • Overturned sentence for vehicular manslaughter conviction resulting in early release.

  • Won freedom for many (15) men and women serving life sentences in California prisons.

  • Consulted on landmark case involving challenges to California's gang management policies and use of solitary confinement.

2008 - 2001 Law Victories

December 2008 to

January 2001

2008

  • Won freedom for many (15) men and women serving life sentences in California prisons.

2007

  • Won freedom for several (six) men and women who were previously serving life sentences in California Prisons.

  • Won greater due process lawsuit victory for SHU prisoner at Pelican Bay State Prison.

2002 - 2007

  • Lead counsel in numerous (over 25) legal proceedings involving prison gang members on issues ranging from prison gang validations, civil rights, and conditions of confinement in state and federal court.

2006-2007

  • Co-counsel as intervener in Thompson case to improve conditions on California's death row.

2006

  • Co-counsel in landmark Freedom of Speech case for California death row prisoner in In re Flinner.

2002-2006

  • Lead counsel in numerous (over 100) parole cases for representation of life inmates with many achieving release dates before the California Board of Parole Hearings.

  • Lead counsel in numerous prisoner state and federal cases involving excessive force, medical neglect, parole release for lifer prisoners, and prisoners living in solitary confinement.

2002-2004

  • Lead counsel in Castillo v. Alamedia, C-94-2847 MJJ JCS which forced major policy changes to the California Department of Corrections gang management policies and confinement of prisoners in Security Housing Units.

  • Lead counsel in five coordinated prison gang validation cases – In re Chavez, Pina, Padilla, Sosa, & Gonzalez -- which won greater due process procedural protections for super-maximum security prisoners in California.

2003

  • Lead counsel in In re Ngo which challenged racial segregation in housing and lockdowns of California prisoners at San Quentin State Prison.

2002

  • Lead counsel in winning class action suit against AT&T for unlawful hidden charges on pre-paid calling cards resulting in nation-wide changes to AT&T’s calling cards.

2000-2002

  • Associate counsel in class suit in Massachusetts Federal Court against Cable and Wireless, Inc. for systemic overcharges of Pre subscribed Carrier Line Charges, and pending class suit in California federal court against MCI/Worldcom for overcharges of local and long-distance service.

2000-2001

  • Associate counsel to plaintiffs in largest consumer class action settlement in telecommunications case in U.S. history against MCI/Worldcom for settlement valued at $90 million.

2000 - 1996 Law Victories

December 2000 to

January 1996

1999

  • Lead advocate for UCAN complaint case in which Pacific Bell was fined over $20 million for deceptive and misleading sales practices of local residential telephone customers. The fine was the largest ever against the phone company and one of largest in the California Public Utilities Commission's history.

  • Lead advocate for case against Choctaw Communications for violations of telephony universal service deficiencies.

  • Lead advocate for case against MCI/Worldcom for unlawful billing practices for collect calls that originate from California prisons that secured a half-million dollar judgment.

1998

  • Lead advocate for case against MCI/Worldcom for over-billing and privacy violations of local phone service in California. Judgment for over $9 million in restitution.

1997-98

  • Co-advocate on CPUC's OIR/OII proceeding for customer service standards for all providers of local telephone service in the State of California.

1997

  • Co-advocate in opposition of $ 2.5 billion merger application of SDG&E and Pacific Enterprises. Judgment for return of $150 million to ratepayers of California.

1996

  • Lead advocate in opposition of $16 billion (3rd largest merger in U.S. History at the time) merger application Pacific Telesis and SBC Communications Inc. Judgment of nearly $500 million to ratepayers of California and creation of $150 million technology trust fund.

1996-2000

  • Lead advocate in Federal Communications Commission filings including dockets for Truth-in-Billing, Inmate Collect Calls and Slamming/Cramming.