The Post Conviction Review Unit is dedicated to promoting fair and just sentencing practices and correcting excessive sentences. Prosecutors have a duty to seek justice and protect public safety, and that also means ensuring people serving excessive sentences are released from prison.
Penal Code section 1172.1 was recently amended to allow the District Attorney to recommend resentencing when a prison sentence is excessive or no longer serves the interest of justice.
Priority for review will be given to those inmates who are:
The following categories will be excluded from review:
An interest of justice exception may be made to these exclusions at the discretion of the District Attorney. If an application is excluded from review based on the above-listed categories, a letter will be sent to the applicant and the applicant’s attorney, if available. An applicant who receives an exclusion letter may submit another application for consideration in the future, except in those cases where fixed-category exclusions apply, e.g., categories 2 (felony sex offenses), 3 (domestic violence), and 5 (290 registrants), listed above.
For eligible applicants, the District Attorney’s Office considers the following factors to decide if it will make resentencing motions:
Other factors considered may include: (1) whether the applicant (a) experienced psychological, physical, or childhood trauma before or during the offense, (b) was a victim of intimate partner violence or human trafficking before or during the offense, or (b) was a youth at the time of the offense and whether those circumstances ((a) to (c)) were a contributing factor in the commission of the offense; and (2) whether the person received a disparate sentence than others for similar conduct.
The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office accepts applications for relief under section 1172.1 on this website. Cases may also be identified from within the District Attorney’s Office.
The District Attorney’s Office has established a Resentencing Committee to carefully evaluate whether eligible applicants are appropriate for resentencing. Before an applicant’s case is considered by the Resentencing Committee, notice will be given to counsel for the applicant to provide any additional materials for consideration by the Committee.
A quorum of the Resentencing Committee (four members including the attorney designated to handle resentencing applications from the Post Conviction Review Unit) considers eligible applications. If a majority recommends relief, the application will be submitted to the District Attorney, who makes the ultimate decision. Absent extraordinary circumstances, any decision of the Committee or the District Attorney (whichever is later) should be communicated to the applicant and the applicant’s attorney, if available, within a week of that decision.
Should the Resentencing Committee deny the application after deliberation, the applicant may submit a written request for reconsideration by the Resentencing Committee. Additional information may be submitted with that request for the Resentencing Committee to consider.
See below for the full process to apply. Only San Francisco cases can be reviewed.
Application process to be considered for 1172.1 resentencing:
Due to capacity issues, our office will only review fully completed application forms. Letters or other correspondence that are not attached to an application will not be considered.