11 episodes

In issuing his moratorium on capital punishment in California, Governor Gavin Newsom went on record saying he believes there are innocent people on Death Row. “Dear Governor” invites the listener to get to know Jarvis Jay Masters, a condemned prisoner who has maintained his innocence for over 30 years. After sharing intimate details of his life story and his ongoing legal case, we ask the listener to answer for themselves, “Is the death penalty a necessary evil to keep our streets safe, to exact righteous punishment and to deliver a semblance of justice to victims – or is it too fraught with ambiguity, contradictions and biases to ensure that we are all protected equally under the law?”

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    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

In issuing his moratorium on capital punishment in California, Governor Gavin Newsom went on record saying he believes there are innocent people on Death Row. “Dear Governor” invites the listener to get to know Jarvis Jay Masters, a condemned prisoner who has maintained his innocence for over 30 years. After sharing intimate details of his life story and his ongoing legal case, we ask the listener to answer for themselves, “Is the death penalty a necessary evil to keep our streets safe, to exact righteous punishment and to deliver a semblance of justice to victims – or is it too fraught with ambiguity, contradictions and biases to ensure that we are all protected equally under the law?”

    Bonus Episode – Covid Meets Incompetence

    Bonus Episode – Covid Meets Incompetence

    Due to the coronavirus, all phone communications in and out of San Quentin have been cut off. Like a wildfire, covid-19 has devastated the prison. The last we heard from Jarvis Masters he had been ravaged by the virus. It is unconscionable that family members and friends have no idea how their loved ones are faring on the inside. Dear Governor Newsom, Jarvis has a solution. On behalf of Jarvis, Actor Dion Graham voices his plea.
    Last week Shambhala Publications released Jarvis’s latest autobiographical book, FINDING FREEDOM: HOW DEATH ROW BROKE AND OPENED MY HEART. Also available at Audible.
     
    Jarvis’s op-ed, “Letting prisoners use cellphones makes sense – now more than ever.”
     
    Theme song SENTENCED, is complements of the band Stick Figure, from their album “Set In Stone.”
     
    Have a question for Jarvis that you’d like to hear him answer on the podcast, please leave a message on our hotline: 201-903-3575 or, AskJarvisMasters@Gmail.com
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    • 26 min
    Sentenced to Death, Again

    Sentenced to Death, Again

    This verdict is in. And despite all of the compelling new evidence that bolsters Jarvis’s innocence, the California Supreme Court chose confirm his death sentence. You will hear Jarvis’s reaction to the courts decision, and what this means for the future of his life. The vast majority of the legal insights into Jarvis’s substantial claims of innocence were published in the article: “Unrequited Innocence in U.S. Capital Cases: Unintended Consequences of the Fourth Kind” by Rob Warden and John Seasly

    The late Geronimo Pratt was imprisoned at San Quentin for 27 years for a murder he did not commit and awarded 4.5 Million Dollars from federal and local governments as settlement in a wrongful-imprisonment suit. While at San Quentin, he befriended Jarvis. 
    Hear him bearing witness to his young friend, at the launch party for Jarvis’s first book, “Finding Freedom, Writings from Death Row.”

    Theme song SENTENCED, is complements of the band Stick Figure, from their album “Set In Stone.”

    Have a question for Jarvis that you’d like to hear him answer on the podcast, please leave a message on our hotline: 201-903-3575 or, AskJarvisMasters@Gmail.com
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    • 37 min
    Sentenced to Death

    Sentenced to Death

    Jarvis was charged with the conspiracy to commit murder back in 1985, and was sentenced to death in June of 1990. Find out why Jarvis, who never stabbed the corrections officer was sentenced to death, while two others involved in the murder, for whom there was much more damning evidence, were sentenced to life without parole. Hear about his case, and learn about the notorious prison snitches who testified on behalf of the state to implicate Jarvis to the murder.

    Hear Jarvis’s haunting a PEN Award winning poem, “Recipe for Prison Pruno,” which intertwines his death sentence with his now famous recipe for prison hooch.

    Theme song SENTENCED, is complements of the band Stick Figure, from their album “Set In Stone.”
    Have a question for Jarvis that you’d like to hear him answer on the podcast, please leave a message on our hotline: 201-903-3575 or, AskJarvisMasters@Gmail.com
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    • 31 min
    Bloody Murder

    Bloody Murder

    In this episode we will hear details of the bloody murder of a corrections officer, the crime that landed Jarvis Masters on death row. You will hear Jarvis’s recollections of that fated night, along with the memories of the Head Warden who was in charge, and one of the attorneys that represented Jarvis at the murder trial in the late 1980’s. You will also learn the mind-blowing way in which Jarvis first learned that he was implicated in the conspiracy to commit murder.

    Meet Michael Satris, a defense attorney that sat second chair on Jarvis’s murder trial and believes it a travesty that Jarvis is still in prison, much less on death row.

    Theme song SENTENCED, is complements of the band Stick Figure, from their album “Set In Stone.”

    Have a question for Jarvis that you’d like to hear him answer on the podcast, please leave a message on our hotline: 201-903-3575 or, AskJarvisMasters@Gmail.com
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    • 27 min
    The Death Penalty, an Insider’s POV

    The Death Penalty, an Insider’s POV

    For obvious reasons, Jarvis has a very personal take on the morality and ethics of capital punishment. Having been an inmate at San Quentin for 40 years, he has personally known men who have been executed. He has counseled fellow inmates who suffer from great depression, as they face their own mortality daily. And, he believes that if people on the outside knew that there were innocent people on death row, they could not in good conscience allow the government to execute them. You will also hear from the lead executioner who was in charge the day of the murder in which Jarvis was implicated.

    Meet Pema Chodron, beloved Buddhist teacher, author and nun, who has been Jarvis’s spiritual advisor for over two decades.

    Theme song SENTENCED, is complements of the band Stick Figure, from their album “Set In Stone.”

    Have a question for Jarvis that you’d like to hear him answer on the podcast, please leave a message on our hotline: 201-903-3575 or, AskJarvisMasters@Gmail.com
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    • 37 min
    Bonus Episode - #PodcastBlackOut ~ On the loss of George Floyd

    Bonus Episode - #PodcastBlackOut ~ On the loss of George Floyd

    To share in the sorrow, and join in solidarity with the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Brianna Taylor, and so many more families of color who have lost loved ones for absolutely no reason; to show respect to the hundreds of thousands of courageous individuals across the country protesting the injustice and brutality; and to use our voices to echo the self-evident truth that BLACK LIVES MATTER, this week, “Dear Governor,” is disrupting our regular feed in order to participate in the #PodcastBlackOut. Death row inmate, Jarvis J. Masters weighs in on the loss of George Floyd, the civil unrest, and the vitality of the Black Lives Matter movement. And we share the stories of so many men of color who were sentenced to death, only to be found innocent after decades in prison.
     
    Theme song SENTENCED, is complements of the band Stick Figure, from their album “Set In Stone.”
     
    Have a question for Jarvis that you’d like to hear him answer on the podcast, please leave a message on our hotline: 201-903-3575 or, AskJarvisMasters@Gmail.com
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    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Vanforan ,

Amazing! Inspirational!

This is a very moving and informative podcast about the life of an innocent man on death row, highly recommend!

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