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San Joaquin County
District Attorney's Office

Post Conviction
Review Unit

The San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office (SJCDA) is committed to ensuring fairness, protecting public safety, and promoting justice.  In pursuit of these goals, we must always seek the truth and justice, even after a conviction occurs. The San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office seeks to accomplish these goals through the work of a unit designed to review post-conviction issues.

Accordingly, on January 1, 2019, the SJCDA created a Post-Conviction Review Unit (PCRU). The PCRU has been created to address several laws and appellate court cases that have greatly expanded the post-conviction relief available to California defendants. Two new laws allow inmates to either directly petition the District Attorney or the courts without need to use the normal appeals process:

Recall of Sentence Petitions and “Felony-Murder” Petitions.

    Click here for a "Felony-Murder” Petition Fact Sheet.    

    Effective January 1, 2019, this Unit will review these petitions seeking the following remedies:

  1. Discretionary Resentencing [Assembly Bill 2942; Pen. Code § 1170, subd. (d)(1)]; 

    Click here for the PCRU 2942 fillable form


  3. Penal Code section 1170.95 petitions seeking resentencing under the amendment to the Felony Murder Rule [Senate Bill 1437]  - Click here for the PCRU 1437 fillable form
  4. Item 2 must ALSO include the following forms Click here for the SB1437 Petition Click here for the SB1437 Proof of Service Form

The Post-Conviction Review Unit is an independent section of the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office staffed by experienced attorneys who review each claim to determine whether the petitioner is entitled to the requested relief.


Members of the District Attorney’s Office cannot provide legal advice to a defendant or a defendant’s family members.  It is best practice to have your petition presented to this Office through an attorney. The Post-Conviction Review Unit will evaluate all petitions submitted for review.    

Upon completion either mail to:

San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office
Attention: Post-Conviction Sentence Review Unit
222 E. Weber Avenue, Suite 202
P.O. Box 990, Stockton, CA 95201

or email to: