Good evening ladies and gentlemen. My name is ______ and I would like to address the following issue.
At the time of my latest conviction and sentencing, I was the youngest person in the state of Washington to have been given a harsh sentence of life without the possibility of parole, which is in reality a death sentence, at the age of 21.
My first strike was a second-degree robbery, which was snatching a purse off the ground. I was given 4 months in the King county jail. At this time, I was 18 years old.
My second strike was a second-degree robbery, which resulted from a dope deal gone bad. I was given ten months and sent to prison. I was 20 years old at the time.
My third strike was a second-degree robbery. My standard range was 63 to 84 months. However, the prosecutor did not even consider giving me the standard range, or offer me drug treatment for the drug addiction I once had. Instead, he decided to throw the book at me. I was 21 years old. How was I supposed to know at that particular time back in 1994, that I was being placed in a position to be struck out, and have my whole life taken from me? I have taken the necessary steps to work on myself and get better as a human being over the course of my incarceration.
It is obvious that society and our system do not seem to care if a person turns their life around or not because their attitude and belief is that I should die in prison for the mistakes I made at the ages of 18, 20, and 21, with no chance or consideration of release.
I am a 36 years old man now and my perspective on how I need to live my life from this day forward is very different from when I was 18. I do hold myself accountable for my actions, and I am definitely not proud of what I have done.
My question is how long does a person need to be incarcerated in order to be proven that he or she is rehabilitated and fit to be back in society? 1 have changed my life and I am ready to get out and give back to any community that may have any at risk youth regardless of race. My brother _______ and I
are just two out of five family members struck out under this three-strikes law.
This three-strikes law has been very devastating on my entire family! Unfortunately, I lost my mother to cancer on October 18, 2006. She was my best friend. Every day I reflect on the foolish mistakes I made to disappoint her and let her down. However, since the passing of my mother, her wisdom and spirit lies within me. I have the ability as I always did to change for the better. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I can be a good service in the community. Sixteen years ago does not define the man I am today. Being under these conditions has given me the opportunity to work on myself mentally, emotionally, spiritually. intellectually, as well as to gain some education. All I ask is to be given a chance to get out of prison, live a life on life's terms, be responsible, and be a productive member of society
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