Imagine saying sorry, changing your behavior through insight, and living each day being a better person, but no one ever hears you? These inmates would like you to see the progress they have made and publicly say sorry without re-victimizing anyone further.
Richard was a 16 year old that was sentenced to 3 life terms for a murder he did not commit. He did not know the person before the night he was taken along for this ride. I start the discussion with that because he is guilty, but not for murder. He did not report the crime. He was a child, how long is long enough? Should we hold children in prison for a never ending term? What that does to a person is hard to undo. Richard has spent 3 years prior to age 16 in custody, and has been locked up since 2 months after turning 16 years old. Collectively Richard has spent 31 years of his 44 years alive in custody. Who failed who?
There is so much behind the story, but the bottom line is this, what has the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation done with this human being after 28 years? Clockwork Orange? What?
Can he have a fair and honest review of his case? Child services should have intervened in 1987, when it all began. We will be listening in on Monday May 17th, 2021 to hear what the Executive Board has to say.
11/4/2021 not a happy birthday not a happy day. Even though Richard has apologized, formally writing, the parole board and others involved in this case did. It pass the letters to the family. Richard was denied for three more years.
the system is broken. They fail! Richard and many other men are doing hard time with programs to help them. Public visibility To the amends an inmate is making is failing all parties. Fuel for my fire to public ally share Richard’s apology and many others. Please voice your concern by writing to the parole board and Governo’s office. Please help those that do not have a voice to say they are sorry.