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Stephanie
Aug 03, 2022
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What if your children had some friends over to your home? What if they’re playing baseball outside By throwing a ball at your neighbors wall? What if one of the children broke a neighbors window by throwing the ball at the neighbors window instead of the wall? Would you punish all the children along with one who broke the window? Would you hold them equally responsible? Would you treat them as if they all broke the window? What if you knew they were throwing a baseball where a window could possibly be broken but you knew that was not their intention, should you be equally punished for the broken window? After all, you didn’t know it was a possibility! If you did punish everyone of the children, or you yourself were punished, what lesson would be taught? Should they all be accountable for the action of the one who chose to break the window? Accountability is the obligation to account for your actions. Should all the children be held accountable, should you? I think not. I will ask you another question, should the one who broke the window be only punished for one week and all the others present be punished for three weeks? If there is an argument that they share equal accountability, shouldn’t they all be punished equally? I ask this question because my brother has been incarcerated since he was 16 years old (a child by legal standards). He was convicted of a murder under California’s felony murder rule. He was not the principal in his case, which means he did not actually commit the murder; because he was there he was found guilty. I question accountability because in fact my brother is still incarcerated and the actual murder has been set free almost 20 years now. So, in my brothers case, he is being held three times as accountable as the principal guilty party. I ask you, is this system of outdated justice what we want in our society? My brother has been incarcerated for 29 years for murder that another child committed. He continues to this day to be held to a higher standard of accountability than the actual principal murderer. In typical situation, for the District Attorney to convict  a person of murder proof is needed of three applicable element. 1, That the accused had the intent to kill. 2, malice toward the victim, and 3, afterthought or a plan to kill the victim. Three significant elements demonstrate that person set out to take a life. The Penalty for which is a sentence of 25-to-life in state prison. However, to convict a child,as my brother was, or any other human being,  the district attorney need not prove intent, need not prove malice, nor do they need to prove afterthought. All that is needed is establish a theory that one of 19 underlying Felonise was committed, in my brothers case it was a robbery. If one of the people involved in that robbery commits murder, then everyone involved can be held responsible for the murder, no matter what role they played. The past 5 years in prison, after serving three times the amount of time of the actual murderer, my brother got a chance for a parole consideration hearing. He has had three hearings since. These hearing that are conducted resembles a supplementary unlawful trial that consists of a prosecutor and alternate theories of motive and crimes that my brother has never been charged with, he’s never received a fair or legal trial for these new accusations and he was never been convicted of said crimes that the parole board decides to accuse him of at his parole hearing.  The parole hearing is intended to find suitability after 29 years of corrections and rehabilitation. These alternative motives, theory, and crimes have been used to question my brothers credibility and insight, resulting in a denial of parole time and time again. In our empathetic and enlighten society, can you see this awful standard that we continue to hold onto? How is it possible that we can? We must come together as a community to correct as archaic and egregious form of states sponsored slavery. Sending a child or any human being to the department of corrections and rehabilitation should be the purpose of corrections and rehabilitation not to exact revenge or throw a human life away. Our present system is damaged; harsh and excessive sentencing and unjust unrestraint at a parole consideration hearings is unacceptable! We need to develop a sense of righteous indignation when it comes to our legal and prison systems. We need to find a way to hold people accountable for their own individual actions, and assure a fair pro consideration method, with a structured process. after 29 years the department of corrections should find every reason to release my Brother  and not make up new “truths” that day, that have nothing to do with his case, and then hold them against him denying him a chance to reunite with society. This is a child sent to prison for almost 30 years for a crime he was present at. Unfair!
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Stephanie
May 16, 2021
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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. Stay tuned 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.
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Stephanie
May 13, 2021
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Stephanie
May 13, 2021
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Stephanie
May 13, 2021
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Stephanie
May 13, 2021
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This is your forum post. Forums are a great way to engage in discussions. Post relevant information to how an inmate can makes amends. What would you like to hear them say? How, Why, Reasons, Motives? What do you wan to know? if you know more will you offer forgiveness? Will you be in support when this person stands before the board of pardons to say they take full responsibility and apologize formally on the record. Not many people get to see the record, but here we can hear a few stories and offer our opinions or feedback. To be supportive is not saying what they did is alright, being supportive is saying you hear them and their apology. You validate their "sorry" and that is something even if it goes no place. Posts that are harsh and disrespectful will be eliminated or edited. This is a safe place for the audience to just listen and the inmate be heard. Thank you for allowing me to collaborate this effort.
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