Dear Kid CAT,
I have just read your article about Borey Ai, and let me just say it was both inspiring and motivating. I am currently serving a 50-to-life sentence and I have been incarcerated since 2006. As in Borey’s case, I was also 14 years old. Throughout my time I’ve had many obstacles to overcome, but I feel I’m now on the right track. I’m currently working on my A.A. degree. I’m also taking multiple correspondence courses, both self-help and religious, but I feel I need to do more. I would greatly appreciate any advice and guidance you can give me. Thank you.
G. Hernandez, Calipatria State Prison
We want to applaud you for taking the necessary steps to improve your life by getting an education and participating in self-help groups. The hunger that you speak of is also what made our paroled Kid CAT members successful. So be proud of that hunger.
You ask if there is any advice we can give. It is this: take the time to practice self-introspection, to understand the drives and motives that led you to commit your crime. This is fundamental to ensure a successful future without violence or crime. Moreover, “doing the work within” is the key to freedom, not only physically but mentally as well.