Dear Kid CAT,
I am a juvenile offender and lifer. I was 16 when I was arrested for murder in 2003. I am very hopeful about the new youth laws sweeping across the U.S. I am hoping that any changes to Prop. 57 will be retroactive.
I can honestly say that I am totally different today than I was even three months after turning 16. I did not realize the severity of the situation or the way death affects so many lives. I was a brat as a teenager and had no idea this was the path that I was taking…until I participated in a murder and received life in prison. I am in no way attempting to minimize or place blame. I have spent the last 14-plus years trying to better myself and mature into a responsible, educated adult.
I also admire and appreciate what you all do and what you stand for. I would like to help or contribute to Kid CAT and the Beat Within in any way that I can.
Amber R. Central California Women’s Facility
Thank you for sharing your story with us; your journey of introspection is what we all need in order for us to mature. Continue to share your story and mentor those around you, because what you say will have an impact; it is through your story that you can help with the mission of inspiring humanity. Also, continue to write for The Beat Within, stay positive and motivated!