Dear Kid CAT,
You guys are awesome. Your work is impressive and helps change societies perception of us.
I’d like to share my story with other youth offenders who are excluded from relief from SB261 for a prior strike. I’m currently serving 200-to-life for attempted murder at the age of 22. I’m 39 years old today and am involved in multiple self-help groups and mentoring. Although we are excluded from reducing our time, I want to encourage those of us who are excluded to stay focused on being better people. Don’t lose hope. Society is evolving and they understand we have value and can change. If we want others to fight for us, we must be someone worth fighting for.
J. Milo, Corcoran State Prison
Dear Mr. Milo,
The original founders of Kid CAT had the dream that juveniles would one day be seen as capable of redemption with a capacity to make something of their lives. Fast forward eight years: Kid CAT played a role in helping to pass SB 9, 260, 261 and AB 1276. Thanks to the vision of our founders and our commitment to demonstrating our capacity to change, we are now viewed as worthy of being given a shot at freedom. Our work today continues the vision of our founders to give light and voice to the marginalized. As of this writing, only two of the original founders are still here – the others are leading successful lives on the outside after being found suitable for parole.