Dear Kid CAT,
I have been in prison going on 15 years, and I’ve tried to change my life for the best. I was 16 years old when I was alleged to be a part of a violent cocaine racketeering enterprise and was charged and convicted of murder and aiding and abetting under the RICO act (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization) and was sentenced to life in federal prison.
Despite the fact that I was a juvenile and incarcerated at a young age, I basically grew up to become a man behind these walls.
I have obtained my GED, participated in a correspondence college program, obtained numerous certificates. I was also a suicide companion for the psychology department. I also taught several business and screen-writing classes.
I can truly say that I’ve been rehabilitating myself and trying to make something out of my life. In addition, I have published four books. One of those books is called “Bullied,” which I wrote at my sons urging. It’s a story geared to at-risk youth being bullied and can be obtained through Amazon. Thank you for your time.
United States Penitentiary Hazelton, West Virginia
Dear Mr. Cooper,
Thank you for your testimony of self-transformation. You serve as an inspiration to many youth offenders as to what is possible when we put our minds toward rehabilitation. It doesn’t matter where we are incarcerated—whether in California or in West Virginia, we all want an opportunity to improve our lives and become productive members of our communities. We are proud of you; keep up the good work!