Help Commute Leon Brown

Help Commute Leon Brown

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Lesley Brown started this petition to Governor Gavin Newsom

Leon Brown was born in the inner city of Los Angeles, California. Like many who come from these communities, he knew tragedy and pain early in his life. Watching his only real father figure, his grandfather, die in front of him at the age of 7 caused deep emotional trauma that as a child was never addressed. Before that he saw his father leave him and his mother and never return. These two events played a huge role in creating a hurt, angry and emotional child with no coping skills other than to fight and no one to try and understand why he was always so angry. Instead he was labeled as a bad kid and treated as such. Eventually he gravitated towards gang life looking for love, acceptance and a father figure of sorts at the young age of 12. 8 years later he would be arrested for a gang related murder and later be sentenced to the alternative to the death penalty. In other words LIFE WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE or LWOP as it is often called. But before that could happen, Leon became a father. He was driven to be the parent he wished he had but he was also young and caught in the streets. He was involved and doing the best he knew how to parent his two boys and once he got arrested and his daughter was born, he began to realize after some time that things needed to change. Eventually Leon changed his life around and never gave up on parenting his kids. To this day he has an amazing relationship with his children and is best friends with his daughter. Leon Brown stepped away from gang life in 2007 and has currently gone since 2008 without ANY write ups. Thirteen years and counting by the way. The change in him is like night and day and he continues to work hard to not only be a better person himself but also to raise kids that don't make the types of choices he made in life. What helped him along the road was getting involved in self help groups like Gogi, Alternatives to violence, Cognitive behavior therapy and several others as well as a program called Camp Grace that allowed for him to spend a week with his daughter doing daughter/father workshops and solidifying the bond that they have now.
Leon Brown, who has been incarcerated since he was 20 years old and is now 38, is a rehabilitated man who continues to work on himself and tries to grow as a person on a daily basis. He wants to work with youth, be a mentor and give back to the communities he once took so much from. If given the opportunity to prove himself an asset to society, we are sure he would leave a positive impression on whomever it is he sits in front of. We respectfully urge you to commute Mr. Leon Brown. Thank you for your time. #commuteleonbrown

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