Help Give Bertrand A Second Chance

Help Give Bertrand A Second Chance

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Dawn Russell started this petition to Governor Gavin Newsom

My name is Bertrand Thompson. I'm 43 years old and for the past 23 years, I've been serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for murder, aiding and abetting murder and robberies that I committed as a teenager in 1995. There is not enough words to express the remorse I feel for what I've done, and for the lives impacted by my careless behavior. I take full responsibility for my actions. I will forever live with the harsh reality of what I've done for the rest of my life. 

Over the past 23 years, I have matured and cultivated better habits to become a better Person. Education and Bible courses have help me in this process. I earned my G.E.D through Desert Oasis Adult School. I also received a diploma from The Voice Of Prophecy.

In addition to My educational achievements, I've participated and completed various self-help programs. Programs that delve into victim awareness, crime impact, conflict resolution, anger management, criminal and gang members anonymous, substance abuse, relapse prevention planning, healthy living, and many more. I was the lead facilitator/chairman for the Inmate Peer Education Program where I helped graduate over 40 Inmates and Youth Offenders. I was also a volunteer mentor in the Youth Offenders Program at Ironwood State Prison where I helped other inmates in their transition to become better men. In 2014, I was chosen to give a TED TALK at the first TedX Ironwood event to be held in a California State Prison.

In My journey of education and self help, I have learned that the crimes I committed are unforgivable. It has helped me to realize that there is nothing that I can say or do to take away the pain I have caused to those impacted by My actions. All I can do and have done is exercise better practices and cultivate healthier thinking to ensure that I will never repeat the shameful behavior and careless actions of My past.

I'm not the same careless teenager I was over 2 decades ago, that demonstrated the kind of behavior that belongs in prison. Please allow Me the opportunity to show the 43 year old Man I am today, that has gained insight, remorse, and the realization of public safety, fostering healing and credibility.

Thank you for taking the time to consider Me and for showing your support to give me a second chance. 

 

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