Second chance for Douglas Urquilla

Second chance for Douglas Urquilla

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Growing up, Douglas Urquilla was raised in a low-income single parent household in Los Angeles. At a young age, he turned to gangs to find a sense of belonging and overcoming the struggles of living in poverty. Being involved with the wrong group of people at such a young age resulted in the worst for Douglas.

When he was still a juvenile, Douglas was involved in a crime that resulted in murder. Despite being a first-time youth offender and not being the one that fatally shot anyone, he was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for his participation in that crime because of laws that were in effect in California back in 1994. When Douglas was initially incarcerated he saw no hope for his future and ended up making some bad decisions, landing himself in the SHU (Security Housing Unit) Program in prison totaling 16 years. The SHU is a separate facility within prisons meant to completely isolate inmates from any human contact, which has since been discontinued in California because of human rights violations.

After exiting the SHU program, Douglas sought education, reflection, and counseling which gave him a new aspiration and a sense of hope. Through his effort and determination to better himself, Douglas was selected to be a part of the Offender Member Certification Program through Options Recovery Services. In this program, inmates are trained by NDACS (Navy Drug and Alcohol Counselors School) to become drug and alcohol abuse counselors themselves. At this point, he has already passed the NAADAC (National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors) certification test and will soon graduate, already having internship offers lined up should he be released from prison. He aspires to work as an alcohol and drug abuse counselor with the hopes that he can prevent other young people from going down a similar path he did, viewing this as part of his atonement and giving back to the community. Thanks to recent laws that have come into effect in California, he finally has the chance to come home after 27 years of incarceration and use what he’s learned to help others. Douglas will be going back to court within the next few months for resentencing.  

Please share and sign this petition to help convince Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon and California Governor Gavin Newsom to allow Douglas the opportunity to come home and serve the community by helping at risk youth and those suffering from drug an alcohol addiction.

If anyone wishes to contact Douglas to advocate for him or needs help learning how to rehabilitate themselves or a loved one in prison, you can contact Douglas directly at:

Douglas Urquilla K85083
PO BOX 4000
California State Prison – Solano
Vacaville, CA, 95696-4000

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