Freedom For Frankie
Freedom For Frankie
*Update as of June 2020
At this moment in time of social unrest in the COVID-19 pandemic, nothing could be more powerful than the love and support of and for one another. The two together will keep the hope for a better tomorrow possible. With that said I send all my love and support to every being. Furthermore, allow me to thank all of you that have been supporting me in my times that hope could have been so easily lost. I thank you.
As your support is appreciated, let me update you of the changes since the initial posting of this petition in 2018. As with change has come many opportunities that I too would like to share.
As of September 2019 I have resided on a PPF (Progressive Programming Facility) yard where I work as a Tutor/Teachers Assistant aiding those pursuing their GED. This job has brought out a strength of mine in mathematics and an enjoyable desire to teach. In furtherance of my personal education I have started my first semester of college this month at the local community college.
While being at this facility I've been attending the following self-help groups, Sergeant at Arms of CGA (Criminal Gangs Anonymous), Vice Chairperson of AA (Alcohol Anonymous), NA (Narcotics Anonymous), Anger Management, IOW (InsightOut Writers), and a lifers support group. Attending weekly up until the COVID-19 pandemic at which point I have been taking two corresponding courses that I could do for the mean time.
Last but not least, in December 2019 I tried my luck and ran for all building MAC (Mens Advisory Council) representative and won. I serve the building and my peers as well. In April 2020 I presented myself to my fellow MAC reps, ten in total, along with those of this facilities IAC (Inmate Advisory Coucil) which seats five members and requested to man a vacancy in the IAC. I ran for palmatarian and was voted in.
Understand all I do is to become a better being and have ready a helping hand to everyone around me, peers and staff alike. My uppers are aimed at my personal rehabilitation and with every intent of making amends directly and indirectly. Also, as I've mentioned before, I do as I do so your support does not go in vain. Thank you til forever as this work in pursuit for amends will never end. For a second chance at freedom will only provide more opportunities for me to make myself available and lend a helping hand. Peace and love and all the support I submit to you as a man with hope.
In March 2005, I, Frankie Leonard Ledesma Jr, two months after turning eighteen was arrested, held, and later found guilty for the death of a young kid my age, taking full responsibility for my actions and the part I had, has me heavy hearted with remorse that I will carry for the remainder of my existence. Sentenced to Life Without the Possibility of Parole, filled a fate to eventually die in prison. I had to realize what could and could not be changed, as amends had to be made. As no matter the consequences or circumstances nothing would bring back a life but I'm focused on showing that I understand how precious every life is and how no one has the right to prevent anyone from living.
Since then I have been productive while remaining positive as I partake in available endeavors. Doing so to obtain insight to develop a positive mindset as well as acquire the certificates. Showing that I can still achieve and accomplish goals, I have completed Victim Awareness, Anger Management, Parenting, Interfaith Leadership, Conflict Resolution, and Art of Communication. Amongst the completed courses I can proudly say that I aided in establishing the first ILTAG (Inmate Leisure Time Activity Group) Group at Pelican Bay State Prison, P.E.A.C.E.(Prisoner Embracing Anti-Hostility Cultural Evolution) Group or better known as "Center for Council". This group brings healing as we realize the humanity that exists in all of us; this healing has been experienced in Prison as well as in the cruelest places on Earth. I've become a facilitator for this group and continue to keep this program available, especially where it is not. I also enjoy Board recognized correspondence courses such as CRIMION (Way to Happiness), PREP (Gang Prevention), and a few Buddhist based ones as well, doing this while cutting hair and maintaining "exceptional" work performances as a kitchen worker.
While doing the above, I have matured; making needed improvements that could be expected with maturity as well as making those a personal choice, change for betterment and a desire to evolve into a righteous being. I had to address and identify the actions that landed me in prison to begin with. It was clear that my upbringing in gangs was the root of the inevitable suffering of myself and of others. I easily accepted that needed to change, finding my true self became an embraced mission along with education; educationally I obtained my G.E.D. with College in my near future.
With navigating in an unpredictable environment I have maintained balance with a positive outlook on life beyond incarceration, thanks to a strong, yet a small circle of dedicated supporters. My groundedness and true sense of purpose were acquired because I experienced that I can still be of a positive influence to life outside. This has allowed me to avoid the hatred and delusion one can imagine prison to breed. I have evolved from and through much in life, I've married my childhood friend whose allowed me to dream of a family of our own and a life beyond these walls. With reading this, I want you to understand I have matured and can call myself a man. I assure you I will continue a wholesome lifestyle as a husband to be a part and provide for a family with my loving wife. I will forever and a day live a life free from the suffering of myself or to others with a lot to still experience. Growth will be embraced at every opportunity and should the opportunity come, I will be proud and honored to show the Governor and Parole Board the human being I am today. They may be able to set me free physically, but I believe true freedom is through wholehearted redemption through a lifelong pursuit to make amends of positive and a productive change both small and big and within and afar.
In closing, I am Frankie, a husband, a growing human being, who is someone that has made mistakes in the past. I continue to accept responsibility with remorse throughout the present with nothing more than a hope to meet and prove his true worth today and in the future. Thank you for listening as all I seek is the chance to be free, as a husband, as a man, as Frankie. I hope that you allow me to prove worthy of your support.
With all positivity and productivity
Frankie Leonard Ledesma Jr.