First off, I would like to thank you for passing the law in regards to juvenile lifers to receive a the chance of parole after serving 25 years. It is the first step of many to rehabilitate offenders and correct the overcrowded prison system.
I am writing this letter and submitting a petition on behalf of my childhood friend and soon to be husband Stephen Davis. Unfortunately, he did not fall into the 'juvenile' category since his alleged crime was committed a few months after his 18th birthday. The 'average' time served for a murder conviction is 5 1/2 years in California, Stephen is currently serving his 18th year in prison...3X's the California average; almost equal to the amount of time he was a free. Steve has been an exemplary inmate throughout the time he has spent behind concrete and bars. He currently 2 classes away from his college degree, with hopes to pursue an additional degree once the first is completed.
I strongly urge that you give Stephen the same opportunity you have so generously given to other young first-time offenders. Stephen could be proof of the state of California's ability to 'rehabilitate' it's prison population as well as decrease the inmate numbers and overcrowded conditions throughout California's facilities.
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