Clemency for William Goble
Clemency for William Goble
Justice has been done, and William Goble has paid his restitution to society.
We are seeing clemency and a commutation of the rest of his sentence. In 2013, the statutes in Colorado were updated due to their previous “Draconian nature” and the fact that “they serve little to no rehabilitative value”.
Mandatory sentencing was carried out under outdated statutes
William is serving the 25th year of a mandatory 96-year sentence for non-violent drug felonies in the state of Colorado. He was first arrested in 1987 on a drug charge. While on parole for that offense, he reoffended in 1995. This second arrest meant that his class 3 felonies were elevated automatically to class 2 felonies, and he was labelled as a habitual offender. The mandatory sentence for the crime as a class 2 felony was 24 years, and the habitual offender status required quadrupling that sentence to 96 years.
Drastic changes were made in 2019 to the Uniform Controlled Substances Act of 2013
2019 updates to Uniform Controlled Substances Act of 2013 changed the penalties for the offenses William was found guilty of. If William were to be arrested today, he would be charged with a level 1 misdemeanor, rather than a level 2 felony, drastically reducing his sentencing.
Drastic changes in the man
William realized the greater consequences of his actions while incarcerated, and in 1997, made the decision to change himself into a person his family and friends could become proud of. He began to seek out opportunities for personal growth and development that would allow him to serve his greater inmate community.
Investments made in William by the Correctional System
In 1998, William graduated from the Limon Correctional Facility’s Therapeutic Communities (TC) Program, where he received the first ever Community Leadership Award.
Shortly after graduating from the TC program, William had the opportunity to participate in the Showing How A Prison Experience Undermines People (SHAPE-UP) program. This program was sponsored by the Colorado District Attorneys Council and paired at-risk juvenile offenders, ages 12-21, with inmate counselors. William received training on topics such as Gang Awareness, Drugs and Alcohol, Domestic Violence, Restorative Justice, and Youth Counseling. He also received specialized training in Recognizing Depression and Suicidal Thought Patterns.
William worked with the SHAPE-UP program for about 4 years until it was discontinued in 2003. During that time, he worked with over 300 juvenile offenders and their families. Research conducted on the effectiveness of the program found that 70% of the juveniles who participated in the program did not reoffend.
While volunteering with the SHAPE-UP program, William continued to work for Correctional Industries. Over 8 years he learned valuable trade skills such as how to operate computerized panel saws, inverted routers, and edge banding machines. He was a Team Leader in the special projects department and the shipping and receiving department.
In 2010, William was transferred to the Sterling Correctional Facility where he continued to work on the special projects maintenance crew. However, William missed the sense of giving back to his community that he felt while volunteering in the SHAPE-UP program. His Case Manager brought him a new opportunity to foster the spirit of serving that William was developing; a chance to work as an Offender Care Aide (OCA).
William pursued the training and progressed from OCA 1 through OCA 2, and then was transferred to the Denver Complex to receive his OCA 3 training, the approximate equivalent of a Certified Nurse Assistant. Upon completing his training, he worked for two and a half years with terminally ill or chronically ill inmates.
William then had the opportunity to participate in a two-year apprenticeship program where he trained service dogs for diabetic and seizure alerting, PTSD support, and as companions for children with Autism.
After completing his animal training apprenticeship, he was asked to return to the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility (CTCF) where there was a great need for those certified as OCA 3.
At CTCF, he received additional specialized training in Hospice and Palliative Care, Case Management, Ethics and Advocacy, Care at the Time of Death, and Grief and Bereavement. As of June 2019, William has cared for more than 25 inmates at the end of their lives. William feels that no matter a person’s past, they should not have to die alone.
In 2018, William also had the great opportunity to participate in a new pilot program from the Department of Corrections, which utilized eight hand-picked offenders as Mental Health Peer Assistants (MHPA). He received training in Mental Health First Aid, Low-Level Crisis Intervention, Recognizing Depression Disorders, Recognizing Psychosis, Recognizing Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse Disorders and more.
In the past year since the program was implemented, the CTCF Behavioral Health Department reports a 40% reduction in contacts. William is assigned as the MHPA for the infirmary while he also acts as their OCA.
In the summer of 2018, William received a veterinary technician assistant certificate from the Pueblo Community College.
Serving His Future Community
The opportunities afforded to William while incarcerated have not been taken for granted. William recognizes that the State of Colorado Correctional System and the residents of Colorado have invested in him and provided him with skills and knowledge that will allow him to continue to serve his community; whether that community is that of his fellow inmates, or if his sentence is reduced or commuted, his family, friends, and fellow residents of Colorado.
In his own words, William states, “If given this chance through clemency, I plan on continuing my life of service. I will continue my work with at-risk juveniles. If we can make a difference in just a few young lives, the ripple effect will impact thousands. It all starts with an idea and working with the proper people to create the opportunity for change.”
He continues, “I can’t begin to express to you, the citizens of Colorado, and my family, how sorry I am for my past actions. I was raised much better than that, and I am deeply humbled by the love and support of my family, my friends, and those I work around. I will not let them or myself down ever again.”
In December of 2016, William’s mother passed away. She was married to his father for over 70 years. His father is now 96 years old, and due to his age and health conditions is not able to visit William. If given the graceful gift of clemency, William would have the opportunity to move closer to his father, or perhaps the opportunity to care for him as he nears the end of his life.
William has been clean and sober since 1995 and has worked very hard to restore the trust of his family and friends. He has an amazing support system of people who love him waiting for him.
Federal-Level Changes in Sentencing Guidelines
In 2013, Colorado updated its laws, and again in 2019. In 2010, the federal sentencing guidelines were also updated and given retroactive application under the First Step Act. It was found, in part, that if sentencing guidelines were not found fair and thus changed in 2010, those changes should apply to those who were given unfair sentences prior to those changes.
It is William’s hope that Colorado will follow suit and retroactively apply the new sentencing guidelines.
As that change has not yet happened, we are supporting his request for clemency to the Governor of the State of Colorado, Jared Polis.
We, the undersigned, firmly believe that William Goble has paid his debt to society and has demonstrated the capability and drive to make positive changes in himself. He has a spirit that desires to serve those around him, and we feel that the citizens of Colorado would be well-served to let their investment in him do the good work in their communities. The return on their investment will be immeasurable.