Stop LWOP SENTENCES for mental and emotionally neutered first time offenders between 18 and 25.

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SUPPORT JOSEPH STANLEY DURAN lll, AND OTHER FIRST TIME OFFENDERS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 18 TO 25; WHO AFTER BEING CONVICTED WERE GIVEN A SENTENCE OF " LIFE WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE"(LWOP); BY SIGNING THIS PETITION.

In California we have many teenagers and very young adults who have, are, and will be condemned to live out the rest of their lives confined in prison for violent crimes that were committed and carried out during the crucial ages of 18 to 25. The mental capacity for this age group had already been determined that these young adults are and have been mentally and emotionally neutered. Joseph Stanley Duran lll at the time of his offense was also mentally and emotionally neutered at that time. 

In recent years, experts have determined these crucial years (18 to 25) are still massively in a developing stage of maturity in regard to brain development. Yet, there have been many who are now considered to have been mentally and emotionally neutered. This is true for Joseph Stanley Duran lll, who was 18 when he was convicted. He was given life without the possibility of parole to be run consecutive to two life terms and NO chance or opportunity of parole and rehabilitation.

Joseph Stanley Duran lll was not a career offender or a repeat offender. In fact he was an athlete and high school graduate. He had no prior adult record. Many have committed more heinous crimes and recieved less time, not to mention the possibility of parole. Ten years after his conviction he stands completely changed as a man and individual. He would love to one day have children, be a father, and provide for his family. He is also an uncle to 9 children, and the eldest brother of three.

Since being confined, he has stepped away from prison politics on his own accord with the intent to be a better man for himself, his family, and society when given a second chance. He has taken a tremendous leap of faith in the justice system, the community and himself despite his current sentence of LWOP.

He has put himself in a position for change and rehabilitation. Are we to condemn him or any others who are taking action to grow and be better individuals? 

Sure, time should be spent for their crimes, but, this system of a life for a life , or a young life for a young life simply does not solve anything. It makes no contribution to society. In fact it continues to take from families and society when you begin to consider the amount of money it takes to house one inmate per year. 

These particular individuals( serving sentences of LWOP) without prior adult records, and first time offenders who are within the new and revised juvenile age group according to (SB 260 AND 261) should be given a second chance at life, and a second chance of being productive members in society.

It's unfortunate that we live in a  time where teenagers and young adults have made and will make life altering decisions that essentially destroy any future for them and others because of choices made when the youth are simply mentally and emotionally neutered, reckless, impatient, immature, irresponsible, and lack the proper experience or fundamentals to problem solve effectively. After incarceration and in time, these flawed characteristics are often conquered. We can believe that statement based on the recidivism rate for lifers who have previously been granted parole and released.

Please, sign in support of this petition and give Mr. Joseph Stanley Duran lll and others who fit the criteria a second chance at life and the possibility of parole and rehabilitation. 

 



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