FAIR Sentencing for youth offender Usiel Alcaraz Jr.

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My name is Usiel Alcaraz Jr I’m 22 years old and I’m currently sitting in an Orange County, Ca jail awaiting sentencing.

On April 13, 2012 I was arrested for the first time on charges of attempted murder. I was 16 years old when I was picked up by the Anaheim Police Department and booked into Orange County Juvenile Hall. District Attorney Frank Acosta has decided to charge me as an adult and is attempting to sentence me to the maximum of 45 years to life in prison.

I am the 7th born to a large family of 13 brothers and sisters from both my parents. By the age of 13 I lost both my parents, they were both deported back to Mexico and I was left in the streets to fend for myself. Having to grow up sooner than most young men wasn’t a choice, it was mandatory for my own survival.

I’ve been incarcerated for almost 7 years now worrying about the unknown. When California Proposition 57 came into effect in 2017 I was sent back to juvenile court hoping I’d get granted and tried as a juvenile, but that was not the case. Although Judge Clapp admitted wanting to cry after hearing my story and the trauma I’ve endured as a child and agreed I was completely rehabilitated, he had to deny my motion because he felt 3 more years in jail wasn’t enough time.

I was sent back to adult court and lost my trial. In the amount of time I’ve been incarcerated I’ve been disciplined twice; one for not being properly dressed and two for having a piece of string. I’m not asking to be let out tomorrow, but I’m asking Judge David A. Hoffer to take my age and behavior into consideration and favor me with his mercy when sentencing me. I am not a career criminal and I don’t believe I have out sinned my self from the second chance rule. 

Please sign my petition asking Honorable Judge David A. Hoffer to give me a second chance.