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Personal Profile of Librado Clemena, Jr.
Allow me to briefly share a little bit about myself so those of you whom are reading this profile can get a better idea of who and what you're dealing with. If you choose to correspond with me, okay?
I'm Filipino and Mexican, 5'7", 175 lbs., a Leo (August 3rd), and serving a life sentence under California's Three Strikes (unjust) Law for a residential burglary. I am currently in the process of getting back into the court system for prosecutorial misconduct. The District Attorney in my case was not licensed to practice law in this state. My chances at regaining my freedom are about 98.9% good. I can honestly admit that I wasn't the person who committed this crime but, because of my prior gang affiliations and previous incarcerations, I was a target to get off the streets. But that's neither here nor there, know what I mean?
Now for the past 17 years that I've been incarcerated, I have gained much more wisdom and have chosen to change my life for nobody but myself, because I was tired of living the destructive lifestyle!
I say this to say back in 1996, myself, along with six other former gang members, founded a twelve step recovery group called "California Gangs Anonymous which we later changed (2011) to Criminals and Gangmembers Anonymous (CGA). This recovery group helps former criminals and/or gang members identify their character defects, the cycle of addiction, their old beliefs, manners and habits, but most of all, it will help anyone at any time identify that there is an addiction that was never thought of until the birth of CGA. We call it the "lifestyle addiction."
Think about it. When you were a child walking around in the grocery store with your mother and when you saw candies and/or some fruit that you wanted and asked for, she said no because for whatever reason she couldn't afford it. So as soon as she turned down the aisle or her back, you immediately went to that candy and put some in your pocket or you grabbed the fruit and took a bite and placed it upside down so nobody could see your bite marks. Now did you commit a crime?
Or you're at work and times are rough. You're short on money, the bills are pilling up, food is short at home, and you end up taking something, whether it be money or something else from your job site to make some money. Did you commit a crime?
Of course, I can go on to explain the "lifestyle addiction", but this is exactly what we address in CGA. Doesn't matter whether you're a policeman, prosecutor, judge, doctor, priest, teacher, politician, or just a person of society—criminals come in different shapes, forms, and otherwise.
What I've learned through recovery is that it's never too late to change! I patiently await your reply. Interested in more? Please check out my blog!
To be continued.
Librado Clemena, Jr.
Librado Clemena, Jr. J-94579
P.O. Box 409060
Ione, CA 95640-9060
P.S. Please return photo and copy of profile and blog. Thank you.