April 15, 2020

From Incarceration to Education

From A Lesbian Transwoman's Journal by Jennifer Amelia Rose (author's profile)

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F.I.T.E.
From Incarceration To Education
By Jennifer Rose

Here in Salinas Valley State Prison in California, I've been seeing so many changes taking place and so many new opportunities for incarcerated transpeople! From progressive prison and sentencing reforms like Propositions 36 and 57, resulting in sentence deductions and early parole consideration for lifers, to newly enacted legislation protecting basic "civil rights" of trans prisoners.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has also established a Division of Rehabilitative Programs which has produced many educational videos for the institutional closed caption T.V. channels. DRP-TV has shows on Wellness, Education, and Freedom T.V. Channels.
One such program called From Incarceration To Education (FITE) has introduced me to the Underground Scholar Initiative (USI) at U.C. Berkeley, and now expanded to UCLA> As an incarcerated undergrad student currently enrolled at Hartnell College, I was inspired to write to David Maldonado at U.C. Berkeley to apply for USI.
Additionally; I was recently assigned to the newly implemented Peer Literacy Mentor Program (PLMP) as a tutor, which is training me as a peer educator for Literacy students!
All of this will be helpful at my parole suitability hearing, currently scheduled for July 28, 2020 by the Board of Parole Hearings (BPH). I became eligible for early parole consideration under Californias Prop. 57- Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act, as I've served my full-term for a 'non-violent- third strike offense. I've been incarcerated for 30 years, and definitely look forward to eventually having a second chance at freedom.
I welcome anyone interested in helping me get released, to write me a support letter. Send all correspondence support letters or job offers to me or my attorney at the addresses below. Help me get from incarceration to education!
F.I.T.E for Freedom!

Thank you! :)

Jennifer Rose, E23852
Salinas Valley State Prison
P.O Box 1050
Soledad, CA 93960

Richard Rutledge
Attorney at Law
7960 B Soquel Dr., Ste. 354
Aptos. CA 95003

California Dept. of Corrections & Rehabilitation
Board of Parole Hearings
P.O. Box 4036
Sacramento, CA 95812-4036

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