When I was 13, my boyfriend and I, we were really, really high burglarizing a house in the desert. The burglary was interrupted… the people came home and my boyfriend brutally murdered them both. I am 20 years old. I came to this room when I was 14 and I have been sharing 7 x 10 feet of space with another woman since. I’ve been eligible for parole, but all four times the families of the victims came and spoke against my release. If it was my family, I would do the same, but I am a different person at 20 than the drugged child I was at 13. Here I head a pretty well-respected women’s fire-fighting unit. We work with local facilities and assist in brush clearing, mudslides and forest fires. I am due for release in four years and three months. I want to be a firefighter.

– Female, age 20, Ventura Youth Correctional Facility, Camarillo, California

One thought on “I am a different person at 20 than the drugged child I was at 13.

  1. When I first glanced at this photo and read the description, I thought to myself: “They were right”. By “they”, I am referring to my parents. They always remind me that: “The decisions you make as a child will effect the future you have as an adult..”
    And although it’s true (and a little dramatic), the sad fact is how a single mistake CAN drastically change your future. How a single mistake can label someone as bad, without really knowing who that person is, and how a single mistake can make people hate you for who you used to be. People change.

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