Joel N. Aguilar

Resident Advisor, ARC Housing

At the young age of 17, I was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. While incarcerated, I was able to work on myself by taking college classes and leading self-help groups for other prisoners. Then, advocacy work by ARC, Human Rights Watch, and several other organizations changed laws in California that provided me with an opportunity for parole. In 2013, I was granted parole after 21 years of disciplinary-free prison time. I was released on December 1, 2015.

Today, I work as a Resident Advisor at the ARC Bromont Housing Program and I'm a college student at Pierce and Mission College. In the Fall of 2017, I hope to transfer to a four-year university, earn a degree in Philosophy, and, ultimately, attend law school.