Joel N. Aguilar
I was convicted of participating in a murder at age 17 and sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole. I was able to take college classes and led self/help groups for prisoners. Work by ARC and HRW and many others changed the laws in 2012 and 2013, and I was paroled after 21 years of disciplinary-free prison time. I was released on December 1, 2015. I work as a resident advisor at the Anti Recidivism Coalition Bromont Re-entry Housing and a college student at Pierce and Mission College. I hope to transfer to a four-year university in the fall, earn a degree in philosophy, and go to law school.