Tepatitlan, Mexico, Jose came to East Los Angeles at 6 months of
age were he grew up and continues to reside after his
incarceration. At an early age attracted to gangs, Jose
began to get in trouble with the law in various occasions which
led up to his incarceration for an attempted murder with great
bodily harm and strong armed robbery.
Sentenced to thirteen years in prison, because of his age Jose
was sent to the California Youth Authority. Fifteen months
later because of his gang and drug involvement Jose was sent to
the California Department of Corrections to serve the remainder
of his sentence. During his incarceration, Jose
was charged with another crime, which extended his thirteen-year
sentence to twenty-one years in prison. Nine years into his
sentence Jose became a born again Christian which marked the
change and turn around from his criminally inclined mentality.
completing his sentence, fourteens years in the California
Department of Corrections, Jose is now a productive member of
society using his life experience and skills to help the
incarcerated population. At this moment Jose is currently
attending college pursuing a bachelorís degree in social work,
which he will use to assist and develop the impoverished,
incarcerated and previously incarcerated population.