A letter from my attorney

November 09,2009
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Talia Rivera( )

Talia Rivera is a 33-year-old mother of two. As Executive Director of Villages without Walls, she works with high-risk gang members in Boston. [Read more]

May 19, 1995 Dear Talia, I was happy to receive your letter and hope that everything is going well for you. I’m sorry that it took a little while to write back to you, but my schedule has been as busy as ever. You seem to be adjusting OK and to be trying to make good use of your time at South Bay. I hope that you enjoyed the book that you said you were reading, My Brother Sam’s Dead. Another one that you might like is a series of short essays by Maya Angelou entitled, Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now. I am reading it now. It sounds as though you have been doing a lot of thinking while you have been there and I hope that you are trying to make plans to separate yourself from the influences that caused you to become involved in the activity that sent you to jail. Remember, you will have to report to and be on probation when you are released, with 21 more months hanging over your head if you get into trouble again. You should not be in jail. You should be with your daughter. Were you able to study for and take the GED test? Please take advantage of any services that they can provide to you, such as help to find a place to live, job training, and life skills. Participation in those kinds of services can help to make things better for you when you are released. Well, I am sure that you are anxious to find out about your question regarding parole. I called the Parole Board last week and they said that a hearing examiner should interview you within 20-30 days after the beginning of your incarceration and that the Parole Board would make a decision before 45 days. If by May 24 you have not been interviewed, please call me collect and I will call them to see if there is a problem. Otherwise, I hope that everything continues to go well for you and wish you good luck with their review of your case. Please stay in touch and let me know how your parole hearing goes. Sincerely, Andrea C. Stanton