Written Declaration: Achievements

Kilimanjaro Shamba Imani (Edgar Hendricks)

Kilimanjaro Shamba Imani (Edgar Hendricks)

I know that what I am asking is impossible, but in our time, as in every time, the impossible is the least that one can demand. And one is after all emboldened by the spectacle of human history in general, and American Black History in particular, for it testifies to nothing less than the perpetual Achievements of the Impossible.

And here we are, at the Center of the Arc, trapped in the gaudiest, most valuable, and most improbable waterwheel the world has ever seen.

Everything now, we must assume, is in our hands. We have no rights to assume otherwise!

If we, and now I mean the relatively conscious Blacks, Latinos, Asians and whites who must insist on or create the consciousness of others, do not falter in our duty, we may now be able, the handful that we are, to end the racial nightmare, achieve our country and change the history of the world.

If we do not now dare everything, the fulfillment of that prophecy recreated from the Bible in the song by a slave, is upon us! God gave Noah the rainbow sign!

No more water… the fire next time!!

Asante Sana,

Kilimanjaro Shamba Imani

Edgar Hendricks C-39600
CHCF D3-129
P.O. Box 31960
Stockton CA 95213

Here you will find the Kilimanjaro Shamba Imani Written Declaration and Achievements


Search for Redemption


Richard Brown Jr. / CSP Solano

Have the mistakes of our past devalued our worth?
We were exquisite, extremely precious at birth…
How can someone become unwanted and worthless?
When with every breath they now want to give their best…
Or destined to be discarded, thrown away like trash.
Never given a second chance to right the past.
Can we have the opening to show how we’ve grown?
Or is that no longer plausible the chance gone?
Separated, lonely the final exemption…
Can we better ourselves and search for redemption?

This poem is dedicated to the countless men and women who are serving LWOP sentences across the U.S.


Hung T. LY

Hung T. Ly

Hung T. Ly

Hung T. Ly

CDCR # F21132
Date of Birth: 06/19/1984
Nationality: Chinese-American
Birthplace: Sacramento, CA
Marital Status and Children: Single, None
Age during offence: 19
Date of arrest: 01/10/2004
No priors
Court type: Jury Trial: Sacramento
Convicted Offences:
1) First Degree Murder
2) Special Circumstance: Lying in Wait
3) Personal Discharge of Firearm

CA Penal Code Section:
1) 187(a)
2) 190.2(a)(15)
3) 12022.53(d)

1) 25-to-life
3) 25-to-life (Enhancement)

Before my incarceration, I was a lost and negative youth. I disliked school and eventually dropped out of high school after my sophomore year. I was unemployed and spent most of my remaining free years wasting my time by hanging out and engaging in unhealthy destructive activities. Ultimately, these choices became my stepping stone to a life without the possibility of parole (LWOP) sentence.

When I first entered the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) prison system, the Youthful Offender Program [YOP] did not exist. The YOP would have allowed CDCR to place me on a Level III medium security facility. Because of this reason, I was placed on a Level IV maximum security facility with limited rehabilitative programs.

Hung T; Ly: “We’re all ex-somethings”

Walking on the positive side of a Level IV yard was not easy. Peer pressure, violence, substance abuse, gang activity, and racism came with the territory and are considered normal. Because of my sentence, I was told by my fellow prisoners and prison staff that I will never get a chance to leave level IV or return to society. I was treated worse than other prisoners who did not have an LWOP sentence.

A part of me accepted this reality, however, with the powerful assistance of hope, maturity, and dignity, I was able to conquer and relinquish the negativity in my life. Despite my circumstances, I made the decision to change my lifestyle because of my strong desire to seek a new and positive way of living. Prior to gaining a sense of direction, I was only existing.

Due to CDCR’s reconfiguration of the point system in 2012, the restriction on LWOPs transferring to Level III facilities were lifted. Within five years, CDCR modified regulations to further reduce the custody level of LWOPs to Level II. Because of my low points from positive programming, I was one of the first to transfer to lower security facilities during these changes.

Hung T. Ly

Since then, I have taken full advantage of rehabilitative programs whenever the opportunity arose. From these programs, I have gained skills to better assist me in the route to a better and new lifestyle. Today, I have achieved a sense of purpose and value of life.

Although I cannot undo all the damage I have done, but at this moment, I can say that I have the strength to never turn back to the negative lifestyle I once lived. Whether I spend the rest of my natural life as a prisoner or possibly earn a second chance as a return citizen, I will continue on this path because peace and success is the destination that I wish to pursue. It is the place I wish to someday meet the rest of you. I believe I have steered myself into a brighter future. I am on the way. I am a Lifer With Optimistic Progress and I am on a mission for greatness.

Here’s a timeline of my accomplishments and programs I have participated in during my incarceration:

05/05/06 – 06/01/12 : California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison (CSATF/SP) Level IV Maximum Security Facility – Corcoran, California:

– Earned general equivalency diploma (GED)

– Assigned as Program Office Clerk Receiving multiple laudatory reports from supervisors.

06/01/12 – 05/14/13 : California State Prison-Sacramento (CSP-SAC) AKA New Folsom Level IV Maximum Security Facility – Represa, California:

– Assigned as Dining Room Line Server.

05/14/13 – 12/09/13 : California State Prison-Solano (CSP-SOL) Level III Medium Security Facility – Vacaville, California:

– Attended weekly Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings.

– Assigned as Landscaper.

– Completed Victim Awareness module.

12/09/13 – 01/13/16 : Pleasant Valley State Prison [PVSP] Level III Medium Security Facility – Coalinga, California:

– Assigned as Program Office Clerk receiving couple laudatory reports from supervisors.

– Attended weekly Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Criminals and Gang Members Anonymous (CGA), and Lifer Support Group meetings.

– Completed Managing Emotions module.

– Completed Victim Impact module.

– Attended monthly U’re Not In This Yourself (UNITY) lectures.

– Completed Criminon: The Way To Happiness module.

– Enrolled into Coastline Community College (CCC) via correspondence and completed INTO to Mass Communication course.

– Completed three modules of Partnership For Reentry Program (PREP)/Turning Point: Life Skills/Self-Development Program.

01/13/16 – 04/27/17 : California State Prison-Solano (CSP-SOL) Level III Medium Security Facility – Vacaville, California:

– Assigned as Main Kitchen Food Service Clerk.

– Assigned as Housing Unit Assistant Lead Porter/Janitor.

– Attended weekly Lifers With Optimistic Progress (LWOP).

– Received training as mentor in the Lifeline youthful offender mentorship program.

04/27/17 – Present : California State Prison-Solano (CSP-SOL) Level II Medium Security Facility – Vacaville, California:

– Completed Asian Prisoner Support Committee’s ethnic studies program: Restoring Our Original True Selves (ROOTS) facilitator training.

– Completed In-Building Self-Help Program (IBSHP) facilitator training for: Extreme Emotional Response, Victim Awareness, and Conflict Recognition and Resolution (CR&R) modules.

– Served as Treasurer and Information Liaison for CSP-SOL Level II Lifer With Optimistic Progress (LWOP) Activity Group

– Completed Defy Ventures, Inc.: CEO of Your New Life program receiving Certificate in Pitching Excellence in the Business Pitch Competition (BPC) as a semifinalist.

– Received Certificate in Career Readiness from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business through Defy Ventures, Inc.

– Served as Defy @ Solano Level II Enrollment Coordinator and Peer Group Facilitator receiving laudatory report from Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Defy Ventures and appreciation/support letters from mentees

– Attended weekly Toastmasters International Delta Breeze club meetings as spectator

– Enrolled into Solano Community College’s (SCC) satellite campus at CSP-SP: and completed Business Math course

– Served as member of the group Beyond Ordinary Life Doings (BOLD) facilitating community outreach events

– Donated hygienic items and assisted with the food and hygiene items and assisted with the food and hygiene drive for The Vacaville Storehouse in conjunction with Pastor Raymond Beatty and The Father’s House’s community outreach program: We Love Our City.

– Donated funds and assisted in the second annual Special Olympics Flame of Hope Torch Run and ran two laps with Northern California Special Olympics Athletes streamed on Facebook Live.

– Completed Inmate Peer Health Education Program (IPHEP): Stress Management, Life Coping Skills, Anger Management, and Childhood Abuse and Trauma

– Attended bi-weekly Solano Journalism Writer’s Guild (SJWG) classes.

– Attended bi-monthly photography classes.

– Served as Copy Editor and Staff Writer for Solano Vision News (SVN) newspaper.

Hung T. Ly with others earning certificates

Hung T. Ly with others earning certificates



Duane Angelo Gittens

Photo of Duane Angelo Gittens and friend


Hello, my name is Duane Angelo Gittens, #K22294 and the nature of my life crime, was a Horrific (matricide) for which I was reluctantly a part of in 1994. I was abused as a young child and as an adult teen; in a state of desperation, I vented to a best friend who was nineteen or twenty in 1994, as I was. He did not take my frantic ranting to him serious, but unbeknownst to me, he had company in an adjacent room who overheard my yelling and took my rants to heart. My distresses about being abused, hurt, and neglected for years fell on dangerous ears. And that is when my nightmare began.

I was brought-up in an upper-middle class home. I was a Cerritos Athletic over-achiever with high hopes and dreams of being in the NFL. From the age of 15-years-old to 19, 20-years old, I held down a part-time job while in high school, as well as in college, while playing football. I was raised by a hard-pressed, firm disciplinarian, single-parent mother whose love I deemed abusive in my teens. For a short period of time during my pre-teens, I was molested by her, which I never shared with anyone until I came to prison. I first shared this with my fiance, the love of my life.

While I’ve been in prison, I’ve written over thirteen unpublished books. I completed two Anger Management courses; I am a spearhead for the Nation of Islam and formed student minister, and helper of Muhammad, the righteous people, and have become a 5%. I am also a well-studied, secured party creditor for the past ten years, registered with the Secretary of State.

Delano III-prison has picked my brainchild-baby of a reform class, called F.I.R.M. Resolutions (which stand for Firm – Intelligent – Responsible – Models; also known as Significant Challenges) created by a fellow LWOP named Rudy Murphy at Delano State Prison, who is now with us at Solano. I am currently striving to get this approved at CSP-Solano.

I know that, no matter the circumstances in life, they cannot define or defy who you really are. My testimony in life is to let all who hear me, understand the struggle is real. Struggle is ordained; we all, all of us are equipped by the Most High to overcome any and all mistakes, bad choices, circumstances, people, places, things, environments… for a positive, pro-active, social lesson in one another’s life in society.

Everyone’s contribution counts for a child, good, bad, and ugly. My presence, back in free society, will only project positive, reform insight and strength of a Man whose been to the darkest places in self and prison-of-self and society, yet has emerged to see and be part of the light.

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Haiji Whitsey

Haiji Whitsey

Haiji Whitsey

Hello, my name is Haiji Whitsey and I want to thank you for taking time out of your day to read my profile. In 1992, I was convicted of murder, robbery and

burglary. I received a sentence of Life without the Possibility of Parole, plus 6 years. Every day that I have been incarcerated I have shed a tear. Not for me, but for my victim, his family, my family and everyone that was and still affected by my uncaring and selfish act(s).

Before my incarceration my upbringing was typical, a one parent household. My mom had 7 kids total and we all lived in the same house/apartment. We were on welfare and lived in a gang-infested area. All of us went to school, every one of us got locked up as juveniles and only 1 or two of us got our high school diplomas.

My accomplishments while in prison have not been many but they were worthwhile. I have earned my G.E.D., I have an extensive amount of alcohol anonymous milestones, Alternative to Violence programs and Victim Awareness Programs.

What I may bring to society if given a second chance is hope, prayer, guidance, love and understanding. The meaning of being a citizen in society. To my understanding, everything you do in life has a ripple affect; make yours of positive attributes.

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Whitsey H-44663
CSP Solano 22-21-5L
PO BOX 4000
Vacaville CA 95696

Billy Davis’ Bio

Billy Davis and his Mother (2018)

Billy Davis and his Mother (April 2018)

Billy with his friend, around age 15.

This bio for Billy Davis was written in collaboration with his mother (Janet Davis). you see, Billy is developmentally disabled and visually disabled because of pre-mature birth, with a cyst in his brain that was not identified until the age of ten. Nevertheless, as an adolescent/teen, Billy became as sociable as his condition would allow, including fulfilling a romantic interest with the love of his life.

Billy also made friends with ease, especially male figures in, or above, his age group, which, in his naïve heart and mind, was a marvelous thing, however, that innocent interacting with others would prove fatal because – due to his under-developed brain – he was subject to manipulation by those who held little or no regard for his safety or well-being. To  everyone’s dismay, at age 19, Billy was implemented in a crime, along with others, (found guilty) and sentenced (under the Felony Murder Rule) to Life Without the Possibility of Parole (LWOP).

Billy as a young man in prison.

Billy as a young man in prison.

In the year 2000, while housed at CSP-Calipatria, Billy was stabbed several times and also received massive blows to his head causing the Cyst to rupture, caused cerebral spinal fluid buildup in his brain
triggering displacement of the brain stem, spinal damage and an enlarged cyst. After several surgeries and time spent in Segregated Housing Unit(s), Billy is now housed at CHCF, where he receives the much-needed medical/mental healthcare.

From his hand, he shares these words:

“I have been in jail/prison longer than I haven’t! Because of my medical condition, from birth, I wasn’t able to put my own thoughts together. So, I just took comfort in doing what I was told. While I still need to be told what to do, more and more, I’ve been realizing that I can make thoughts myself. While I’ve been in prison a long time, the CCCMS, DDP, CHURCH and GROUPS have helped me, and when I get out, I’d like to keep being able to learn from them. I’m also wanting to help change the way people think about each other, they should want to do all they can for each other. As for me, though, in its own way, my medical condition had positive aspects too. Unfortunately, I just don’t/can’t think of what is going to happen next. What I do know, though, is that if I don’t help everybody else, how can I ask for forgiveness myself!”

Through Billy’s many medical battles and misfortunes with the justice system, his family, mother, grandfather and sister have been there every step of the way; hoping, praying for a humane resolution of Billy’s cause.

In 2017, his family petitioned the Governor’s Office for a compassionate release, however, the family still waits for a response. Long before the judicial and prison systems misfortunes, Billy was born six (6) weeks prematurely, triggering hospitalization, surgeries resulting his arrested development in all areas of growth; he did not walk, or talk, until age two (2). Sadly, Billy’s trial attorney failed to present any of his developmental / visual disabilities during the course of trial.

Regardless, sentencing anyone in Billy’s condition to LWOP, and forcing them to serve out such is most cruel and inhumane. And, I am hopeful that we (citizens of California) can work together, and through legislation, to amend existing laws, or, create new ones that take into consideration the under-developed mental status of those LWOP’s who were above age nineteen (19) at the time of the offense and reconsideration for those offenders who have since fallen mentally/physically ill, and would be better off at home or a non-prison setting. So, let us be brave and work in a united effort for all those (like Billy and the taxpayers who pay for their long-term incarceration) who deserve better.

Billy Davis and his mother (June, 2018)

Billy Davis and his mother (June, 2018)