Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Attorney Letarte invited to the MAGIC program @ VSP on Saturday 3/17/18 @ 9:00- 2:30pm

Attorney Letarte has been invited to the Valley State Prison (VSP) 1st Annual Special Event entitled a "a Day of Hope: Teenagers are Salvageable". The event will entail many events including Guest Speaker(s) and poignant Transformed Inmate Testimonials.  MAGIC stands for Maturity, Accountability, Growth, Inspiration. The MAGIC Rehabilitative Program is part of the self-help inmate group at VSP.

If you have a Loved one Incarcerated atValley State Prison - please make sure to inform them of this Event - there will be several attorneys at the event including Attorney Diane Letarte. More important will be the Transformed Inmate Testimonials, this will be words of wisdom for any inmates that want a pathway to the free community by having self-introspection. The process of introspection relies exclusively on observation of one's mental state, while in a spiritual context it may refer to the examination of one's soul! Self reflection helps to build emotional self-awareness. By taking the time to ask yourself the important questions, you gain a better understanding of your emotions, strengths, weaknesses and driving factors.

The event purpose is to highlight rehabilitation by recognizing the salvageable nature of juveniles tried as adults. The event hopes to encourage and inspire inmates to hold themselves to higher standards of accountability, acknowledge the harm done to victims and survivors, recognize the importance of education in rehabilitation, and proclaim the redeeming worth and value of children who have committed crimes. 

Valley State Prison (VSP)will be hosting the MAGIC 1st Annual Special Event entitled a ‘Day of Hope: Teenagers are Salvageable’ on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm

BACKGROUND:

MAGIC was started by a youth offender for youth offenders as a 16 - 20 week program split into two parts. The first part covers internal topics such as Domestic Violence; Victim Impact; Amends & Culpability; Trauma & Healing; Listening Reflectively; Emotional Management & Remorse and Insight. The second part of the program covers Board of Parole Hearings Preparation such as Parole Plans Overview; Relapse Prevention Plan; Remorse & Insight; Attorney Visits; Psych evaluation. Preparation and concludes with a Mock Board Hearing. As such MAGIC meets weekly. The founder of MAGIC was a Youth Offender who was 16 years old when he was tried as an adult and sentenced to 176 years to life in prion. He had two choices at that age with that sentence, to become institutionalized or to change his life becoming accountable for his crime and educate himself. He chose to follow in the footsteps of two significant mentors one of whom founded Criminal and Gang members Anonymous (CGA), a 12 step program that addresses criminal lifestyle along the lines of Alcoholics Anonymous; and  Self-Awareness and Recovery, a program dedicated to internal change utilizing a model of transformation