Saturday, February 27, 2010

FROM THE BEGINNING


My husband AJ was paroled in February of 2006. On his first day of freedom, the hell began. From his new parole agent telling me that she "couldn't wait to send his ass back to prison" to....he and I getting stopped in a parking lot and slammed face first down onto the asphalt. Society was not ready to offer redemption to a newly released ex-con. After much effort we had his parole transferred out here to L.A. County thinking things would be better. Because prison life had institutionalized AJ so badly, we decided that working here with our non-profit dog rescue would be the perfect situation for him to mainstream back into a sometimes cruel world.

It didn't take long to see the effect the dogs had on my husband. He began to relax and his love for life came back. AJ then came up with the idea of sharing our dogs with other newly released parolees. Our new program became a success rehabilitating many parolees and helping them mainstream back into society. The Underdawgz program was featured in many newspaper articles, magazines and various news stories. After winning an award for one of "L.A's Most Important People in 2007", producers soon approached and offered us our own TV reality series based on the good work that we do with parolees and our dogs. Preliminary filming began and things were looking good for us.

Then on the morning of Sept 11th 2007, our facility got a "visit" from parole and law enforcement. They claimed it was a "routine" parole search. But due to the fact that there were several deputies and they had guns drawn, "routine" was obviously not on their mind. Ironically my husband was at the parole office turning in his monthly report so he had no idea the hell we were being put through. Because this is a pending case, I cannot at this time go through the details of the raid but trust me....I can't wait to reveal it all. After tearing up our house and property, they left and told me to have my husband call them. After a few phone calls back and forth with his parole agent, my husband and I decided to call the supervisor for the parole office and try to find out what this was all about. The supervisor told us "it was just a misunderstanding" and told my husband to come into the office to straighten things out. My husband and I went in that following business day thinking we were having a meeting with the supervisor and my husband's parole agent. As we walked through the doors, within seconds my husband was handcuffed and put under arrest. We were told it was for a parole violation, but the deceit soon unfolded. That was the last time I saw my husband in the free world.

The days turned into weeks, weeks into months. Soon law enforcement was piling charge after charge on A.J. Lots of various theft charges. At the preliminary hearing many of these charges were dismissed and dropped by the judge. He even commented that "things didn't look right". Then more charges came. It was almost like we were in a foreign country where the police do whatever they want and no one can stop them. The months soon turned into years. By now we had gone through 3 attorneys, several prosecutors and about 6 judges. It was a scene out of "My Cousin Vinny". As our TV crew watched the circus of events in court unfold, all that was missing were the clowns....or where they right before us? Only our judge seemed to have it together, but then again, "your honor" was a woman. Thank gawd for something.

With each passing court appearance, we sat in shock as the prosecutors had delay after delay. A.J.''s first hearing didn't come until one and a half years after his arrest. Unreal. Sitting in the county jail for one and a half years before you have your first day in court? Isn't this America? At that hearing, more charges were dropped. Then more delays and changing of prosecutors.

Then on Feb. 25th 2010, D.A. Ed Wiley out of the Antelope Valley Courthouse decided that he was seeking a life sentence on A.J. for possession of stolen property charges!! Despite the L.A. County policy enacted by Head D.A. Steve Cooley: http://da.co.la.ca.us/3strikes.htm D.A. Ed Wiley felt going "rogue" was the way to send a man to prison for life. Nevermind that this man, Aren Marcus Jackson had, since his release been running the ONLY re-entry program in L.A. County that is 100% run by those newly released ex-cons. Nevermind that my husband's first assigned L.A. County parole agent, testified in his defense at one of his hearings. Nevermind that my husband helped with my juvenile hall programs trying to steer young men away from prison life. Nevermind that in addition to helping me run the non-profit, that my husband had found a new career in the film industry as a stuntman working with "attack" dogs.

On Feb. 25th, D.A. Ed Wiley informed us, that even if A.J. was found innocent in trial, that he would look for other charges to strike him out with. A man with a hard on for my husband and we don't know why.

This case has now gone beyond "innocence or guilt" and is now a matter of complete and direct INJUSTICE!!! Child molesters are being given less time and being freed.

A.J.'s is quickly becoming the poster boy for why the 3 strikes law needs to be re-formed!!!!!

http://da.co.la.ca.us/pdf/3strikescooleysacbee.pdf

In the weeks to come, this blog will be used as a platform to keep the millions of those who are behind A.J., informed of our life of hell with D.A.Ed Wiley. Please stand behind me, my family, our friends and the other thousands of families who are affected by this horrible law that needs to be changed and used as it was originally intended.


Thank you for listening,

Tia Maria Jackson-Torres

53 comments:

  1. I am saddened that you have to go through this Tia. It's just not right. I pray that A.J. will be released soon. I see you doing a good thing with the pit bulls and the parolees and you are truly a blessed person. Hopefully justice will be on your side.

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  2. Today, I saw your program for the first time. Knowing about your husband and all that you stand up made me realize what a strong women you are. It is very heart warmomg to know in this cold world there are persons who care so much for beautiful defendless creatures like pitbulls. I share your passion for dogs and animals, and also trust and love dogs more than people, with people you have to be extra cautious in every sense. I loved your show.... I believe in second chances for people too... Your show was really inspiring and I only wish one day I could do something at least close to what you do.
    I would like to take in all your pitbulls 'cause I know they are all beatiful in their own unique way.
    I'm glad there's a person with your heart in this world. Wish you luck with everything, including your husband's situation.

    Eneida
    Vienna,VA
    eeramirez20@Yahoo.com

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  3. It would be so much more cost effective to put an ankle monitor on this guy and give him house arrest if they real feel that he is a threat. He comes off the ranch, then violate him. It's a win win situation, at least until there can be a real trial. Keeping him in jail for a property crime is not smart!

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  4. Hey aren god bless you and your wife. i read up on you .. your a stand up guy .
    jason

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  5. I hope the judge realizes what an injustice he/she would be doing to the community by locking up a man who is trying to do so much good. I hope after this is all over and done with you can get a nice attorney to file a wrongful imprisonment charge (think of all the dog food that could bring in)!

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  6. Wow, what does our legal system have to say for itself when you have a man sit in jail for a year and a half over bogus parole violation charges and yet Lindsey Lohan is relaxing without a care in the world in a rehab. Did she not violate her parole not once, not twice, not three times, but so many times in fact that she should have seen some real significant jail time but has not. Especially this last violation where she tested dirty for cocaine and amphetamines, not to mention that a week out of her two weeks in jail she clipped a baby stroller with her new european sports car and fled the scene. What is going on? I hate to say it but the legal system is only as good as the people practicing it. Unfortunately Tia you will have to continue to fight. Hard working people like us have to fight. We can't grease palms or able to make or break someones career just by our celebrity. When you are an average Joe you have to work hard for everything and you have to fight equally hard for everything. Hang in there. My prayers are with you and your husband. You will be together soon my hope for you both tells me so.

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  7. Wow, what an incredible story! I'm hoping for the best outcome. Our criminal justice system is a disgrace. I hope AJ gets to come home soon. He's been through enough. Good luck and I'm waiting to hear about his release soon hopefully.

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  8. From Canada
    Oh Boy what a mess, I hope the judge can see through the DA and release your husband.. Continue your good work, you are a inspiration to us all.

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  9. Tia I can totally relate to your story. My fiance was in federal prison for almost 5 years for a "consipricy to distribute" charge followed up by 5 years or probation. His probation was worse that his prison term! They looked for any reason to violate him. Fortunatally his probation is over but he will always be labled as a felon. He was 19 when he was incarcerated and is now 30, yet we cant even find a place to live because of background checks. I dont understand the system. These people do there time but are forever punished. We also are pit bull lovers, we have 2 and they are discriminated against just like there daddy. Anyway Tia I love your show and the work you do for the animals. Your a incredible woman and I hope a miracle happens and brings AJ back to you soon.

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  10. Tia, I can totally understand what your going thru.. I was never in prison but was in county jail and that fuckin sucked.. I hope A.J. can get out soon and I hope someone see's the struggles u and your worker's go thru on a daily bases and get you guys some help, I would help but considering my background is kinda being brought up so i am having problems finding work, but i hope somehow u can get some help..Sincerly Jennifer

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  11. Tia,

    I agree with every statement you have made. Why are they looking for a reason to strike him out? I mean he has helped more people than the DA ever has in his life. I agree with another blogger if they are going to enforce the three strikes law why isn't Lindsay Lohan in jail or Mel Gibson, to be technical they have to treat every citizen the same regardless of popularity and regardless of money and fame. It seems to me that AJ help turn his life around for the better and not mention the numerous parolees and juveniles offenders. I am sorry you are in this situation and if I am ever in California I will stop by and volunteer with anything you need help with. I have a had a rough life and understand what you are going through. Keep you head up just know allot of people support you. Hope things look up!!
    Your Friend,

    Arielle

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  12. I hope everything works out the way it should please keep your head up and know all people are not the same some people care about other people and what happens to them and also care about animals KEEP THE FAITH:)

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  13. I saw the show "Pitbulls and Parolees" for the first time today. It was stunning the miscarriage of justice your family has suffered. Obviously, your husband has changed his life and become not only a reformed-but a concientous and giving member of society. Isn't that what our prison system SHOULD be trying to do? Unfortunately, it is easy to label- "ex-con", "pit-bull"- instead of taking time to get to know the facts. This "Three Strikes" might help keep a murderer, armed robber or rapist off the streets, but applying the law to a man who lives peacefully while running an animal rescue is an abuse of the law's intent. People should be frightened that the people who are supposed to protect us could be so corrupt.

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  14. Tia we are sending our love to you and AJ and your family. You are amazing!! I am sicken by what is happening to the justice system. I pray everyday for you. California Gov needs to step in. Again I am sicken. Take care we support you.

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  15. There are MANY revered attorney's in the US & I thought California had it's fair share. I don't understand why none have stepped up to the plate & volunteered to "right a wrong" especially since this is becoming a well known "injustice" across the US due to the popularity of your show. Well-known lawyers are ALWAYS coming forward to take charge of high profiled cases....why not THIS ONE?!?!
    I think it is complete BS that here in the USA, "land of the free", home to many immigrants who come here for a "better life", we have men & women sitting in jail, innocent until proven guilty, not a murderer, not a rapist or a child molester, something much less threatening for over a year waiting just to have a trial & then when they do & it's not going as well as the prosecuter would like they go back to jail to sit and wait until the prosecuter thinks he's got enough to win. If the prosecuters are trying to put a man back in jail for life, to put another notch on their belt then where is the next level of justice... the JUDGE?
    We need a lawyer with clout to come forward & put these GRANDSTANDING prosecuters in their places & fight for justice because what is happening is a gross miscarriage of justice!!!
    Good Luck,
    Cheryl
    PS: I love your show & what you are doing. A reality show with purpose!!!

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  16. Tia, I hope that AJ will get the justice that he deserves. It boggles my mind to see what is happening to your husband and agree that the three strikes really REALLY needs to be amended and that damn prosecutor needs to be fired. I hope that a judge at some point will see what is going on here and make it right. Keep up the good fight for your family and for the dogs and know that eventually everything will fall I to place.
    Good luck
    Debra J

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  17. That's how our law system is. Crooked and unjust. My husband was released 3 years ago and has been a model citizen since and still can't get a job because they put a felony on him...for a fake drug charge. He had sugar in his pocket not cocaine. The cop that arrested him tasted it on the spot and said so himself. But that doesn't matter because they seem to think they can do whatever they want to ruin lives. Good luck to u tia...I feel ur pain.

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  18. Karyn
    Tia I fee so sorry for you and your family. When I first heard of your show and program I was slightly annoyed. Helping Pit Bulls & Parolees, "who would want to do that!" Now I watch the episodes over and over and you have changed a sheltered ex-Wallstreeters thinking forever.What you, A.J. and your 4 kids do is invaluable. If we had more opportunities like what you offer these men there would be no need for a third stike rule because prison would not be a revolving door. They should have you travel the country and try to assist other programs not trying to destroy yours. I can only hope the economy gets better so that I can become one of your contributors. I wish you the best in your new home. Godbless.

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  19. The last I heard from the show AJ was now serving 15 years, or maybe 8 more. That there was an agreement, with the state and judge.
    This is terrible, This man deserves to go home
    maybe with a ankle bracelet on so he just has to stay home. Jail is not going to change him.
    He been through enough hell. And so has the entire family. I watch the show all the time.
    And saw the reaction to AJ going back to jail.
    I just say To Tia and family please keep faith in God, yes it is hard at time, Your in my prayers. Your doing wonderful job Tia, with the parolie's that work at the rescue. Its wonderful, a dog can change a person's life, and show them love, and a reason to live. And you do to giving these men a chance. Its a wonderful show, and has shown me how different pit bulls are.

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  20. I am going to contact obama,because there is something very wrong in your country !!! To be continued,and hey mr.parole officer:I am going to contact The Whitehouse also about you and your pathetic little life.Ooh...you have no idea who I am and you'll never will,but you will only notice the concequensis of your disgusting actions.Things come back at you as a boomerang when doing bad to others,I am part of that boomerang.There is always a boss above the boss,keep that in mind!!! Check mate !!!

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  21. I just wanted to add that I know how AJ is feeling and that hecwill get his justice and that you are great people. Great people like you needs to be protected!!! I wish you and AJ all the best !!! Be strong !!!There's a saying: Who laughs last, laughs best ;-) A Friend.

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  22. I wonder if they didnt like that these men were getting the help that they needed, and then it became public... Your doing something that they were not smart enouph to do! Also, I wonder if that first lady that he ad to report to could have seen what he was doing, and decided to take action on the first part of it.
    I know all that sounds crazy.... but this whole thing is crazy. I dont see how so many people can hate one man so much that they will lie if they have to and even admitt that they will just find anything they can to put him away....
    People are horrable and mean. Why dont these guys just throw on bed sheets and paint hitler all over themselves. My GOD!!

    I dont know if you will ever read this. But I want you to know how sorry I am. If you cant win against this mess, what about the rest of us who dont have the resourses that you do?? When they are done with AJ.... Someone else is going to be a target.

    I hope that when he gets out... you will be able to sell your land and move someplace else. If they come after him again, you have already seen the injustice where you are at. Shoot, I live in Kansas.... Lots of country here. But... you would find it hard to place pits because of our laws that we are fighting. But I guess my point is, find a place where you can be in the country, away from where you are at.

    I just feel so sad for all this.

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  23. Hello Tia,
    I can relate to the fears of being the spouse of a second striker. My wonderful husband paroles this Sunday and,though I am very excited, I am stil very fearful of the system today and how unforgiving it can be. If there is anything we can do to help you, just write.
    I send you both my prayers and I truly believe that you belong together and that this situation needs to be uprighted for both of your sakes because you deserve to live the life together that you have waited so long and fought so hard for...
    With Love & Prayers,
    Elaina from San Diego***

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  24. Im Behind AJ And Your Family All The Way And Hopes For His Release Soon:)

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  25. i will chant Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo for you that A.J. will be released this is not justice what the D.A. should know is that he needs substantial evidence before to wrongfully arrest a recent parolee like A.J. and convict him to something that is COMPLETE BULLSHIT ! if you ever see the D.A. give him my regards that he can kiss my white ass and let him know that what he is doing IS WRONG !

    my regards,
    Natasha Leone

    P.S. if you ever need some help you can always email me at this email address: Ritsuka.Ayonagi@Gmail.com

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  26. I'm going to pray for your husband. Wow, I'm stunned at what ignorance exists in the legal justice system. It's nonsense. I hope that the popularity of the show will shine a huge light on the shameful behavior of by Head D.A. Steve Cooley. I'm disgusted by his lack of emotional maturity and his short sightedness. He should not be representing Los Angeles. Shame on you Steve Cooley I hope your proud of yourself for putting an innocent man who's proven to be an exceptionally wonderful contribution to society away behind bars where his God given talents are being wasted.

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  27. 'Free Country' my ass! The founding fathers must be rolling over in their graves by now. My best wishes go out to you Tia, hoping this blatant government injustice against your man stops a.s.a.p.

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  28. There are no words other than disgust for your situation. I have absolutely had my fair share of indecent "law men". People think they know a person just because of their wrap sheet, never mind getting to know the person. The constant negative outlook towards parolees and ex-cons is exactly what drives them back into their old ways. I'm not completely sure how the police do things over in California, but over (Charleston, SC) the police think we're back in a wild west scenario and can make shit up as they go. I only hope the best for you and your husband, and as a woman who has definitely been there, just continue to hold him down. Behind every strong man is an even stronger woman.

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  29. I think this case shows why judges need discretion and an automatic life sentence for a third felony is unconscienable. Still, what is the situation now? Has AJ been sentenced to life?

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  30. I pray each and everyday for you and your family. Tia you are one tough women. I am sure you and yours will make it through this injustice. I have known Pit Bulls and they are just big ole babies that think they are lap dogs, I just hate what has happened to you and your daughters and how people have demonized pit bulls. The problem is people not the dogs. I am looking forward to the new season with all you guys in New Orleans. Peace out

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  31. I read the other articles on the Internet about this case. It is more than obvious that you are lying about this case and not only your husbands role in it but yours also. He deserves a third strike and I can totally understand why you are running to new Mexico

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  32. Hello Tia
    I have been following your story for a while now and it really hurts that with all the good your doing you still have to deal with things like this happening to your husband. I myself is going thru something with the courts that everyone says should be against the law but its the law that's doing it. All I can say is for you and AJ to keep faith and let him know he has a big support system that doesn't stop with just family.

    Wishing you the best.
    Unique

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    1. Well, there is a new proposition on the California ballot about the Three Strikes Law. I encourage every one to vote to change this unfair law. I am no stranger to the injustices of the justice system. The Three Strikes law is not about keeping violent criminals off of the street, it's about locking up people for life without just cause.

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  33. I just watched ur show today and said that's what I want. That's what would make me happy. I have grown up with arrests, addictions.... unlucky. I was curious about ur husband because u and ur kids are real. See so many phonies and bullshit. I hope ur husband can get his peace one day because no man really should ever be anothers man judge. but I really have found a focus to commit myself to and I'm jus saying thanks in a way I guess. If I'm able to keep focus and accomplish half of what u have..... keep ur head up. Dmh7@mail.com mass

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  34. Clearly the laws in CA are stupid. If he committed even a few of those crimes on the East coast, he'd be serving that life sentance. He was part of a situation at age 23 while already on parole that involved stolen guns, stolen sports cars and my personal favorite, carjacking a police officer. Shooting at a uniformed police officer and taking his cruiser! CA let that guy back on the streets. I don't know why they'd think he's such a bad guy? Maybe they hate his racist tattoos, or he just doesn't follow rules. There are actual innocent men rotting in jail, look at Ryan Ferguson's case. I love what Tia is doing for pit bulls, I just wish she had a brain in her head.

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  36. i hope ed wiley lost his job for going rogue and trying to pin other charges on ur husband

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  37. I've only stumbled upon your blog today. I am facing issues similar with my husband. He is already a 3 striker, spending 15 years in prison for a crime LA county knew was not his crime to bare. Don't get me wrong. His first two strikes were legitimately earned by him; not his last. If obtained, the court transcripts that have omitted much, still show areas of injustice. The benefit of the 3 strikes law is that it gives the "injustice system" leverage over an ex cons head. My husband was pretty much forced into taking a plea because had he not, he would have spent the remainder of his life in prison! After serving 15 years, he was released and upon changing of parole officers, the new one has pretty much vowed to violate him and see that he is returned to prison My husband now feels as though he is still incarcerated; afraid to leave home. Currently, he has a warrant for absconding as we have been homeless. When asked by his PO for a physical address and a date he was to provide it, he was unable to give one.He has not seen his PO since then in fear of being put back in prison indefinitely. Keep in mind, since his release he lost 2 stable home because law enforcement came and did their "searches" (also tearing up the whole house) when only the area in which he slept was allowed to be searched. Family members were handcuffed and taken outside to stand more than 2 hours in the pajamas, he in his boxers, and young children with neighbors looking on. Each time they came to check his residences; guns were drawn. This last time there were three different agencies that participated including home land security. My husband was convicted on residential burglary charges. This still makes absolutely no sense. His mother, a diabetic, requested medication and for more than 2 hours was refused that right. He was arrested after the circus. Charges: a dirty test. Prior to this his PO was informed of medication (Vicoden) that was prescribed to him. There were any illegal drugs present. The commissioner had not been accurately informed of this. Via the PO, his report stated that my husband failed to report, although he had been in the office 3 times within a 10 day period making contact and was released all three times; once by a supervisor. The PO failed to withdraw the warrant and even without police contact and a legitimate dirty, my husband was given 5 months. Men who had numerous obscoundings, dirties for illegal drugs, as well as having police contact were given time served as well as being COP'd ) continue on parole. It is obvious the "injustice system" is targeting parolees. My husband is currently clean, has not had any police contact in more than a year, and is currently enrolled in a community college attempting to better himself, while also deterring today's youth from the mistakes that he made at their age. Each day he goes outside he fears himself being arrested. There have been many nights he cries in fear of having to go back and losing his family for mere prejudism. Here he is a minority of parolees who are attempting to give back to society and staying out of the life of crime, yet it is these few who are being targeted. Not only does the 3 strike law need to be changed for the purpose it was intended. The parole/probation office needs to be changed so that officers are accountable for false or omitted reports. The judges in each court who has knowing used and handed down verdicts to men/woman who are known to be innocent yet are convicted because as many have been told before "the 3 strikes law was made for criminals like you."

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  38. My heart goes out to you and yoir family and I pray you all win this fight against the system. Along with many others my children and I have been a victim of the system. I didnt have the knowledge or the tools let alone the money to fight back. There wasnt internet nor did I have family support. We are still suffering. I wouldnt wish my situation on my worst enemy n my heart breaks when I hear others going through similiar problems. If there is anything I can do from Indiana let me know. I will study more about your case and follow through with your fight. We all have or should have had more than 1,2,3 chances at something we've done wrong especially when we've learned from our mistakes ans took action to make it right . God Bless you all. No 1 DESERVES TO SPEND LIFE IN PRISON FOR THEFT. USE THOSE LOCKS FOR RAPIST AND CHILD MOLESTORS ..WOW.

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  39. Dearest Tia ,AJ & family my prayers go out to you for justice to prevail in your way. So AJ comes home and can be part of his families life again.
    You have been put through enough bs and this D.A. Ed Wiley should be investigated on the way he's treating you all maybe he should go to jail for false charges and his threats on " Feb. 25th, D.A. Ed Wiley informed us, that even if A.J. was found innocent in trial, that he would look for other charges to strike him out with.". It isn't right what he doing.
    God bless you all i sure wish i could do more for you but writing this is all i have to give. Big Hugs to you all. TCOU

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  40. Dear Tia, I hope this all works out for you, I watch your show often. It's so sad that people think so bad of these dogs. I was attacked by a pit but it wasn,t her fault. She just had babies and I went over and picked one up. I should've given her the space, it was my fault not hers. I wish I could have dogs and animals, but my youngest son is allergic to animals unfortuently. Could we have AJ's address so we also can write to him and keep him busy. I think what yall are doing is the best. Good luck.

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  43. Tia I love your show and what you do but I think you are delusion about your aj. You make it sound like his sentence is just for having stolen property, and that hes this good dude in the wrong place at the wrong time. Id say his LONG criminal record and serious prior convictions make it understandable they threw the book at him...if you do as much time as he did and still come out and f up at ALL its no ones fault but his own why he is back there. The dude is a career criminal and has given people no reason to think hes changed. Do I think they made an example of him...probably, but lets not act like this is such a tragedy of justice. There are completely innocent people actually sitting in jail. You have a biased opinion and are buggin expecting any sympathy from the court with his record. Maybe when he gets out this time he will learn that when u have a reputation you cant give them any reason to f with you...if he doesnt, well he will be back, and will earn the time get gets

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  44. What has and is still happening to AJ is a true horror! They want to hang him for non violent crime he did not commit. In Utah my niece's 4 month old son was brutally murdered by his father. That animal is only being sentenced to 15 years and will probably be out in 7. That's for murdering a baby. There is seriously a problem when a baby killer gets less time than what they are forcing on your husband! You have my prayers. Whether that helps....who knows. But I respect you both and the kids for all that you do!

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  45. It just goes to show how people think. People can and do change my sister was a four time convicted felon with multiple charges. She was a drug addict with two babies who didnt know her 14 years doing heroin stealing lying cheating everyone said she would NEVER change well its been 9 years clean for her she has held 2 jobs in the medical field and her children are straight A students. So we support you and your family Tia they do need to change the law and these DAs with a hard on for any criminal needs a job change. Good luck to you and your family and keep changing lifes one pitbull at s time.

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  46. I am terribly sorry about the unjustice that was given to you and your family I watch your show faithfully and believe in all that you and your family are doing for ex offenders like myself I was incarrceratted for 7 years for dui manslaughter I know how hard it is to adjust find a job and make it out here in a society that never forgives I have been free now since 2010 and have since tried my best to better my life it is extremely hard being a convicted felon to survive I will never have a drivers license or be able to drive I watch your show and cry at almost every episode I love and an admire your strentgh and wanted to say thank you for giving people like me a second chance I am such a animal lover and wish I could adopt and care for every hurt starving and abused animal out there but unfurtunatly I can barly take care of myself I also have a brother who was sentenced to 90 years in prison for the perscibtion pill oxycotin so I know how unfair the justice system is I pray for him daily that God will make away for him to come home I know that I can not give up hope for I am all that hes got and I miss him terribly I live in florida and my dream is to one day visit you and maybe even work for you I havent seen any female parollees yet but ya never know theres always a first and us women need second chances too thanks again for keeping me uplifted and giving me hope

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  47. Oh, for gawdsakes...it never ends. I spent the first 10 years of my nursing career as the Director of Nursing (medical, psych & dental care) for a large jail and a Charge Nurse at a Super Max prison in my state and I can't tell you how many "freed" inmates who've done their time & follow their conditions of parole get ball-butchered by a corrupt system of political zealots trying to make a name for themselves. Sickening doesn't even come close to describing half the suits working in the system. I'm sorry you guys are having to go through this garbage. I've really admired what you and your family have created and your work within the Juvenile Justice as well. We share a history mentoring kids to try and keep them from ending up "behind the wall". At any rate, I know you'll keep up the awesome work; giving second chances is most definitely your calling, and keep the faith re: justice for A.J. If there's any way those of us from other states can help you with letter writing, petitions, lobbying, etc., please post and let us know. Sincere well wishes to you, Aren, the kids, the parolees, volunteers, the Rescue itself and all the fur friends you all care for. You're transforming lives, Ms. Tia. There's no greater calling than that.
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  48. Soy de Panama, me fascina tu programa, me siento identificada con la labor que realizan. Una de las cosas que he aprendido viendo su programa es que no hay que juzgar al libro por su cubierta. Muchas personas al verlos tatuados etc, se hacen una imagen negativa de ustedes sin embargo son personas con una sensibilidad con los animales, que me enternecen. Gracias por lo que hacen. Ojala hubiera un millón de Tia Torres y de gente como ustedes cambiarían al mundo . BESOS

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  49. I am so sorry to hear all of this, my heart breaks to know how awful and corrupt the justice system is and how many families it destroys. I pray for your happiness and to be strong. You are an amazing woman, the entire country knows that.

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  50. Is there any news on AJ's situation?

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  51. Looks like a total set up by the good ol USSA and the freaks in Cali. I am only recently becoming aware of your story Tia, but I am vaguely aware of some fires that burned your property as well. Oh how fishy...NOT. The NWO WILL NOT allow regular people to be rehabilitated and to rise up, can't allow that, no never. Don't want the masses to RISE UP. Stay strong Tia. And stay FAR, FAR away from the freaks in Cali. It's exactly why I left there twenty years ago and never looked back.

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  52. Why do they not take AJ and transfer him to Mississippi where Tia is. and let him on work release, let him go to work , drop him off and pick him up at night, Let this man see his wife, and eat, dinner, lunch, and breakfast with her spend time with his family. Or put a ankle bracelet on him and let him out. Like house bound kind a thing. He is no murderer, He got set up for sure. Give this man a break, and let him out of jail.

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