Arkansans Organizing 4 Justice

My name is James Guss (#97327).  I am a 41 year old first time offender serving a life without parole sentence.  I was 19 years old when I entered the A.D.C. for murder.  While I was not the actual murderer, I was using drugs and alcohol, and was about 15 years younger than the actual murderer, and I received a harsher sentence than he.

Since incarceration, I have matured, stopped using drugs and alcohol, learned to abide by the rules and have obtained bachelor’s degree in Divinity, a master’s degree in Nouthetic Counseling, and at this time am working on a doctorate.  In sum, I have tried to use my time correctly to better myself, and help others through what I have learned educationally and through my mistakes in hope that my new life can have a positive impact in the world.

It is my hope and prayer to one day obtain freedom to use my degrees and life experiences to help a larger portion of people.  If given that opportunity, I will be a member of society that gives back, helping others, and makes a positive impact displaying that people can change thereby giving those who are on the wrong road a hope and knowledge of how to change and not go down the road I did.