When a 16-Year-Old Is Locked Up in a Supermax Prison | Stickup Kid | FRONTLINE


Here’s a glimpse into my past To help you better understand It was mistakes that brought me
to this place Where they degrade men, And hands I would trade Because it made me a slave, Bondage and a cage, Frustration, I’m enraged, This was my last resort, I ain’t no stickup kid, On my last Newport,
no place to live, Here’s a glimpse into my past
to help you better understand, Everything that I am not
makes me who I am. I was 16. I had just turned 16. They had cages like they would
have at the zoo, but they were sectioned off,
right. And there were guys filled
with them at capacity. I just was like, you know,
I am not one of them. I do not belong here. I do not want to be here. I want to go home. (faint voices in background) I have 13 years. I don’t know if I could do it. I don’t know if I could wake up
every day, look at the same wall every day. Like, about six months in,
I gave up. I’m not scared to admit. I can’t handle prison. I’m not that strong. I wasn’t like a hellion
or nothing like that, or like just the worst kid. But I got in trouble
a little bit. My mom was mad at me. So I run away. I met somebody
and I went to his apartment. He talked to me,
asked me questions, like did I want to stay there
for a little while. I could stay there
for a couple of days. They cooked me food,
they fed me. I thought, “You know what? I’m just gonna try to go home.” And he said,
“You’re going home?” So he left and went in the room. When he came back out,
he came back out with a gun. And he said, “You think you’re
gonna eat my food for free? “You think you’re gonna live in
my house and just walk out? “And things come free like that? No, nothing’s free.” And he said, “No, you’re gonna
have to rob this store.” The way he made it sound was
like this: “If you do it for me, and if you
do it successfully, “I’ll probably even give you
some of the money. But you’re gonna do this
for me.” It was in a Fastrip gas station. I remember seeing gangster
movies, “Menace II Society,” “Boyz n the Hood,”
where they had guns. And in all those movies,
when they pulled their gun out, they held it like this. So that’s what I did. I put the gun to the guy’s
chest, and I said “Empty up.” – I hit my hand down like that. The gun went off–
smoke, commotion. No customers in the store. – When the gun went off,
it snapped me to attention. I was, like,
“Vacate the premises.” So I tried to run. Store clerks hopped on top of me
and started beating me. I said, “God, if you get me out
of this, I swear I’ll be good. “I swear. “You have my word. “Get me out of this
and I’ll be a good boy. “I promise. Amen.” – And then we held him at
gunpoint until the cops came. You have a lot of adrenaline
running through your head at the time, so you’re not
really thinking till after, and then it all started
sinking in that this is really, um, a kid. – Alarming news reports describing teens as time bombs
and superpredators. – Youth is no excuse for
committing murder, robbery, rape, home invasions or for terrorizing
entire neighborhoods. – Proponents argue stern
measures are necessary to combat rising youth crimes. – Many of the worst
superpredators were juveniles and they were being referred
to a system that was created to handle bad boys. We were walking around
basically unarmed in terms of our penal statutes
when it came to juveniles. And that is why Proposition 21
came about. – In California, a zero
tolerance youth crime initiative is on the March 7 ballot. – Opponents say the measure
would sweep more youth into the criminal justice system
in a state that already locks up more kids per capita
than any other. – These crimes are dangerous. What people have to remember is
that a lot of people out there who are trying to make a living have a right not to be terrified and their right, frankly, trumps
an ex post facto sob story. – Alonza Thomas was the first
minor tried as an adult under Prop. 21 in Kern County. – Was Alonza a juvenile
superpredator? – Absolutely not. Absolutely not. It surprised me why
the prosecutor would file in adult court because
the robbery was botched and it was botched because
he was a 15-year-old youngster. Many minors are impacted
by adults. They’re impacted and influenced
to do things they wouldn’t ordinarily do, and that needs to be taken
into consideration. When you’re 14, 15 years old, even if you commit a serious
or violent felony, the potential is great
for rehabilitation. I don’t think that in most cases
it’s appropriate to process a 14-year-old or 15-year-old
through the adult system unless it’s merited. Sometimes it is,
most of the time it’s not. – He did the crime, and he had
to be held accountable. But to be tried as an adult? You have this young man
that you… that didn’t have one blemish
on his record sent away as an adult,
tried as an adult. Why? – If I would have been
more brave or a little bit more determined
to not go into that store, maybe I could have did something
different, you know? But I was just so scared, I
thought I had no other choice. – It would be
inconceivable for us and for most prosecutors
in California not to direct file
in superior court robbery with the use
of a firearm. That particular crime is
the most dangerous crime that there is,
absent a homicide itself. We either treat people
who commit that kind of crime very seriously in order to
protect people like his victims or we don’t. There’s no middle ground. – They dropped two counts
of armed robbery and they charged me with
one count of armed robbery, second degree robbery. So altogether,
they gave me 13 years. – I remember looking at him,
and he looked so innocent. And I hugged him and I kissed
him, and I said, “I love you.” And they walked him out. – Every time you go somewhere
out of your cell, you go to a cage. Sometimes the cages are half
the size of a phone booth. So, you can’t move
your elbows even up. And then when you leave
that cage, they cuff you up and lead you back
to another cage. You’re just always
from cage to cage. There’s a big wall on 4b. When I got there and I saw that
wall, it was like, just me against this wall,
you know? I don’t know if I could do it. The whole building was yelling,
kicking on the door. “Man down, he’s hanging! He’s hanging, man down,
he’s hanging, we have a hanger!” So some time went by. They brought him out. Everyone already knows
he’s dead. And he never came back. That’s the last time I saw him. I thought, “That’s gonna be me
in a couple of years. “I’m gonna lose my mind. “I’m not gonna be able
to take it. “I’m not gonna
be able to take it and I’m gonna have
to check out.” – “I am writing concerned
about my future here in CDCR “and my life in general. “I’m not trying to be funny,
but I feel I’m Humpty Dumpty. “I guess you could say I had
a big fall. “I committed a robbery that got
me locked up, “and I honestly feel all the
psychologists, psychiatrists, “counselors, officers
can’t help me. “They can’t put me
back together again. I need you, badly.” And it’s signed, “Sincerely,
a young man crying out for help. Alonza Thomas.” The idea of a 16-year-old going
to a California men’s prison is beyond my comprehension. It is an extremely dangerous,
complicated place. It is a place where you have
very few systems of support, very few systems of protection. So here’s a young man
who was put into this terrible environment with a long sentence
in front of him and very little ability to cope. One way that the system
encourages people like Alonza who are vulnerable,
who are young, to cope, is to go into segregation. They literally encourage you
to go into solitary confinement for protection. And once you’re in segregation, things just spiral
out of control. – I overdosed. Swallowed, like, 300 pills,
250 pills. I would cut myself. Sometimes I would be curled up
in the corner for weeks not eating,
just crying, shaking and stuff. I would just lose it, you know. I would just lose it. I would just sit down
and talk to people like they were sitting
right there with me. I would have full conversations. I would answer their questions
and I’d answer my questions. But I would have full
conversations, you know. It might sound crazy,
but whatever works. Being in a room for 23 hours
a day is crazy. – How was it seeing him? It was awful. Shackles on his hands and feet. He was in isolation for so long,
he didn’t have a color. He was gray. What did I do? I smiled. “I’m glad I was able to make it
this weekend. How are you doing?” He smiled as well. And we talked. And we ignored the obvious. – What happens is when you send
them to state prison at that young age, they come out of prison an
entirely different person. – 33, close your door. 44, close your door. – We should think about what we
are doing to our young people, even if they have committed
a violent or serious felony at the age of 14, 15, what we’re doing to them by
sending them to an adult prison like this county did
to Alonza Thomas. – He was punished, he was taken
off the streets at… during the time period when he was most likely
to commit another crime. You can’t afford to spend
an inordinate amount of time feeling sorry for people, no matter how young, who are
willing to commit crimes. – Before I got out,
I was in a cage and I was talking to a doctor
and I was in a little cage, probably about the size of this
chair, and the doctor said, “Well, what are you worried
about? You should be happy,
you’re going home.” And I said, “This right here,
this cage, “me sitting in this cage,
it feels safe to me. “This feels safe, this feels
comfortable, this feels normal. “But when I’m out there and I
can’t touch these walls, “I can’t pace back and forth and
be in my own little world… Really what it means to me is,
I’m institutionalized.” (quiet conversation
in background) What house is it? – This is not our house. – It’s that one, over there. – After 13 years, it was over,
you know? – Everybody’s there. – After 13 years, it was over. – Good to see you, man. – I missed you. – Yeah, man. – I missed you. I hated when
they separated us, man. – Yeah. – You all right? – Yeah, I’m all right. – We just crossed over it. Like our old house, 316, is just
right down, right… – Just right down the street. – What y’all got to eat
over here, man? (everyone talking, laughing) – Okay, this is one of
the things Alonza asked for when he come home. – For 13 years, they waited. – He wanted some shrimp, so I’m
gonna cook him some shrimp. If it doesn’t sizzle when you
drop it in, you’re doing it wrong. – Inside, I’m still that same
15-year-old. Blow it. Please. They didn’t care what prison
did to me. I’m still the same person. – Come on, we’ll eat this meal
together. This is Jubee’s first…
come on, get one, Phillip. – It was the greatest moment, the greatest feeling of my life
to see him again. You’ve been really waiting
for this moment, like, forever. I honestly don’t remember
the first time I heard that he was going to be gone
for that long. I was really young. I was probably, like, ten,
11 years old. It was just different
not having him around, not being able to talk
about football and just do that type of stuff. (cheering) I ended up playing football
at Bakersfield High and, you know, it would have been cool for him
to see me play there or play in college. – And it’s in and out of the
hands of the intended receiver! – Phillip was very successful. He broke records. Unanimous All-American. First one in the history
of Fresno State to receive that award. Can you imagine the joy
Alonza must have felt, saying, “That’s my brother.” – I had stacks. Stacks of articles,
of highlights, of interviews. Pictures, everything. If I would have stacked it up
page by page, it probably would have went up
in the air about five or six feet. I knew he would make it
to the NFL, and there was no doubt
in my mind. There was none. – My name is Rich Eisen. Pleased that you are with us
for rounds four through seven for a draft that may have
its best value go today. – I was projected to go
at a certain spot. I was projected to be, like,
a second round pick or whatever. – By the third round, you know,
we were all feeling like, uh, I don’t know. And we didn’t know, you know,
how to really feel. And my stepdad Dimos, he was like, you know,
“Let me watch a little more. You know, get it out
of my system.” “Okay.” Like, not even ten seconds
after he said that, he starts screaming. “Whoo, whoo!” – Phillip Thomas, a safety
out of Fresno State gets the latest Redskins… I started screaming, I said,
“Whoo!” and I took off running. – And that is a great pick,
I believe, for the Redskins. – That was a great day. – The nurse came by
and I’m, like, um, “Nurse, can you do me a favor? “I have a little brother, he
entered the draft this year, “and I want to know where he
went in the draft or did he get drafted?” She goes, “What’s his name?” So I told her his name and she
left and about 20 minutes later she came back and she goes,
“Washington Redskins.” And I said, “Washington
Redskins,” all right. I could dig it. That could be my team now,
you know. – He hasn’t seen me play
a game ever, you know? And I think he said he looked up
my highlights before, but it’s not the same. I just really can’t wait for him
to be able to come and finally see
what his little bro can do. – Your number should be
at the top. – Yeah, it’s right there. – See, your number’s at the top. That’s where mine is. You calling yourself? – I’m calling her. It’s an adjustment. It’s a learning experience,
you know? I have to deprogram myself. Hello. – Hi, I’m Valerie Rangel. – I’m Alonza Thomas, Jr. – Alonzo? – Alonza.
– Alonza Thomas Jr. And do you have your application
with you? – I have to adjust to being
free, you know. – So are you working at all? – No, I’m not working. – You were just recently
released, is that correct? – Yes, I did 13 years. I got released
two-and-a-half weeks ago. I don’t know what it feels like
to have a job. Never had a job before. I never been to the prom,
or on a date. Never been on a date,
never driven a car. I’m learning things at 28 I
should have learned at 15. So what do I do? – Put your foot on the brake.
– Foot’s on the brake. – Start the car. Keep your foot on the brake.
– Foot’s on the brake. – Put it in reverse. Do not take your foot…
now, you ease your foot off. Make sure no cars
are around you. – Where’s, uh,
where’s it say it at? – Right here.
– Okay, I see. Every little accomplishment that
I make, I’m one step closer to getting my life back,
you know. Learning how to drive
is one step closer to regaining my childhood
that I lost or regaining my manhood
that I never had. – Does he deserve
a second chance now? – He did his time. He deserves to be treated
like any other citizen. He deserves to be treated fairly
and be given a fair chance. – When you first decided
to create your own histogram, what did you all have in common? – Years of prison. – Years in prison. Something we all have in common. Show the histogram? – He doesn’t deserve any breaks that a similarly situated
citizen who hadn’t committed an armed
robbery wouldn’t get. – That’s very good, very good. Good comparison. – I think he was harmed. I think he suffered
permanent harm as a result of his experience in the California Department
of Corrections. In other words,
he is worse off now than he would have been
if he hadn’t gone to prison. – What medications do you have
now that you’re out? – Well, they just changed them
today. I’m on Remeron, 15 milligrams,
once a day at nighttime. I’m on BuSpars, twice a day, once in the morning,
once at night. And I’m on Risperidone. I’m on four milligrams
every night. – What are those drugs for? – Some are anti-psychotic,
some are anti-depressant, and one’s for anxiety. – Are you taking them? – Sure. (clicking) Then I said,
“Good evening, baby bro. I love you more than
anything in the world.” Then he said, “I love you too.” – He seems a little different. He’s different,
he’s definitely different. It’s definitely noticeable. He’s been incarcerated for just as long as he’s been
out of prison. – Two days later I said, “Good
morning, baby bro, I love you.” My biggest fear is becoming
a burden to somebody, and, um, I don’t want to be
a burden to anybody due to my crime, due to
something that I did, you know? – He’s made it over
one of the scary periods. He didn’t commit any crimes,
he was not sent back to jail, he wasn’t sent back to prison. We all need some kind of
structures to help us through and he has a family that’s
still standing behind him. – You like it, Lilla? – Mm-hmm. – I see my brother or my niece
and, you know, I just stare at her,
I just stare at her, you know. I’m learning these things
over again. I’m barely meeting these people
for the first time. Just getting to know them is
a blessing, you know? – Delicious. – Here you go. – But it’s like everything I do, it automatically takes me
back to prison. I sit there and I see Mom
cutting the meatloaf with a knife and I’m thinking, “She’s going
to get a write-up. She’s not supposed
to have that knife.” And it’s like, “Okay, I’m free
again,” you know. “I’m free, she’s just cutting
the meatloaf with a knife and it’s okay.” I talked to my doctor today. She said, “Oh, you’re still
in the honeymoon stage.” I said, “The honeymoon stage?” I thought about it. I thought that that sounds about
right, the honeymoon stage. It’s gonna be honeymoon stage
for a long time, you know. – What’s after
the honeymoon stage? – The rest of my life. I don’t sleep often, but
sometimes when I sleep I just, I don’t know, I wake up
and I get up and I don’t realize
where I’m at. – Does it feel good? – Does it feel good? – To realize you’re not
in prison anymore? – No. – I would think that
would feel good. – Yeah. – To remember that you’re free. – Yeah, it doesn’t feel good. “I’ve made a lot of decisions “that has shaped the man
I am today. “Some I’m not proud of, “but through all the bullshit,
I am proud of me. “I’ve learned and shown growth
after every fall. “And I’ll continue
to keep rising. “It all gets better in time. “Every time you think you can’t
make it another day, something or someone
picks you up.” I don’t know if anyone will ever
read this stuff and really, actually, genuinely
feel hope. I’m just trying while I’m here. – Why is it important to give
other people hope? – I told you,
because I don’t have any. Teardrops cease,
I’m all cried out, I’ve been through so much,
at times I wanna shout, I can’t let ’em win,
Alonza keep faith, Hop in, sink or swim,
but the sharks give chase, I’ve been to this point
so many times, When I get past it just rewinds, I walked in that court
prepared to die, So when he said 13,
I didn’t cry, I didn’t die or bat my eyes, I raised my cuffs
and I waved goodbye, Goodbye to that young man
who never got to live, Goodbye to that old soul
who never was a kid, I’m trapped in a cage,
all my rage has been bottled, All my winters come in May
and brighter days never follow, I overstand injustice
so there’ll never be peace, It pains me to witness,
that’s why my eyes weep, But if any man or God could see
the misery within, Then maybe that pain’ll
blow away with the wind.

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  • May sound harsh. If you can't do the time then don't do the crime

  • Don't want to go back do ya? Don't fuck up.

  • I’m from kern County

  • waaa-waaa-waaa , I am crying crocodile tears for these criminals

  • God bless you young man and keep your head up!

  • What a lovely young man…boy WHITE America is so so sick..

  • Placing juveniles with juveniles and adults with adults has nothing to do with “feeling sorry for someone and their FOB story”.
    That is upsetting to hear.
    He is worse than a politician the way he skates around the true issue.

  • He should really be trying the medication.
    It helps a lot of individuals, and it seemed like he wasn’t taking them as he should.

  • Had I not received a break at 15 years old, I would not have went on to serve my country for 20 plus years. Just a thought.

  • 2019 & im just finding out about this. Being raised in the system is no joke mentally & physically. It's most def inhumane. The hardest part is the transition back into the free world. The jails have no transitional housing programs for a reason so the offender repeats & goes back in.

  • Why is it that black women are called the back bone of the community .the high crimes area are where single moms live.

  • Some of these kids have a chance

  • a bullet from a minor is no different from a bullet from an adult, they can kill. i agree that they be separated from adults though. if you treat them like prison is like a field trip. what would those victims think?

  • I believe if you do the crime you have to do the time but not a adult prison for a kid. 13yrs was a bit much when nobody died maybe 6 or 7 yrs max in juvenile I could see and off for good behavior. Unfortunately I think it made him mess up in the head and he needs to be deprogrammed from prison life and get off the meds

  • His mom tho !
    Women are the strongest force on this planet

  • The Prison System in Amerikkka is a Slave System

  • DA is a real demon

  • 13 years seems extreme for a first offender

  • This is heartbreaking
    He should have gone to juvie till he was at least 18 and depending on his attitude go from there as far as more incarnation or letting him go. He made a very bad choice. He didnt have to take that gun and enter that store. Why dod he not go home. Maybe his mom couldn't control him. Maybe he would have pulled that trigger or continued in crime if he had not been incarcerated. Now it will be a hard thing to overcome whereas before he spent all.yhat yome in prison he may have been able to be rehabilitated. Sad situation

  • Why he just didn't go in the gas station and tell the clerk his situation?

  • If your looking for sympathy you can find it in the dictionary between shit and syphilis

  • I was influenced just like him but the older kids in my hood were more active and I saw them get shot, shoot, and get locked up, so I turned on my playstation and did the game freak thing instead. And to think if I was apart of the older generation I would of suffer the same fate.

  • damn that's tuff…I myself also here in 2019 am just hearing of this young brothas story….I hope 5 yrs later he is doing even better than that 4 month stage! peace to that young man

  • California Dept of Corrections put me in Pelican Bay SHU at 17 years old ..did 12 years … This is all facts

  • This black dude is clearly mentally unstable

  • NO SYMPATHY FOR THIS PERSON. HE PUT A GUN TO THE CLERK WITH INTENT. NO THOUGHT OF HIS ACTIONS, FIREARM WAS DISCHARGED TOWARDS CLERK. THIS IS THE TYPES OF IDIOTS THAT THESE POLITICIANS NEED TO COME DOWN ON HARD, NOT BULLSHIT GUNLAWS OR CONFISCATION OF FIREARMS FROM LAW ABIDING CITIZENS THAT USE THERE FIREARM FOR PROTECTION AGAINST THESE TYPES OF IDIOTS. HE GOT EXACTLY WHAT HE DESERVED. BOO FUKNG HOO, THIS IS THE GARBAGE YOU LOCK UP AND MAKE SEVERE PENALTIES FOR, FOR CRIMINALS WITH FIREARMS. NOT THE CITIZENS.

  • What about doing something about all the killings by police? Put some of them in prison for killing unarmed people. They can out and out murder someone and say they feared for their life and get off with a nice PAID vacation. Or claim PTSD and get a paid vacation for the rest of their life.

  • This is stupid. A criminals dumb rhyme sets the mood.

  • California strikes again first it was the 3strikes law now this …good luck young man

  • Stay strong brother….

  • Seems like he has mental issues while he was doing the rap. I know those guys miss used his booty

  • Fuck that red dot on the forehead mf holding down on our black kids and beating him up shame on you and your family the boy was scared

  • Wow this is very sad…

  • Stop stealing freedom. 🇺🇸 land of the free?

  • Them crack babies are real..

  • 13:43 is WASP/Wyte supremacist propaganda. Caucasians beat prison sentences for horrific crimes daily in the united states. And Caucasian men like the one at 13:43 does not bat an eye.

  • 20:56–21:03 that is the Systems Code word for we got you , you are a convicted felon now. And you have to be submissive to our systems and demands. You can't be treated different and you will not be given a fair chance. He needs to say that out right. Those who know, knows what that code means. Those who don't know, look at his facial expression. That is telling it all.

  • Stop crying and don't break the law .sob story.

  • when they send kids to supermaxes, do they at least keep them away from the adults? ugh this makes me so so sick and sad. I can only imagine what memories that man is trying to suppress with all those pills. I wish i could hug him x 100

  • How can a judge or jury know for certain if the guy was coerced? So now we take the word of convicted felons and their co-conspirators over actual physical evidence? So, from now on as long as you're under 18 and you claim you were coerced into crime you don't get punished? No. Just No. So if I get the video's message they are saying that if you were afraid when you commit the crime you're somehow less culpable? Give me a break. Any normal human doesn't rob people at gunpoint. Criminals do that shit. Prison is where they belong. Is this guy a product of his environment? Yup, and those products go to prison or the morgue.

  • This comments section is filled with people who agree with criminals. Fuck cops, robbing, stealing, hurting people, it's all someone else's fault. Perpetrators are the real victims. What a fucking joke.

  • Sadly all these videos. Will NEVER change nothing … Cops will watch this and feel no remorse. They don’t care about us they never will

  • The real crime is that his mother named him "Alonza"

  • Awww, he's not enjoying his vacation in prison.

  • no way a white 16 year old would go to jail over armed robbery. the judge will be like "we dont wana give him prison cuz it would effect his chance at getting into a good college"

  • He sounds SUPER gay – he is obviously homosexual. I bet he got tuned out in prison

  • 🙏🏽Praying for you Alonzo🙏🏽

  • Only in Our World. Blacks have more stress and mental issues than any other race. Hope he’s adjusted well and is doing fine 🙏🏾

  • Damn They turned the kid out

  • They may need to reevaluate his medications because being out and beside his family the meds may no longer be needed. I would be proud to call him my little brother,

  • Being a former inmate and 2x felon, I believe that if you are old enough to know how to tie your shoes, you are old enough to go to an adult penitentiary.

    An ignoramus will never innerstand "responsibility" until he or she accepts "accountability".
    -Micahisgod

  • Got what he deserved!
    The rest of them too!

  • Hope he makes it and recovers and makes something of himself!

  • Did they even consider the threat of the adult male who forced him to commit the robbery?

    This young boy should be punished for the incident, but the circumstances around his crime should've been brought into question.

  • What kinda idiot robs an Arab?

  • Thank you Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton! Democrats want to control black people thru the pocket book and incarceration. Don't continue to be a slave.

  • That was a cool little rap poem , now rott in jail

  • Dont u just love this shit ? He is a young little boy and he didnt know what he was doing Hahahaha first of all as soon as u grab a loaded gun u are a fucking killer especially when u pull the trigger

  • Criminals know exactly what to say and what people want to hear . This guy is just another animal

  • And on top of all just commented god is non existing

  • Wow! Prison Damaged him. I wonder if he was like that before prison. I can't imagine what he went thru in prison at 15 yoa. He definitely has Mental issues. It's like he is frozen mentally at 15. This is Sad.

  • If you cant do the time, dont do the crime. I do feel for the guy ,but when the gun went off he could of killed someone

  • americans are such whinies , ur supermax looks like a hotel , you get chicken once a week , you guys are slow like you have dawn syndrome, go to Thailand or to East Europe or South America's prisons to see what true hell is, Im fed up your american bullshit, you guys are soft, talking too much, you guys are bitchs , any wrestler or kick-boxer from a sports school in Russia or ex communist country is capable to destroy your gangs with bare hands

  • ''Superpreditors''… thanks Hillary… pos.
    They're poor, oppressed kids … and it's the fault of the linear line establishment criminals holding office and their corporate paychecks.

  • everyone defending his actions and blaming the system is down right wrong. 13 years is nothing, if this young man killed the clerk, the clerk’s family would have suffered much more that alonz’s 13 year sentence (where he will learn, rehabilitate and get what he deserves)
    i respect his moms love for her son but… as a parent and if he was my son i wouldn’t defend him… i would show him love and support like she did…

  • This is what happens to so many people who are locked up at a young age but if u do the crime u should pay

  • He'll be back in…these guys can't help themselves.

  • Yeah he definitely got his cheeks busted in the joint

  • Bro I swear to God I just got out of jail on bond like 2 weeks ago. I only did a 2 weeks in jail it wasn’t a struggle but I feel the same way Alonzo do (25:00)
    (Reporter : Does it feel gone to be out of Prison?)
    (Alonzo : No)
    When I got out on bond I realize how much better it was for me being locked up stress free from the world but I go back to court to get sentenced October 7th next Monday & I can honestly say I hope they send me off to prison💯💯💯.

  • Sad to see shit like this.Hope he makes it through.The white man is lost Id like him to see how things are behind bars or to see what its like to have his own child in that situation

  • Well…..that was sad af! Hope Alonza is good! Prayers up!!

  • I get it tho it's a scared tactic bt ppl do dum shit still in this case juvenile life would of straighten him up

  • Stay Strong Bro✊

  • It was screwed-up that the clerk attacked the kid and held him at gun point when he was trying to escape.

  • I dropped a tear as he was reading his poetry.. I pray to the most high that this man as well as all our young brothas first USE their heads. Secondly i pray LAWS will change for those who are looking at time that SUPERMAX facilities is not an option and to not rob these young kids of their childhood. AMEN

  • Beautiful family. Terrible story. Another young black male who paid a price too high and it's unacceptable.
    I hope he lives out healthy, happy life he deserves. The government owes him….

  • Keep it movin brother. You got this. I believe in you. You have a great mother and a beautiful family. All the harm will wear off. You got this. You got this. You got this.

  • Damn bro did one thing of rebellion that I know at least everyone has thought to do once and changed his life forever

  • I get what he did wasn’t right but my brother looking on the brink of killing himself over something that happened 13years ago may god bless you, I’m not saying he should get sympathy for his crime, I’m saying he shouldn’t have been sent super maximum prison and locked in a cell 23hrs a day for not killing nobody

  • I did time too its hard but we learn

  • Not to be mean but why didn't he accept what he did and forgive himself.. workout, read books, educate yourself, try to get a job in jail…. You can't separate yourself from the world

  • damn his younger brother be fine………….muahhh umph

  • Don’t dude sound a lil slow 🤦🏽‍♂️ pretty wild

  • I REALLY HOPE and PRAY someone who direct contact with Alonzo takes him to Church. A REAL Spirit filled Church so he can exsperience the Prince of Peace Christ Jesus. Jesus can heak ALL wounds. Like NOTHING ever happened. And give him HOPE..

  • I did 13, and time will go. I promise you, get on a good routine and time will fly! IM#67077

  • “They come out of prison a very different person.” Isn’t that the point?

  • That smug man, sitting in a room full of books. The irony.

  • If you can not do the time, don't do the crime.

  • While I feel sorry for the guy, one fact remains very clear…
    You cannot point a gun at anyone and threaten that person's life for a few bucks.
    (Let's not lose sight of that fact. Anyone disagreeing with me is free to stroll around a bad neighborhood with a wallet in his hand)

  • Thank you JOE BIDEN for the laws you wrote, sponsored and got passed that made this possible. Hope you & your son Hunter rot in prison, you vile corrupt scum.

  • Prison turned him gay defo got his wig split 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • "Why is it important to give other people hope?"
    "I told you, because i don't have any" Damn bro hope you doing good

  • did someone take those cheeks?

  • He's angel. Thanks god he's out.

  • America the hell factory of the universe

  • Yes he does deserves the same as any other person he did his time if was ur family would you feel the same I wonder only GOD CAN JUDGE

  • I honestly don't feel sorry for armed robbers or criminals in general however criminals shouldn't be treated differently police criminals white criminals shouldn't be favoured punish police black and white criminals severely I am ok with that but no favours I hate criminals of every colour

  • I expected not to feel any sympathy for a "stickup kid" when I clicked on this video. I assumed I was going to see someone who committed a crime and therefore was punished,and rightfully so. However in this case it seems obvious that this fellow Alonza should have been dealt with less severely as he no prior record, was only fifteen and was pressured by an adult. After hearing him describe what he did and then what he went through afterwards it's somewhat surprising that he actually went through with the attempted robbery in the first place. I truly doubt he'll ever return to prison and I hope that he puts all of it behind him and has a good life.

  • I would’ve gave him 15 months in a detention center since he had no record and no one was killed just to teach him a lesson

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