Name: Elisa Castillo 67003-179
Marital status: Widow
State Raised: came to united states at age 13, been living in dallas since
State Charged: Texas
Will realese to: Dallas, Texas
Charge: Mixture/substance containing cocaine /conspiracy to commit money laundering
Sentence: Life Without Parole
Served to date: 9 years
Started sentence: 3-20-2008
Priors: First Offender
Prison Conduct: Excellent
Clemency Status: CP14 filed petition
Supporters: CAN-DO Foundation, Crack Open the Door, The LOHM Families for Justice as Healing, all my family, my church community, many in the institutiom
Institution: Elisa Castillo #67003-179 FMC Carswell
P.O. BOX 27137
FT. WORTH TEXAS 76127
Accomplishments: Over 700 hours of programming, classes, courses, and achievements.
Elisa is #6 on CAN-DO Top 25 Women and was included in an Op Ed written by Yale Law Students that was published in Mic on Dec 30, 2016
According to Elisa:
I was born in Mexico (1955). I am 61 years old and a mother of (4) and a grandmother of (12) and I miss them very much. I also have 8 siblings.
I am a non-violent person under low level category without significant ties to any large scale Criminal Organization. I have no Criminal history and have demonstrated good conduct since I have been incarcerated. I have no histoy of violence prior to or during my imprisonment. I am not a threat to society if I am granted clemency. My community and family stand ready to assist me with any re-entry needs that I will have.
I am currently serving a life sentence at the FMC Carswell for Conspiracy and Money Laundering. My guilt was associated with my partner Martin Ovalle. My minor role play in this case was the love I had for him. I want everyone to know how sorry I am for being involved with a man who had illegal activities going on at the time. I spend a lot of time with my children and I turned a blind eye to a lot of things that were going on around me.
We used to travel a lot transporting workers from the American Consulate of Monterrey, N.L, Mexico to North East Coast of the United States. I thought we had a strong love relationship that my partner would never let any harm come near to our family. But I was wrong and have learned from my mistakes.
Going through all this turmoil has brought me closer to God and I am very thankful for that. I walked into prison when I was 54 years of age. I turned 61 on 7/13/ 2015. God has been my strenght in all I have been through and always been the help to be able to get me back up. Throughout these 9 years I have endured many tragedies, the lost of my niece, nephew,uncle and the hardest part of my life was that lost of my beloved mother. She passed at the age of 91 years. I wish that I would have been able to kiss her, to hug her and tell her that I love her.
I can not change the past, no matter how much I wish I could. There is only now my future and my conduct moving forward. I have continued to maintain clear conduct while incarcerated. I keep myself occupied by exercising, taking different courses offered at the FMC Carswell, working, knitting and crocheting items for my family. I have taken many ace classes, and I am currently enrolled in the GED class, which encourages me to continue to strive towards excellence. I also attend the Catholic Church and participate in it’s Choir.
I pray that God and the President,(Mr.Barak Obama) would give me a second chance and opportunity to be released and be redeemed as I prove to society that I am not the same person that I used to be. My desire and petition to God an to the President is to please let me be reunited with my family and grandchildren. I don’t want to die in prison with out having the opportunity to be with them.
I pray and place this petition in God’s hands that my story will touch the hearts of those reading it and see within themselves to give me a second chance at life. I am prayful that you, Mr. President wil sign my petition and give me the opportunity to be reunited with my family.
Sincerely and Prayfully Submitted,
Elisa Idalia Castillo.