Lazara Ordaz – 35 years

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Lazara Ordaz – 35 years

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Name:
Lazara Ordaz #10431-073
DOB: 12/17/58
Race: AFRO-CUBAN
Marital Status: Single
Age: 59
Children: One daughter
Resident state: Florida
State charged: Philadelphia
Will live: Philadelphia
Charges: Conspiracy to Distribute More than 3 Kilos of controlled substance (cocaine) Use of a communications facility, possession of a firearm
Sentence: 35 Years
Time served: 20 YEARS
Sentence Started: 06-25 1999 (Arrested on OCT 29 1998)
Priors: In 80s I was young and stupid, just came from Cuba and I was caught with marijuana.  firearm.  Sentence Plead guilty ..Sentence to 3 years probation , special condition of serving 6 months in the county jail, with credit 74 days served
08/03/88 Sale cocaine with intent to sell
Found Guilty …Sentence time serve pay 225 courts cost
02/17/90 Possession of cocaine
Found Guilty ..Sentence on one year community control /probation revoke and Sentence 364 days
08/03/96 carry a firearm without a license. Sentence minimum less than 6 months plus 5 years probation
Prison Conduct: Clear conduct 12 years
Clemency petition: Denied
Supporters: Lazara has close family ties and is given much support, CANDO, The Council, The LOHM
Institution: Aliceville, Alabama
ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
During my incarceration I’ve learned, accomplished and taught others through the years I have been in federal prison.  I’ve learned the trade of Blue Printing in The Unicor program and advanced to the highest position available which enabled me to be able to teach others the trade. I remained in that position for 10 years. From there I received and completed a Material Coordinator Apprenticeship and graduated from a two year Business Program from Marist College. Over the years of my incarceration I’ve taken and successfully completed over 70 classes which include
SOLDERING CLASS
COLLEGUE CLASS
SP. CULINARY ARTS I,II CLASS
LIFE SKILLS MGMT. I,II,III CLASS
COMPUTER APPS. CLASS
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY CLASS
LONG TERM COMPUTER CLASS
INTERNATIONAL CUISINE CLASS
MGMT. STUDIES CLASS
ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR CLASS
HEALTHY REALTIONSHIPS CLASS
SELF ESTEEM PARENTING CLASS
BLUE PRINTING CLASS, ALSO TAUGHT THE CLASS
APPRENTICESHIP MATERIAL COORDINATOR CLASS
GENDER IMAGES-MEDIA CLASS
ANGER RESOLUTION CLASS
CAGE YOUR RAGE CLASS
WOMENS MENTAL HEALTH SEMINAR
GUIDE FOR INCARCERATED PARENTS SEMINAR
JOB READINESS SEMINAR
BUYING A HOME SEMINAR
DRESS FOR SUCCESS SEMINAR
VT. HORTICULTURE CLASS
COLLEGE COURSE INTERPERSONAL & BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS CLASS
COLLEGE COURSE BUSINESS IN SOCIETY CLASS
COLLEGE COURSE ARTS & HUMANITIES CLASS
COLLEGE COURSE BUSINESS MGMT. POST SECONDARY CLASS

According to Laz:

I am a Cuban native.  Two decades ago my life was reduced to 8-digits and count time for 35 years.  Not a single minute of release will be taken until 2/6/2030.  If I’m lucky, maybe I’ll still be alive to be free but please do not pity me.  I accepted responsibility for my crime before my sentencing and served time with truth and understanding that justice must be served to victims and the legal system this country is founded upon. But with all due respect, it is a system that creates victims that need deliverance from “Justice.” When I came from Cuba, I spoke no English.  I taught myself to read and write but still had little understanding of the legal system.  I know I’m not politically correct from every aspect but I have learned a great deal and seen first hand the damage of unjust sentences.  Allow me to be honest when I say, If a person hasn’t transformed into a law abiding citizen with an immeasurable amount of gratitude for their freedom in 5-10 years of punishment, then they may never rehabilitate, consider them institutionalized. 

As a former History teacher in Cuba education has always been a priority for me. I’m a model inmate, and I have taken every class, program, and therapy available to me in the Federal Bureau’s of Prisons.   I have taken any opportunity that I’ve been given to help me rehabilitate and restructure myself and my way of thinking for my re-entry into society.   I ask you to please give me a second chance at life, so I can live the rest of it with my family and loved ones.

How many years can the mind take of punishment before it breaks and the spirit follows suit? I have asked myself this questions for 2 decades as federal property.  With every ounce of humility and prayer I’m writing in hopes that someone, somewhere, someday will have compassion and reduce my sentence.

As I write this, I am literally coming to terms that ” HOPE” is ALL that is left.  I have been denied point reductions, and clemency twice, including CP14 Obama Clemency Project.  So, after the letters, appeals and pleading that have led to heartache. Now, I’m dwindled to only HOPE that President Trump will have mercy on me and my family.

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