When he was little, Corvain Cooper wanted to be a firefighter. He outgrew that dream later in life, falling in love with fashion instead. He started his own clothing line, Old Money, and had a store called SC Clothing before his sentence. The store was named for his daughters, Scotyln and Cleer, whom he loves more than anything. He thinks a lot about how he used to pick them up at school, and daydreams of maybe surprising them at school someday –  if ever he’s released.

Until that dream is realized, Corvain spends his time working on his book series: Look Into My Eyes.

He hopes his books will teach young men about the real consequences of negative choices.

He wants to help others avoid the mistakes he made, to encourage young men not only to follow their dreams, but to chase them. He wants every one of these young men to have the chance to look him in the eye. To see that every day, he misses his daughters. That he would trade every choice he made just for the chance to be a part of their lives. Perhaps if others could see that, they would stay away from crime.

In the four years since Corvain was sentenced to a fundamental death sentence on marijuana charges, California law has changed. The two prior felony charges that triggered his life sentence are now deemed misdemeanors. Unfortunately, that doesn’t help Corvain now. Many states have legalized marijuana. That doesn’t help Corvain either.  

What does help Corvain is his faith. Nowadays, he finds confirmation of the workings of God in many things. Recently his two daughters, who had not seen each other in years, ran into each other at the skate park where they were both attending different parties. Because of that happenstance, Corvain got a beautiful picture of his two daughters, his sister, and his mom “all together, hugged up” — just in time for his birthday. He says he cried when he saw it, grateful for the goodness of God.

It’s been over four years now since Corvain got to pick his girls up from school. Four years since he’s been able to be a father to them, or to serve his community as a small business owner. He’s learned from his mistakes. All he wants now is to be able to be a part of his family, and to help others. Corvain does not deserve to spend the rest of his life in prison.

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