KIDS IN COURTS, KIDS IN CRISIS~Justice for all children, to be safe from harm, protected with mercy & compassion.~ One of the most cruel forms of punishment is "denial of existence"~~~
Justice Anthony Kennedy said, “It would be misguided to equate the failing of a minor with those of an adult, for a greater possibility exists that a minor’s character deficiencies will be reformed."
Have followed her case from the time of her detention to the present days. She has grown in many ways, "growing" up in a prison, facing 30 yrs with NO chance of parole. Post conviction relief request DENIED. Clemency request DENIED. Am still seeking a "pro bono" lawyer to look at the court transcripts of this case. Such a gross INJUSTCE for this child, giving NO "chance", mistakes made as a "child." The sentence is barbaric, with No compassion, NO mercy, NO credit for the 12 years already served, facing 18 more years with NO parole, for a crime itself, SHE DID NOT COMMIT. True, unfortunately she was with those ADULTS, who DID this crime!! My question is why a conspiracy and armed robbery charge??? How does the prosecutor "prove" conspiracy?? Was there a GSR performed on her clothes and hands?? S.C law says the "hand of one is the hand of all." The background of this child, contributes, but she did NOT get to where she is today, ALL BY HERSELF. I strongly urge the reading of all the posts located at the above URL link.
Anyone interested in JUSTICE, for this child, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
http://www.truth-out.org/progressivepicks/item/25541-stop-fearing-our-children-why-juvenile-incarceration-needs-to-go EXCERPT....please read FULL article........People must/need to be aware of the atrocities children face daily in prisons, it is appauling of the abuse, sexual assaults, rapes, beating and some even murdered behind those bars. "Although lawmakers and the media may decry atrocious conditions, overcrowding and rampant violence in juvenile prisons, they aren't examining the roots of the problem. In this interview, author Nell Bernstein takes on the question: Why are we locking up children at all? Thanks to the author for this valuable information....Public awareness is imperative for "change", continuing to be a "voice" for those who so desperately need to be "heard"
“I just wish I could go back in time,” says a tearful Brian Draper near the end of Lost for Life, director Joshua Rofé’s arresting documentary on U.S. juvenile “lifers.” And with those words, Draper apparently offers the only good solution, albeit an impossible one, to a complex and heartrending state of affairs. Brian and high school classmate Torey Adamcik, both 21 at the time the film was made, were arrested at the age of 16 for the brutal and senseless stabbing murder of fellow classmate Cassie Stoddart. Both were tried, found guilty and sentenced to life in prison, the result being that their heinous acts robbed our society of not just one young and promising life, but three such lives. And that sad situation is at the heart of Lost for Life as it probes the challenging and complex issue of whether it is appropriate to lock away juvenile offenders for life, without even the possibility of parole........."
Thanks to the author for sharing this compelling information
The report notes that health department staff members interviewed 80 of the 129 inmates after their altercations with correction officers. In 80 percent of the cases, inmates reported being beaten after they were handcuffed."
My personal thanks to Tonya Meadows for sharing this most important information.