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."
Video of Henry McCollum's release shows the exonerated death row inmate making his way through a crowd of excited onlookers and into his family's car, where he could not figure out how to fasten his seatbelt. In his defense, many states did not begin mandating the use of seatbelts until well into the 1990s, by which time McCollum had already spent a decade in prison. Like most of the 650,000 inmates released from prison each year, McCollum brings no vocational skills or educational background into a world that must appear to him a strange and distant future, thrust on an unsuspecting present. From this perspective, the severity of punishment is never greater than at the time of release."
Some children as young as 8 are in detention centers until their 21st birthday, some are then sent on to an adult prison to finish out their sentence handed down by the judge in their case. WITHOUT any vocational or educational skills upon release, they will be just as dependent upon release, as they were when they were first detained. Indeed this leads to a road to nowhere.
http://www.hulu.com/cradle-to-jail EXCERPT....... "From the confines of America's juvenile detention facilities to the razor wire of juvenile prison to the heart pounding juvenile courtroom hearings where everything is on the line, Cradle To Jail explores where juvenile crime begins, how it evolves, and what's at stake for kids, families and professionals in the system."
http://jjie.org/op-ed-juveniles-change-they-deserve-bolder-reforms/# A very "informative" article, urge all readers to please read FULL article, share with others in your world. Children "do" deserve a "chance", to become "productive" members of society, NOT throw away to die in prison, for "mistakes" made as a child. Many in prison today, did NOT murder, rape or rob anyone, or cause "harm" to anyone, unfortunately were with the "wrong" people, at the "wrong" time and place. Children are easily influenced by others, often leading them down the "wrong" path. Many seeking love and attention, coming from a very dyfunctional home setting. Far too many in prison have been abandoned by officials, family and friends, feeling doomed with NO hope. These actions must be dealth with, and treat children as they really ARE, a child, NOT an "adult", IMO ~~~~~~ My personal thanks to the author, posted for public awareness & in the interest of "justice", copyrights acknowledged, NO infringement intended.