Friday, February 5, 2016

PITY THE CHILDREN-VERY IMPORTANT ARTICLE

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/pity_the_children_20160131
Author-Chris Hedges

EXCERPT...Please read FULL article

(Excerpt from a commenter to article)

"Globally, children are suffering, but if we cannot even save our own children, I don’t know how we can ever save ourselves from our own lack of compassion.
A nation that amputates the lives of its children, is a nation that will never walk."
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Excellent, "informative" article, so many children still lanquishing in prison, for mistakes made as a child, this article talks about "how" many of these children got to where they are today, IMO
Lack of compassion, mercy, recognizing that children ARE children and NOT adults, are imperative to help save them from "doom & deaths"

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

U.S. SUPREME COURT RULING-LWOP-JUVENILES

http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/15pdf/14-280_3204.pdf










EXCERPT...please read full ruling at link provided...

“First, children have a ‘lack of maturity and an underdeveloped sense of responsibility,’ leading to recklessness, impulsivity, and heedless risk-taking. Second, children ‘are more vulnerable to negative influences and outside pressures,’ including from their family and peers; they have limited ‘control over their own environment’ and lack the ability to extricate themselves from horrific, crime-producing settings. And third, a child’s character is not as ‘well formed’ as an adult’s; his traits are ‘less fixed’ and his actions less likely to be ‘evidence of irretrievable depravity.’” 567 U. S., at ___ (slip op., at 8) (quoting Roper, supra, at 569–570; alterations, citations, and some internal quotation marks omitted)."
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Case presented to the U. S. supreme court was for those children sentenced to life with NO chance of parole, it did NOT refer to or address those perimeters, for children who have recieved long, harsh sentences with NO parole. Another entity to be resolved, while these children also lanquish in prison, some who did NOT do/participate in a crime, but unfortunately some of them were with the one/s who did do the crime. The governing guidelines set forth in above ruling, certainly should be "considered" for ALL juveniles, regardless of their sentence, with a NO parole status, IMO, is discrimination and a violation of the 8th amendment as to "cruel and unusal punishment". So when will this group of imprisoned children recieve justice, they so deserve??
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A reference case, one of many........ Krista McDaniel   http://justicewinds.blogspot.com/search?q=krista+mcdaniel

Friday, January 29, 2016

YOUTHFUL OFFENDERS SHOULD BE ABLE TO SHOW PENITENCE

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/editorial-youthful-offenders-should-be-able-to-show-penitence

Excerpt...PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE

"Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy conceded that not every juvenile who was convicted of murder should be given parole, but every one should have the opportunity for a hearing."

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IMO, "ALL" children must be "allowed" a "chance of parole", far too many children recieved very long, harsh sentencing with NO chance of parol, but latest ruling(case) from the U. S. supreme court only referred to those children who recieved life with no chance of parole, is this not "discrimination" for the other children imprisoned WITHOUT PAROLE? Another issue to be dealth with, also NOT having a chance of parole, IMO, is cruel, violates the 8th amendment. We must continue to make our voices heard for those who still linger in prison, since they were a "child." People DO change, they should at least have a "chance" to prove to officials and society, they are NOT that immature/naive "child" anymore. Present state law legislation must be considered/amended to at the very least allow "PAROLE STATUS".

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A JUDGE TO CHAMPION CHANGE FOR KIDS

http://jjie.org/you-dont-have-to-be-a-judge-to-champion-change-for-kids/172632/

Excerpt....please read FULL article

"A juvenile justice system without a champion is like a ship without a sail drifting aimlessly, its passengers hoping for land like a community wishing for fewer crimes. Without that champion to convene the different parts, the system will remain fractured. Its parts will work independently and never realize their common goal because a champion to lead them to do something uncommon is missing."
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Children DO deserve a "chance", to become a productive member of society, officials must change/amend current state laws, that indicate as well, compassion and mercy for our nation's children, otherwise they are doomed for life, IMO

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

END VIOLENCE AGAINST OUR CHILDREN

http://jjie.org/states-should-mandate-school-justice-partnership-to-end-violence-against-our-children/163156/

EXCERPT...PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE

"But what remains a surprise is the number of jurisdictions still exercising zero tolerance practices despite its zero intelligence. What is asinine is how many refuse to change, knowing they can implement evidence-based models with better outcomes."
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Juvenile law/policy "reforms" are imperative to our nation's children, recognizing/understanding the developmental stages/anatomy/phychology of the human brain, IMO   to help save these children from DEATHS and/or DOOM for the rest of their lives.

Friday, October 2, 2015

JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM FINDS SUPPORT


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cory-booker-prison-kids_560c47e3e4b0768127008685

Excerpt-please read FULL article..ALL children deserve a "chance"

"Mark Holden, general counsel and senior vice president at Koch Industries, said prison time could often be more effectively replaced with another remedy. Working as a prison guard in Worcester, Massachusetts, before he went to law school, Holden said, "There were people who -- they weren't violent. They made mistakes and they needed support. They probably needed drug treatment. They needed a job. They needed opportunity. They didn't get it so they became lost in the system and forgotten about." 

Monday, September 7, 2015

The Ridiculous Reason 13 Year Olds Are Getting Life Without Parole

http://www.attn.com/stories/3034/teens-in-prison-life-without-parole

Excerpt...please read full article
 "Children as young as 13 years old have been tried as adults and sentenced to die in prison, typically without any consideration of their age or circumstances of the offense."