Friday, August 15, 2014

Story of survival after 21 yrs in prison

http://www.substance.com/this-is-how-it-feels-to-walk-out-of-prison-after-21-years/10625/

EXCERPT.....PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE

Posted for Justice and public awareness

Why Juvenile Incarceration Needs to Go

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"

Friday, July 25, 2014

LOST FOR LIFE~JUVENILES~PRISON FOR LIFE

http://smellslikescreenspirit.com/2014/07/lost-for-life-review/

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"Director: Joshua Rofé

“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........."
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Thanks to the author for sharing this compelling information

Thursday, July 24, 2014

SUICIDAL THOUGHTS & BEHAVIORS AMONG DETAINED YOUTH

http://ojjdp.gov/pubs/243891.pdf

PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE....powerful information for us all.....PLEASE SHARE WITH OTHERS

Friday, July 18, 2014

WHEN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM ISN'T THE ANSWER!

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/29/opinion/sunday/nicholas-kristof-when-the-juvenile-justice-system-isnt-the-answer.html?_r=0

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‘Jane’ Didn’t Get the Help She Needed"

"Now Jane is in a girls’ detention center in Middletown, Conn. She’s one of almost 70,000 American youths incarcerated on any given day — and a reminder of how ineffective our programs for troubled children are.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Rikers: Where Mental Illness Meets Brutality in Jail/BRUTAL VIOLENCE

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/14/nyregion/rikers-study-finds-prisoners-injured-by-employees.html?_r=1

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"What emerges is a damning portrait of guards on Rikers Island, who are poorly equipped to deal with mental illness and instead repeatedly respond with overwhelming force to even minor provocations.
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.


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Important advice for all juveniles