Friday, October 2, 2015


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

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."

Monday, July 20, 2015

Criminal Justice Reforms Must Include Youth Behind Bars-Liz Ryan

Strongly urge readers to read FULL article, so important to all of our nation's children.

Excerpt....  "Kalief Browder and Andre Sheffield's deaths are a sobering reminder to the president and the congress of the urgency and the need to ensure youth behind bars are not left behind."

President & CEO of the Youth First! Initiative

Friday, July 17, 2015

Enhancing the Fairness and Effectiveness of the Criminal Justice System

"On July 14, President Obama laid out the case for meaningful juvenile and criminal justice reform that makes our system, fairer, smarter and more cost-effective while keeping the American people safe and secure. Across the political spectrum, there is a growing consensus to make reforms to the juvenile and criminal justice systems to ensure that criminal laws are enforced more fairly and efficiently."

Thursday, April 30, 2015

5-common-mistakes-to-avoid-if-you-are-arrested/A MUST READ

Vital information for everyone to know, children themselves have NO clue of their miranda rights, teach them, get to know what your's and their legal rights ARE. Never talk to investigators without a lawyer present.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Excerpt......PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE, "very" informative, what inmates face upon "release"

"By Ben Notterman
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.