Monday, July 20, 2015

Criminal Justice Reforms Must Include Youth Behind Bars-Liz Ryan

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/liz_ryan/mr-president-and-congress_b_7828070.html

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

http://www.fairfaxtimes.com/article/20150717/OPINION/150719574/1065/enhancing-the-fairness-and-effectiveness-of-the-criminal-justice&template=fairfaxTimes

Excerpt:   
"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




http://nakedlaw.avvo.com/crime/5-common-mistakes-to-avoid-if-you-are-arrested.html?utm_source=Outbrain&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=mobile-nakedlaw

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

AMERICA'S PRISONS-A ROAD TO NOWHERE

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/opedspace/americas-prisons-a-road-t_b_6204554.html

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."
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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.

Monday, March 9, 2015

UN SLAMS U.S. AS ONLY NATION TO SENTENCE KIDS TO LWOP

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/3/9/un-expert-slams-us-as-only-nation-to-sentence-kids-to-life-without-parole.html

“To deny the possibility of release is to deny the human capacity to change and is utterly incompatible with the basic principles of juvenile justice.”
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Please read FULL article and share with others in your world.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

CRADLE TO JAIL-A "MUST" VIEW

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."