Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Even if suspect's a kid, he still has rights
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Staten Island Advance STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. --
The nation gasped in stunned disbelief last month when authorities charged an 8-year-old Arizona boy with the premeditated murder of his father and another man inside their home in rural St. Johns. That this is a terrible tragedy for all concerned is obvious. What remains to be seen, however, is whether the case will become the catalyst for a change in the way the individual states treat children accused of serious wrongdoing. With people across the country talking about how the matter should be handled, an uncharacteristic and potentially sobering spotlight has been cast on juvenile law in America. Last week, for instance, the case was the subject of a spirited debate on the popular "Dr. Phil" television program. The Arizona case raises several issues that children's rights advocates have been trying in vain to get the public to focus on for years. For starters, consider the manner in which a confession was extracted from this little child. Despite the fact that the constitutional privilege against self-incrimination applies to children, this 8-year-old boy was isolated from family and friends and subjected to intense interrogation by investigators. At no time during the questioning was he provided the aid of an attorney; nor was he ever advised of any of his Miranda rights. Of course, even if he had been so informed, he would have been incapable of understanding these constitutional protections or appreciating the consequences of declining to invoke them. This is why law enforcement should not have questioned the child without first providing him with counsel, even in the absence of a request for such assistance. Granted, current law does not require such admirable initiatives from law enforcement. But when the muscle of the state is pitted against the pathetic vulnerability of a little child, it clearly should. After the videotape of the interrogation was made public, authorities sought to justify their failure to advise the child of his Miranda rights by claiming that he wasn't a suspect at the time the questioning began. While that's hard to believe, he clearly became a suspect during the course of the interrogation. At that point, the Constitution required that he be fully advised of his privilege against self-incrimination. MANIPULATING A CHILD Next, consider the confession itself. While it may or may not be true, the fact is that an 8-year-old, set upon by professionals with agendas, can be manipulated into saying and even believing just about anything. Thus, even if law enforcement had informed the child of his constitutional rights and even if he could have intelligently waived them, the confession still would have been inherently unreliable. Yet, it's beyond dispute that confessions are powerfully persuasive at trial, particularly when a defendant's fate is in the hands of jurors. Why, they wonder, would anybody confess to something that he didn't do? Of course, if jurors were able to put themselves in the shoes of a terrified little boy, very much alone and very much afraid, they might be able to understand. But they can't because, despite popular but preposterous fiction, adult jurors are not the peers of little kids. Nevertheless, upon the child's arrest, police called for him to be tried as an adult. When it comes to the way accused children are treated in this country, the United States is positioned at a level of barbarity that borders on the insane. Put aside, for a moment, all those mea culpas about the treatment of enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay. Worry first about a legal system that pretends that American children are American adults and proceeds to torture them in American jails. How bad is it? South Carolina charged 12-year-old Christopher Pittman as an adult after the child, suicidal and depressed, was isolated by police and induced to confess to killing his grandparents at a time when he was involuntarily intoxicated on the antidepressant Zoloft. He must now spend a minimum of 30 years behind bars in an adult prison. How bad can it get? In most states, there is no minimum age for trying a child as an adult. None. So, yes, Arizona can try an 8-year-old as an adult, just as it could if he were 5 years-old. When it comes to dealing with kids in crisis, common sense and common decency have been eviscerated by mean-spirited prosecutors and unscrupulous politicians. Together, they have effectively hijacked a juvenile justice system that had worked magnificently for generations in rehabilitating kids without compromising public safety. And they will continue to pollute American law until the good people of this country are repulsed enough by their outrages to rise up and stop them. Will that be the good that comes from the tragedy in Arizona? Like the children imprisoned in adult jails, all we can do is hope.
Daniel Leddy's On The Law column appears each Tuesday on the Advance Op-Ed Page. His e-mail address is JudgeLeddy@si.rr.com.
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Sunday, December 14, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE, not posted due to copyrights
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Juvenile court certification law erased /unconstitutional
They added that the U.S. Supreme Court "has firmly established that the basic requirements of due process apply to juvenile transfer proceedings."
Friday, November 14, 2008
(excerpts-PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE) JUVENILE LAW REFORM IS IMPERATIVE!!
Mark Clements is a victim of torture at the hands of Chicago police and has been incarcerated since age 16--with four life sentences plus 30 years--for a crime he did not commit. He is one of Chicago's youngest police torture victims and one of the first juveniles to be sentenced to "natural life" in prison.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
(excerpts-PLEASE read full article)
BY FRED GRIMM
All murders aren't the same.
Michael Hernandez, 14 and delusional when he stabbed his classmate to death in 2004, was given a life sentence last week. No parole.Three days earlier, in Broward circuit court, Lonnie Lauriston, 23 when he beat 4-year-old D'Hamonie Francois to death, was sentenced to three years in prison.In Palm Beach County this summer, Charles Tyson, 22, managed a 40-year deal after tossing his 9-month-old son from a moving car, then throwing him into a canal.Charles Tyson will get out of prison.
Michael Hernandez won't.
© 2008 Miami Herald Media Company.
All Rights Reserved.
Monday, November 10, 2008
(excerpt-PLEASE read full article)
NO child should ever get life and life with NO chance of parole sentencing, it violates the international laws of the protection of children. Juvenile law reform is imperative to help save our nation's youth for destruction and death.
Changes to teen life sentence laws sought
A renewed push to change Mississippi's laws pertaining to life sentences for teenagers is on the horizon for the 2009 Legislature since the effort's original poster child has been acquitted of murder.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
please read full article...an absolute "must read", article written some time back, but nevertheless very important....examples of many cases of children sentenced to life with NO chance of parole, will DIE in prison, for mistakes made as a child. Even more reason for America's society to WAKE UP, to the atrocities happening to our nation's youth, any one of these children, could have been yours or mine. Our active participation and involvement in getting the laws changed governing these children, is critical, crucial, and imperative, to help save our nation's youth, from destruction and deaths........Silence is NOT "golden". ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
In the US, there are 2,270 prisoners who were sentenced as children to life without parole. They will die behind bars. Ed Pilkington asks five of them - from a 21-year-old to a 70-year-old - how do they cope?
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Child Drugging Smashed !
#1 Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73SRn1gdAdM 8-1/2 minutes
#2 Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcvCtxaiOGg 7-1/2 minutes
#3 Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58UZqr3fiZI 6 minutes
Friday, September 26, 2008
What expert credentials does the prosecutor have?? to make the above statement??? Is there credentials in anatomy/psychology/physiology of the human brain and body??? that qualifies this prosecutor to make the above decision??? Again, as in many others cases, where and how did this child get the gun??? and "why" did such a young child do this, what are the "underlying causes that lead to this tragedy?? IF "guilty", punishment is warranted, but to handle this case "as an adult", again is the "taking" of another life. Is it NOT obvious, this child needs "help"??WHY is it such a "difficult" decision of the prosecutor, when this is a "child" of ONLY 13 yrs of age??? What is the REAL "truth"??? that lead to this tragedy?????
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
What a travesty of "INJUSTICE" Be sure to check out the links for his my space page and facebook group.
Why in 1977 did the Peoria Police falsely accuse a 14-year-old boy for the murder of his best friend and his best friend’s sister and ignore the evidence that pointed to the victims' stepfather? How were the Peoria Police able to hold Johnnie for 36 hours without a lawyer and then torture him into a false confession, which the prosecution then used to secure a guilty verdict in Johnnie’s first trial?..........
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
PLEASE, A MUST READ......lengthy, but a phenomenal presentation in support of HR 4300 bill, “Juvenile Justice Accountability", before the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.
Please review this support site, get involved/take action. Thanks to an advocate to passing this important info along. Please share with those in YOUR world.
Why this campaign?
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
(PLEASE SHARE WITH THOSE IN YOUR WORLD)
One of many cases of children being sentenced to a world of "doom", for mistakes "made as a child". Thanks to Kim for sharing this most important information. See her son's case http://www.whoopassforjustice.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=2496
Her personal support blog page, for her son. http://juvenilechange.blogspot.com
Urging Teens and parents to get involved, get educated in these juveniles issues, YOUR child could be next!!
Friday, September 5, 2008
Subject: WILLIAM THORNTON(17)
In reference to this article above, I am appauled, he gets release after 9 yrs, the clemency board felt he had served enough "time", yet, William Thornton, age 17, get 30 yrs prison time, with NO chance of parole, for an auto "accident", Accident is just what it was, NOT premediatiion!! Where is the "equal" justice here?? (William's case is listed on our support forum athttp://www.whoopassforjustice.org/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=86
NOT saying he should not be punished at all, but 30 yrs is cruel and inhumane treatment for an "accident". If everyone that had an "accident" is sent to prison, there would NOT be anyone left to help run this country. And the people of Fl, STILL voted in that judge, what apathy and passiveness exists, NO compassion, NO mercy for William Thornton, where is the justice??
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
COME JOIN US, imprisoned children's canteen fund project details & worksheet can be viewed at any time, the contributions we have recieved so far, see link http://www.whoopassforjustice.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=2108
YOUR contribution of 1.00+ can help tremendously. Some imprisoned children's families have "abandoned" them, they recieve NO mail, NO visitors, No canteen funds, NO writing materials, this is so cruel and inhumane, for any child, we strive to let them know THEY ARE NOT FORGOTTEN, that we continue to fight for "justice" for ALL children.
Compassion and mercy is always FREE.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Chris's website http://www.christopherthrasher.com
Am NOT saying to "coddle" these children, but these young children under the age of 1 8 cases, should always be governed in a "juvenile" court of law, for the CHILDREN THEY ARE. Society, and the officials are ASLEEP, to the atrocities of these children. Apathy and passiveness continues to contribute to their "destruction".
PLEASE, get involved, educated~~YOUR CHILD COULD BE NEXT~~~The present day laws are holding/demanding of children a much "higher standard of conduct" than with adults. Can't you SEE this is killing our nation's "children"??
Analysis: Marlene Martin
Marlene Martin, national director of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty , examines a punishment that many people consider a "slow form of death"--life without the possibility of parole sentences. Mark Clements, an Illinois prisoner serving life without parole, gathered interviews for this article...................
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Kids pay the price for Judiciary Committee's inaction
When the Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to consider the bill,
Republicans refused to attend.........
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
A True Story Of A Coerced and False Confession...As Told By A Mother Of An Innocent Young Man.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Free Efrén Paredes, Jr.!
Velia Koppenhoefer's blog about her son, Efrén Paredes, Jr., who who was wrongly convicted in 1989 at the age of 15 and remains in prison to this day. Efren is now 35-years-old. To learn more about this injustice please visit http://www.4Efren.com.
Friday, June 6, 2008
PLEASE BE AN ACTIVE "VOICE" FOR THIS CHILD.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
What a horrific, gross injustice here.......these people kept their mouths shut, because IE, the art teacher did NOT want to lose her job???? , and the fact stated, this child WAS in school etc........
excerpts from article, PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE..............MAY GOD HELP US ALL!!
"They" have "destroyed" these children's childhood and have traumatized them FOR LIFE!!!!
"Baldwin's art teacher, Sally Ware, said in an affidavit that a school administrator suggested she would lose her job if she went to authorities to tell them that Baldwin had been in school the day of the murders."
"Other affidavits outline Baldwin's day May 5, 1993, saying that he boarded the school bus and arrived at school as usual, that he mowed his uncle's yard when he got home, then went to Wal-Mart to play video games, that he was home by 9 p.m., and that he spent the night talking on the phone with friends."
http://www. pbcommercial. com/articles/2008/05/31/ap-state-ar/d910sbmg1. txt
West Memphis 3 support site......... http://www.wm3.org
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
In memory of Neal and Jesse Eldridge, Ark~~
http://www.nealandjesse.net where ever you are, I hope you are FREE and SAFE from harm~always in my heart and on my mind..........Knight
Thursday, May 8, 2008
A Personal letter from Edward Blackoff, Director of the multi-award winning documentary “INCEST A FAMILY TRAGEDY.”
Every day thousands of children suffer sexual abuse by family members and trusted friends. Little if anything is being done to prevent this terrible crime. It is the best kept secret in the world. Lawmakers refuse to take action. Enforcement authorities are stymied and solutions are ignored. What is needed is a campaign to bring this heinous behavior into the open.
INCEST A FAMILY TRAGEDY is the best way to do this and I need your help to save our children. My film has undisguised molesters and survivors opening telling us what happened and how it was accomplished. Experts offer information on what works, what doesn’t work and what must be done if we are to put a stop to the rape of the kids. There is hope, it can be stopped.
I am starting a grass roots movement to spread the information. The strategy is simple. Become a host. Visit http://www.shazzamfilms.com and order your personal DVD copy of the film. Invite 5-10 people to your home and watch the film. Afterwards hold a discussion about what you’ve viewed and urge everyone to get their own copy and do the same. Suggested discussion topics are included. All profits go to the Stop Incest Foundation which funds children’s advocates and filmmakers like myself who want to make a difference. If we chip away at this code of silence things will change and children will be safer. If you can not afford to buy the DVD, we will provide a free host copy.
Unfortunately my experience shows we can’t count on our politicians or our lawmakers. After all, children neither vote nor do they have control of their money and that adds up to being powerless. Its up to us to give their pain and violation a voice so that we can effect change through Community Action. Sales of INCEST A FAMILY TRAGEDY will also enable me to start filming my next film, an in-depth study of 3 survivors of incest appearing on camera with ........
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Remember Christopher Pittman, age 12, who is in prison for the demise of his grandparents, "intoxicated" on anti-depressant drugs!!! 30 yrs w/NO chance of parole
PLEASE PARTICIPATE, MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD FOR OUR NATION'S CHILDREN, HELP STOP THIS MADNESS!!
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
I cannot stop the tears flowing down my cheek
I cannot stop remembering words
you said"you are my friend and I love you
"Where are you when I call your name?
You do not see my painful heart
you do not see the tears streaming down my cheeks
how could you be so cruel?
you can't feel my painful heart
you can't feel my painful tears
you can't feel my devastated soul.
I trusted you
I believed in you
I honored you as a friend
Stop the pain,
stop the tears,
stop the hurt
Stop the betrayal!!!!
What many imprisoned children feel, many abandoned by the very ones, they "felt" did, in fact care and love them. Many feel so hopeless, knowing no one is working on an appeal for them, they know they are facing "death" in prison. One child stated, "I would rather be "wanted" for murder, that NOT "wanted" at ALL!!!
Why has America forsaken our nation's children, and will give a dollar for the animal kingdom, quicker than that for a "child". I am ashamed to live in a world where the "silence continues to be so deafening". The "betrayals" continues on destroying "children", and seems not many are even "moved" about this epidemic problem.
Monday, May 5, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
RALLY FOR THE KIDS.........
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention CenterI-90, Exit 14 • Spearfish, SD
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Thursday, May 1, 2008
Anti-bullying bill passes Florida Senate Please read full article
Article published May 1, 2008 Anti-bullying bill passes Florida Senate with unanimous vote By Betty Parker FLORIDA CAPITAL BUREAU After three years of trying, the anti-bullying bill inspired by the suicide of a Cape Coral teenager who was bullied at school passed Florida's Senate unanimously and is on its way to Gov. Charlie Crist...........
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
AAPS Passing the House of Representatives on a voice vote, S 1858 has been sent to President Bush for signature The Newborn Genetic Screening bill was passed by the Senate last December The bill violates the US Constitution and the Nuremberg Code, writes Twila Brase, president of the Citizen’s Council on Health Care (CCHC) “The DNA taken at birth from every citizen is essentially owned by the government, and every citizen becomes a potential subject of government-sponsored genetic research,” she states “It does not require consent and there are no requirements to inform parents about the warehousing of their child’s DNA for the purpose of genetic research Already, in Minnesota, the state health department reports that 42,210 children of the 780,000 whose DNA is housed in the Minnesota ‘DNA warehouse’ have been subjected to genetic research without their parents’ knowledge or consent”The federal government lacks the Constitutional authority as well as the competence to develop a newborn screening program, states Rep Ron Paul, MD (R-TX) He states that all hospitals will probably scrap their own newborn testing program and adopt the federal model, whatever its flaws, to avoid the loss of federal funding
“Drafters of the legislation made no effort to ensure that these newborn screening programs do not violate the privacy rights of parents and children,” Dr Paul noted
Ms Brase has called on President Bush to veto the bill
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Please read full article about this most important support event.
"My Mission is for the World to hear Sarina’s Voice; for she is no longer with me to speak. But she will be heard, through me, her Mother. For I live with her inside me and I will live out loud, her voice will be heard. My Crusade is to Abolish Suicide-Causing Anti-Depressants. There is strength in numbers, I need the support of those who hold this issue close to their hearts; to assure that other parents and their children live a happy life without pain and without suicide. My Campaign is to pass a Bill which will ultimately become “Sarina’s Law”.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
(excerpts)Please read full article
Mothers Advocating Juvenile Justice. Co-founded this grassroots organization in 1998 (Atlanta, Georgia) to advocate for children adjudicated and incarcerated as adults. Organized a membership base of over 300 mostly black women who had teenage sons who were either in prison or charged with crimes under Georgia’s law providing for prosecution of children as adults, commonly called SB440.
Michael Lewis Legal Defense Committee. Founder (1998) and Executive Director of this group dedicated to the freedom from prison of Michael Lewis, known as “Little B,” a black boy tried and convicted in Atlanta, Georgia, as an adult for a murder he did not commit, sentenced to life in prison at 14 years old.
This child has suffered more than any child should ever have suffered, Marty certainly deserves true and final justice, may many blessings be bestowed upon him on his continued journeys in this life.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Digital kids in danger Children are more vulnerable than ever to predatory grooming via portable multimedia devices
PLEASE SHARE WITH THOSE IN YOUR WORLD, HELP PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
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Absolute Immunity Is Too Much
A "MUST" READ OF FULL ARTICLE...............where is the JUSTICE??
It's a recipe for disaster.
In the case Imbler v. Pachtman 1976, the U.S. Supreme Court carved out a gaping exception for prosecutors. Prosecutors have what's known as "absolute immunity" from civil rights suits, provided they're acting in their capacity as prosecutors. Few people enjoy such protections in their own line of work.
But this complete shield from accountability is especially problematic when we're talking about prosecutors. It's a job that's already plagued by incentive problems—unfortunately, we tend to measure a prosecutor's performance based on how many people he's able to throw in jail, not necessarily by how well he metes out justice.
Rarely, for example, does a prosecutor get public recognition for the cases he doesn't take. So we have people in a position where they have the enormous power to take away someone's freedom, incentives nudging them to err on the side of prosecuting aggressively, and absolute immunity from lawsuits should they overstep their bounds........
Monday, April 21, 2008
Torey Adamcik(16),Accused/convicted/sentenced to life w/out parole in the murder of a 16 yr old school mate. See support sites http://www.triedasadults.org http://www.myspace.com/triedasadults
Case reference at kidsincourt.net and whoopassforjustice.org
"Children are simply NOT adults"
Charged as adult in shooting death of sister's boyfriend on California reservation. *UPDATE*2/24~ TRIAL SET FOR 2 JUNE, TO BE TRIED AS AN ADULT. (pic not available)
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
My name is Mary Ellen McCormack. I don't know how old I am... I have never had but one pair of shoes, but I can't recollect when that was. I have no shoes or stocking this winter... I have never had on a particle of flannel. My bed at night is only a piece of carpet, stretched on the floor underneath a window, and I sleep in my little undergarment, with a quilt over me. I am never allowed to play with any children or have any company whatever. Mamma has been in the habit of whipping and beating me almost every day. She used to whip me with a twisted whip, a raw hide. The whip always left black and blue marks on my body. I have now on my head two black and blue marks which were made by mamma with the whip, and a cut on the left side of my forehead which was made by a pair of scissors in mamma's hand. She struck me with the scissors and cut me. I have no recollection of ever having been kissed, and have never been kissed by mamma. I have never been taken on my mamma's lap, or caressed or petted. I have never dared to speak to anybody, because if I did I would get whipped. Whenever mamma went out I was locked up in the bedroom... I have no recollection of ever being in the street in my life. Another excerpt from this amazing and sad story. Read the entire story http://www.fortunecity.com/meltingpot/macau/1192/id49.htm
NO ONE will ever come close to understanding "that world", til they have "walked" in "that same horrible journey". http://groups.msn.com/abusenomore
WHAT ABOUT OUR NATION'S CHILDREN???
The above article is a move in the right direction, but children are NOT being offered a "second chance"....until the present day laws governing children, is reformed/investigated, there will be more and more children "destroyed" by this gov't. So many children are given much harsher, colder, longer sentences than adults, who have comitted similiar crimes
JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM IS IMPERATIVE/CRITICAL to help save our nation's children from DOOM AND DESTRUCTION. Incarcerated "children" are thrown away and forgotten by this gov't. We must NEVER BE SILENT to these atrocties!!!
"Children" deserves a "CHANCE", to become a "productive member" of society, but this gov't does not even "offer it".
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
One person stated..."I believe he should be executed" ??
This might be so easy to say, being it was NOT YOUR child, tho punishment is certainly warranted, it takes a cold, no hearted person, to want to "execute" a "child". Educating oneself in the world of antidepressants/drugs will enlighten your brain cells, get the case facts, he was ONLY 12, and is NOT a monster. ADULTS in his world contributed to where he is today. Look who prescribed that drug, an adult!! Look who forced him to take this drug, an adult!! Where were the ADULTS?? in his world??? when he needed them most. There is NO way he was in his "right" mind, when this tragedy occurred. To contribute to the "destruction" of this child, is indeed a CRIME itself. What a cold, cruel, heartless society!!!
ALL children deserve the right to be "protected from harm, but society feels it is all ok, for incarcerated children to be beaten, molested, sexually assaulted and raped often, and even murdered behind bars....what a barbaric society we are forced to live in!!!!
Monday, April 14, 2008
COURT REFUSED TO REVIEW CHILD'S APPEAL
Please be sure to look at the comments section on this url link, unfortunately most are so negative and vengeful.
There will come a day, the real truth and justice will prevail in Chris''s case. All the negative, bitterness,vengeful statements on that article, are worthless, those who have been involved and followed this case from day one, know and still support Chris.The truth will come, and justice will prevail for this "child". Many statements sounds like nothing more than vigilantes, but be assured, if this was YOUR child, you, too, would want "help and support", NOT vengeance! Get educated and know the facts about drugs given/forced upon children and the possible affects, could be devastating, as was in this case.
Chris never took the drugs "voluntarily", he was forced to take them by ADULTS, tried as an ADULT, sentenced as an ADULT, tell me this is NOT "child abuse"!!! Since when is a 12 yr old "child", automatically an ADULT???
May God help us ALL..........WHERE IS THE "JUSTICE"??? Chris's case is one of many, get educated, read the over 2300 cases on http://www.ssristories.com/ A reality, a real eye opener.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Only a “child”
The moon so high in the sky, Holding secrets the courts still deny,
They know you are “only” a child, Yet hold firm the sentences, while the world sighs.
No compassion, mercy is ever held, While weeping alone in their private cells.
Mistakes made as a “child”, While the courts still in denial
Charged as adult, no chance of parole Holding this young life, with it forever on hold.
They dream of better tomorrows, Only left in such desolate sorrows.
You can help change this destruction,
With education and a little instruction.
The next child could really be yours,
What will you do?, when you finally get the “score”?
Now is the time to speak out, & have no doubt,
Your voice is needed, for this child’s way out!!
PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE
We have two parallel criminal justice systems — one for adults, the other for children. To say that a 14-year-old deserves to be in the adult system is to put the bitter root of a falsehood into the mix at the very beginning. No palatable justice can come of it.
— Neil B. Quinn is a former Ventura County chief deputy public defender, now retired and in private practice.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
One caring person can go a long way. Everyone needs an advocate sometime
Mistreat a cat or a dog, and that animal soon takes on an ill appearance and an unfriendly personality. It stops grooming itself and fights with other animals. You never see one award-winning cat in a pack of alley cats. They all look the same. Why should children be any different? So these kids make mistakes, like so many teens do, but for whatever reason, they end up in the system while countless others go unpunished, often for the same crime.
Here is where the real crime begins. With their entire lives ahead of them, and the opportunity for the state to make a difference for once, the state instead turns its back. Many of the kids are put on psychological drugs. Some help, many do not...........
Friday, April 11, 2008
A coerced confession extracted three and a half years after the murder by overzealous Louisiana lawmen and riddled with inconsistencies was the prosecution's only evidence. Apathy, silence & passiveness of the general society, continues to delay/deny "justice".
http://www2. tbo. com/content/2008/apr/10/8-teens-be-tried-adults-polk-beating-case/
Well now where do you think these kids learned such bizarre behavior, they did know this was wrong, but again, they will be the ONLY ones punished, tho the enviornment they were surrounded in, the family and community background of these kids contribute to this behavior. Certainly this behavior is NOT condoned, and punishment is warranted for those involved, but "tried as adults"???? possibly life in prison???? is just too harsh, better served in the community is to place them at "an abuse shelter" for their sentencing, PRISON IS NOT THE ANSWER/SOLUTION to this incident.
Again, the thunder clatters, and prosecutors eagerly step up to tried these kids as adults, it is obvious they not only need angry management classes and counseling, but they are kids that need discipline, guidance and counseling about what exactly they did, to destroy their lives with "prison" terms, is barbaric and inhumane. Where is the compassion and mercy and most of all "justice"????? Again, the officials seem to contribute to "destruction" instead of "helping" these kids. Prison certainly will NOT make them a better person, but will learn to be a criminal!!!!
Monday, March 31, 2008
Factor in the reduction in community costs of crime, victim impact and the increased contribution the offender can make to his/her family and community by staying crime free and we have what is termed in the profession as a no-brainer.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
The New American Family: The State's Professional Parents
Professional parents are becoming the new trend in American family values. Foster parents,residential group homes, adoptive parents. What is happening?
Friday, March 21, 2008
denied by the board of pardons and parole.......
Can I scream now??? How inhumane can they get?????
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Our nation's children(under 1 8 ) are under seize. They are being held at zero tolerance levels in schools, & other areas in their young lives, infractions of the smallest mistakes, sometimes leads them facing officials, many under arrest, waivering their constitutional and Miranda rights, many are questioned without an attorney and investigations are NOT videotaped from the very beginning of questioning these children and should/must be in the presence of their attorney. Many young children have been arrested for an alleged crime, have been tried, convicted and sentenced as an adult, even at the very tender ages of 12, 13 yrs of age. Many have been convicted & sentenced on a "false confession".
The development of a person's brain has not completely developed, matured, until in their early twenties. This has been proven, a medical fact.
This is not a call of guilt or innocence, but the fact that children of this nation are being tried as an adult, they clearly are not. Children under 1 8, by law, are not allowed to do many things, I.E., get a tattoo, buy a car, cigarettes, watch x rated movies, get a job, sign a contract, etc, ALL of the amenities of an ADULT, yet if one gets into some trouble or commits an alleged crime, the officials seems to automatically waive their case up to adult court immediately. Some state laws dictates the case to go to adult court first, then the defense attorney has to petition the court to have the case remanded back to juvenile courts. Many children have been given long, harsh sentences, many with life and/or life without any possible chance of parole, due to the fact that state laws are written to treat children with adult sanctions, for the same crime, as if an adult committed the crime.
Laws must and need to be changed, reformed, governing "children". State laws statures, exception of about two states, dictate the definition of "child"/"juvenile", which is anyone who is under 18 yrs of age. Far too many children have met their doom in prison "forever" without any chance of parole, for a mistake allegedly made when ONLY a child. No chances, NO redemptions, NO counseling, NO rehabilitive efforts ever offered these children, little or NO educational efforts, leaving them to die off in prison. Families abandoning their incarcerated child, leaving them with NO visits, NO canteen funds, NO letters, NO NOTHING, NO "HOPE"!
Complaints from child inmates are staggering, of physical and mental abuse, rapes, molestations, use of physical restraints of which many have died. The physical and mental "torture" of these children is destroying them.
This is indeed, a direct violation of their constitutional amendments of "cruel and inhumane" treatment. If, in fact, punishment/incarceration is warranted/due, punishment is/should be administered in a juvenile detention facility, along with compassion, mercy, and a chance for these children to become productive members of society. This is NOT to coddle them, but treat them as a human being.
So many children never had a chance, and are dead, died behind bars, just awaiting for their trial date.
Has America become so cold, so callous, so unforgiving, so uncaring, so unwilling, as not to, at the very least reinvestigate the existing laws governing these children.
Tho victims are never forgotten, these children were and are victims also, victims of the so called "justice system". The present day laws are surely contributing to the destruction of our nation's children. Children do deserve a chance to redeem themselves, a "chance" never offered, a chance of becoming a productive member of society. This act is a crime, within itself, state sanctioned murder, which the officials "justify", this "cruel and inhumane" treatment of "children".
Law reform for juveniles in this country is a must/imperative. It will take the active participation and voices of the American people to save our nation's children.
There are P.O.W camps right here in America's backyards.