Wednesday, January 23, 2008

(MI)YOUTH INMATES COULD GET CHANCE OF FREEDOM

This consideration is long overdue in ALL states, we have always advocated for these children to be "at least" "offered" a "chance", tho under the present day law, they are given NO chances, NO guidance, NO counseling, NO rehabilitation, with many being totally abandoned by their own families, with NO visitations, NO mail, NO canteen funds, left in such a foreign world, only to "die" in prison. Juvenile Justice Law "REFORM" is imperative, to help "save" our nation's children. We do NOT condone any crime, and punishment is warranted, if in fact 100% guilty of, but punishment should be administered as a "child" they are, along with guidance, counseling, educational and rehabilitive efforts, to help them become a "productive" member of society. The present day treatment of juveniles in this nation, is barbaric and inhumane. Sentencing with NO "chance" for redemption, is "state sanctioned" murder of these children. Unfortunately, the U. S. is the world's leader, in incarcerating juveniles as adults, with over 2,000 serving life and life with NO chance of parole, leaving them to "die" in prison, for "mistakes" "made" as a "child".
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(MI)YOUTH INMATES COULD GAIN FREEDOM
http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080123/NEWS06/801230445/1001/NEWS
Young killers could get new chance at freedomJanuary 23, 2008
Michigan's teenage killers serving life sentences with no chance of parole would be given a chance to regain their freedom under legislation set for consideration in a state House committee today.
The legislation would scale back one of the key measures enacted in the 1980s to deal with public fear over a rise in violent crime committed by young people. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Paul Condino, D-Southfield, said Tuesday that it is "sad and tragic" that juvenile criminals are being locked up for life, with no chance of rehabilitation or the opportunity to contribute to society.
The legislation would make juveniles who were tried as adults and convicted of first-degree murder eligible for parole consideration. One bill also would grant similar opportunity for those convicted of life-without-parole offenses at 17.
Among the backers are the ACLU, the Michigan Catholic Conference and juvenile-rights activists who complain that treatment of juvenile criminals in Michigan in particular violates international standards.
But the measure faces long odds for approval because of opposition from law enforcement agencies and advocates for victims' rights.


By Dawson Bell

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