Thursday, February 14, 2008

Junvenile Lifers should have an OPTION for parole!

“Children are simply less culpable than adults,” Klawiter said. “Because they are not yet fully formed, children are capable of change and rehabilitation and reform.”

How many thousands of times have we advocates said the above, again it is such a simple equation, children are NOT adults!! Why do they have to do study after study to come to the above conclusion??? DUH The children are being just warehoused!!! Even if they are lucky to get parole, they will NOT have any educational and social skills to help them blend into society, NO rehabilitive efforts to help prepare them for the "outside world". They will be at the sheer mercy of anyone who is kind enough to offer them a helping hand. What a disgrace our nation has become!!!!! By time officials get around to changing the laws, there will be a lot of DEAD imprisoned children!!!

ALL juvenile justice advocates are strongly URGED to send letters and/or contact your local, state and federal officials, and the media, requesting of them to investigate the present day laws "governing children"!!!! BE A VOICE FOR THESE CHILDREN, if we DON'T, WHO WILL???

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http://www.jg-tc.com/articles/2008/02/13/news/doc47b3a342a91eb420002779.txt

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 9:29 PM CST
New study: Juvenile lifers should have option of parole
By KENNETH LOWE,
JG/T-C Springfield Bureau
SPRINGFIELD —

A study released Wednesday urges the state of Illinois to do away with sentencing juveniles to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Illinois Coalition for the Fair Sentencing of Children released the report. The coalition, which includes law firms, law schools, and human rights organizations, identified 103 people in Illinois prisons who were sentenced to life without possibility of parole when they were minors.

Rich Klawiter, a Chicago attorney and member of the coalition, said neurological and psychological studies show that sentencing minors to life imprisonment is inappropriate. “Children are simply less culpable than adults,” Klawiter said. “Because they are not yet fully formed, children are capable of change and rehabilitation and reform.”


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