Monday, March 31, 2008

(CA)Prevent crime, prevent prison crowding

An ounce of "prevention" is always WORTH A POUND OF "CURE" A must read, get involved, become an active participant, FOR CHANGE!

http://www.modbee.com/opinion/community/story/254586.html

(excerpt)

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

Voices of Women/ Voices for the children

http://WWW.nolanchart.Com/article3288.HTML


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

Cold, Harsh, REALITY, of this government

Incarcerated father was refused to be able to see his dying child, who has cancer,
denied by the board of pardons and parole.......

Can I scream now??? How inhumane can they get?????

http://abcnews.go.Com/TheLaw/Story?id=4490468&page=3

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Candidates campaigning, SO SHOULD WE, advocates for JUSTICE

My Opinion

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.

YOUTH JUSTICE/REAUTHORIZE PREVENTION ACT

http://www.streetinsider.com/Press+Releases/PROFNET+EXPERT+ALERTS:+Government+&%3B+Law/3474788.html

(excerpt)

JUSTICE: KEEP KIDS OUT OF JAILS AND REAUTHORIZE THE JUVENILE JUSTICE & DELINQUENCY PREVENTION ACT.
LIZ RYAN, founder and CEO of the CAMPAIGN FOR YOUTH JUSTICE:

"Today, thousands of kids languish in adult jails because of a loophole in the federal law. According to a CDC Task Force Report, youth who are prosecuted as adults are, on average, 34 percent more likely to commit crimes than youth retained in the juvenile justice system. Juveniles make up less than 5 percent of violent crimes in the United States.

Congress can take action now to protect kids from the dangers of adult jails by updating the Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act to reflect the original intent of the law by extending the 'jail removal' provision to all kids, no matter what court their case is processed in. At the same time, we can ensure that the JJDPA provides states with the resources, training and technical assistance they need to implement reform.

The U.S. House of Representatives will introduce a bill after the Easter recess."

Ryan can provide a detailed snapshot of upcoming federal legislation and what states are doing to protect kids.

Former incarcerated youth are also available for comment. News Contact: Eric Solomon, esolomon@campaign4youthjustice.org
Phone: +1-202-558-3580, ext. 20 (3/19/0 8 )

SOURCE ProfNet

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

THE "FOCUS"/A BETRAYAL TO OUR NATION'S CHILDREN

If our nation's children could get the "media attention", that the former governor and incoming governor of NY is getting, perhaps advocates would have accomplished something. The activities of both are in every paper and media news on the net. Our so called "leaders" of this nation. Yet "officials" are so very eager to arrest, try, convict and sentence a "child" for the smallest of an "infraction", "mistake", holding children at a "zero tolerance" level, what about all these ADULTS, and their behavior as a PUBLIC SERVANT???? Will "they" actually be punished???? Will "they" get "prison" time????I dare to think NOT. The apathy and passiveness in reference to our nation's children in general society continues to contribute to their deaths and doom. Who is more important??? Officials who have affairs, those who are corrupt???? Where is the "justice" for our nation's children????? WHEN will there ever be "justice" for the children????? Far, far too many children in prison that SHOULD NOT BE THERE.Many have already DIED behind bars, many got LIFE, and LIFE WITH "NO" CHANCE OF PAROLE, for mistakes made as a "child". Most sentenced AS AN ADULT, they CLEARLY are NOT. When and where is the "justice"????

Who and when will the officials and the people of this nation, speak up for these and so many other children caught up in such a grossly broken "juvenile injustice system"?????

YOU BETTER THINK AGAIN, IF YOU THINK "YOUR" CHILD CAN'T BE "NEXT".
Please be a "voice" for your own children, as well as for all of our nation's children.

THE "SILENCE" IS DEAFENING

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Children Rejected/Betrayed/Abandoned/Forgotten

A "promise" to keep in touch, communicate, be a friend, but many imprisoned children have been rejected, betrayed, abandoned & forgotten, many by their "own" families. A commitment/promise broken, leaving the imprisoned child feeling so alone, again rejected and betrayed by the very ones who had made a commitment to be their "friend". Being incarcerated is bad enough, but for a child to "count on" one being a friend, a promise to communicate with them, only to let them down, yet again, when they were such trusting souls, to even allow one to enter their lives, such as it is. What devastating heart ache, and undue emotional trauma for these children.

No compassion, NO mercy, NO nothing!!! Many of them, have NO one to call a "friend", left to death and doom. What a cruel, evil world we are forced to live in, witnessing the many atrocities against children, who made a mistake "as a child".

One of those imprisoned children could have been YOURS.

People are strongly urged to get involved in the juvenile justice law REFORM, and help stop this madness of "destroying" our nation’s children. If we don’t, WHO WILL????

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Juvenile Offenders NOT beyond redemption/DISCARDED SOULS

Children DO "deserve" a "chance", to take "their lives" is state sanctioned murder" of any child.

http://venturacountystar.com/news/2008/mar/09/discarded-souls/

Juvenile offenders not beyond redemption Discarded souls
By Tony Throop

Thursday, March 6, 2008

In this election year, WHO IS SPEAKING OUT FOR OUR NATION'S "CHILDREN"???

Imprisoned children faces such atrocities daily, of possibly rapes/molestations/beatings, and some have already met their deaths. Abuse statistics are staggering, many are so thin and frail due to lack of nutritous meals, some of the kids that I visit, are very thin and pale, lack of nutrition, affects their skin as well as all organs of their bodies. Another form of abuse. If you could only see the pictures of these kids BEFORE and AFTER sentencing. Shortly after incarceration, their skins shows pimples all over their faces, that was NOT there before, weight loss is a big problem, again due to lack of proper nutrition.

Many are placed on LOCKDOWN for months at a time, that is 23 hrs a day, 7 days a week, many have NO canteen funds, NO visits, NO mail, NO NOTHING, for the smallest infraction/mistake they might make while incarcerated. Many are in prison, that are in fact, INNOCENT OF THE CHARGES!! Warehoused like caged animals, just waiting to DIE off!!

WHERE IS THE JUSTICE??

CONVENTION RIGHTS OF A CHILD"
http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu2/6/crc/treaties/crc.htm

ARTICLE 37
The basic premise of the Convention is that children (all human beings below the age of 1 8 ) are born with fundamental freedoms and the inherent rights of all human beings. Many governments have enacted legislation, created mechanisms and put into place a range of creative measures to ensure the protection and realisation of the rights of those under the age of 18. Each government must also report back on children's rights in their country.

States Parties shall ensure that:
(a) No child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Neither capital punishment nor life imprisonment without possibility of release shall be imposed for offences committed by persons below eighteen years of age;

(b) No child shall be deprived of his or her liberty unlawfully or arbitrarily. The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child shall be in conformity with the law and shall be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time;

(c) Every child deprived of liberty shall be treated with humanity and respect for the inherent dignity of the human person, and in a manner which takes into account the needs of persons of his or her age. In particular, every child deprived of liberty shall be separated from adults unless it is considered in the child's best interest not to do so and shall have the right to maintain contact with his or her family through correspondence and visits, save in exceptional circumstances;

(d) Every child deprived of his or her liberty shall have the right to prompt access to legal and other appropriate assistance, as well as the right to challenge the legality of the deprivation of his or her liberty before a court or other competent, independent and impartial authority, and to a prompt decision on any such action.

ABUSE is ALIVE in these facilities. Abuse nation wide is in epidemic figures.

Please join us in campaigning for JUVENILE JUSTICE "LAW REFORM"

APATHY, PASSIVENESS is contributing to THIS GOV'T KILLING OUR NATION'S CHILDREN!!!YOUR "CHILD" COULD BE "NEXT"!!!

This madness must END!!

http://www.kidsincourt.net/
http://www.whoopassforjustice.org/
http://www.myspace.com/knightgale

Sunday, March 2, 2008

LOCKING UP THE "YOUNG"/JUVENILES "DOOM"




This is a letter Rebecca sent to me, to send to a reporter in Florida, Mr. Cotteral, am surprised but so glad to see they considered her letter "important" enough to have it published. Am sending Rebecca a copy of this article, she can see it did get published. There is a pic of Rebecca on the link below.

LIFE WITH "NO" CHANCE OF PAROLE, for a mistake made as a "child"
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http://www.ocala.com/article/20080302/OPINION/803020333/1183/OPINION