Wednesday, November 26, 2008

(NV)JUVENILE COURT CERTIFICATION LAW ERASED/UNCONSTITUTIONAL

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2008/11/26/state/n162737S74.DTL

Juvenile court certification law erased /unconstitutional

(excerpt)

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

Corruption of injustice system/Juveniles get LIFE

http://socialistworker.org/2008/11/14/corruption-of-the-injustice-system

(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

(FL)Injustice of a child/got lwop/other killers gets deals

http://www.miamiherald.com/431/story/765680.html

(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.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Changes to TEEN life sentence laws sought

http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20081110/OPINION01/811100318

(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.
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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

America's Imprisoned Children/ Life without any HOPE

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/aug/04/usa.edpilkington

excerpt-
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?