Tuesday, December 29, 2009

FREEDOM FOR DUSTY/ A NAVY SEAL

Please read full article and lend your support for freedom for Dusty

http://www.freedusty.com

JUDGES IMMUNE/ THIS IS SOOO WRONG, NO JUSTICE

PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE...............no justice!!!

http://www.standardspeaker.com/news/lawsuit-ciavarella-based-sentence-on-birds-1.514326

"Ciavarella is immune, the federal judge said, from liability for any decisions he made while on the bench.
U.S. Supreme Court rulings dating to 1871 have established judges cannot be sued for their actions from the bench, even if they act in bad faith, U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo, said"

The above literally allows judges to do whatever they want to do, right or wrong, and will go unpunished for deliberately doing a "wrong"....That "ruling" certainly needs to be "changed"....NO JUSTICE!!! THIS IS SOOO WRONG!!!!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Zero Tolerance: Sensible Change in Policy

The zero tolerance policy is long overdue for an amendment, many cases that went forward to involved law enforcement was NOT necessary at all, hopefully this change in policy will benefit all the children, as well as adults. Bear in mind, children are still growing and learning, there is so much exposure to their young minds, we, as adults have a duty to "guidance" and "discipline" them, but not contribute to them having a "record", for mistakes made as a "child". Of course I well understand/realize some issues warrant law enforcement involvment, but each case should be investigated thoroughly and proper steps taken, in helping all concerned.

http://www.theledger.com/article/20091213/EDIT01/912135019/1398

Some say 13-year-olds should remain in juvenile system

Punishment is warranted, but as the children they ARE....... with discipline, to include rehabilitative efforts to help them become productive members of society, far too many children are being locked away and throwing away the "key". So many "children" NEVER had a "chance", never "offered" a "chance to "change."

http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091213/NEWS/912119967

Thursday, December 3, 2009

OFFICIALS SAY 14 YR OLD GIRL UNFIT TO BE TRIED AS JUVENILE

"The request for a finding that a child is unfit for Juvenile Court is generally made by prosecutors seeking to try a child as an adult".

http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/sdcounty/article_62783c6f-f8a4-550a-a1eb-ae47f75fd8aa.html


It disgusts me to read they say, "this child is UNFIT"...HOW DO "THEY" KNOW????
Tho in this case, this "child" should be punished, BUT as a child, the above article actually states they have given up on her, she is beyond rehabilitation or redemption. FAR too many of our nation's youth are just thrown away, with NO help, NO guidance, NO counseling, NO rehabilitative efforts, offered NO chances to even attempt to turn their lives around, a "chance" to become a "productive" member of society. Prosecutors are experts in the field of anatomy, psychology, physiology of the human brain and body??? Crime is NOT condoned here, but she is 14 yrs of age, clearly NOT an adult. Justice must be "tempered" with compassion and mercy. Until that happens, more and more "children" will be "destroyed" by the present day laws, prosecutors have been allowed entirely TOO much "power" in governing these cases. Juvenile law reform is "imperative", to help save our nation's youth!!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

GLOBAL WRITE-A-THON~AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

Thought you'd be interested in this project, Please join us "caring & sharing" for others. You CAN help make a "difference"

http://www.amnestyusa.org/emails/I1012A01.html

Study on Trying and Sentencing Children as Adults




This article brings out/repeats what we juvenile advocates have been saying for years, there have been many "studies" on this subject, but when will the officials listen and take action? Juvenile LAW REFORM is imperative to help save our nation's "youth" from doom and "deaths."
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The report, 'From Time Out to Hard Time: Young Children in the Adult Criminal Justice System,' provides a comprehensive look at how the nation treats pre-adolescent children (primarily those age 12 and under) who commit serious crimes.

http://www.prweb.com/releases/LBJ/2009/prweb3285084.htm


Children should be handled in the juvenile justice system, where they can obtain the rehabilitative services and programs necessary to help them become productive adults. Lawmakers must reconsider and reverse these punitive laws.

JAIL BREAK/The stories of six people wrongly accused of murder come to haunting life


I included a pic of Kerry Max Cook's book, A MUST READ.........

http://www.citypaper.com/arts/story.asp?id=19383

JUSTICE UNDONE? NO INCENTIVE FOR "TRYING"

Crime is NOT to be condoned and punishment warranted if 100% guilty, but NOT to consider any fact of this young man's efforts of turning his life around was a gross INjustice. Prison will in fact strip him of all he ever accomplished so far, and learn of things no one should ever be exposed to. So what kind of man will he be, when he is finally released. There is cause here to be bitter and angry, for even tho he "tried"/made an effort to amend his ways, he still got kicked in the teeth(so to speak.)


http://www.mountainx.com/news/2009/120209justice_undone

Judge Downs wasn't moved. Although he did rule that Peterson's "local support network" and acceptance of responsibility for his crime were mitigating factors, he still sent the young man to prison for 44 months

Monday, November 30, 2009

JUSTICE DENIED/KIDS FOR CASH

One of many reasons, exactly WHY parents/guardians/children must know/be aware of their "constitutional/legal rights! Most do NOT know, it is imperative to get involved in getting educated about one's legal rights... this is what happens when greed, selfishness and corruptiveness comes into play..many shattered lives, broken hearts and "damaged kids!" All in the greed for $$$!! Where is the "real" justice??

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/front_page/20091130_Civil_cases_against_judges_involve_emotional_suffering.html

Friday, November 27, 2009

THE 3 WORLDS OF JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM

A MUST READ, very educational and informative.......

http://www.straightahead.org/resources/Articles/Article021201.html

By: Dr. Scott J. Larson

JUSTICE FOR YOUNG OFFENDERS

http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2009/nov/27/justice-for-young-offenders/


(excerpt)Please READ full article, so important

"He cites a study by researchers at the University of Texas that found, in 22 states and the District of Columbia, children "as young as 7 can be prosecuted and tried in adult court where they would be subjected to harsh adult sanctions, including long prison terms, mandatory sentences, and placement in adult prison."

Thursday, November 26, 2009

THE PUPPET.........A MUST READ

http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/marquez.html

Well worth reading, just wanted to share, PLEASE BE SURE TO READ "THE PUPPET"

(an excerpt)
"If for a moment God would forget that I am a rag doll and give me a scrap of life, possibly I would not say everything that I think, but I would definitely think everything that I say............"

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

LIFE FOR "CHILDREN"/WHAT ABOUT REDEMPTION?

Important for us ALL to read, "help" instead of "destroy", these children did NOT get to where they are today, ALL by themselves!

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/nov/26/life-for-children/

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Media violence & children

http://www.bworldonline.com/main/content.php?id=2095

(excerpt)Well worth reading by all....

"Just as I earlier expressed concern over children’s early exposure to sex as resulting in the loss of innocence, Steyer also says that "a generation that has been repeatedly exposed to intense, realistic violence grows up with more acceptance of aggression, less resistance to brutality, and less compassion -- indeed, a numbing effect." Media cannot disclaim responsibility over violence eventually robbing us of "the tragic sense of life necessary for compassion -- and a compassionless society is something that all of us should fear."

On Trial: System That Locks Children up for Life Without Hope of Freedom

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/11/24-4

Protesters say teenagers must be given a chance of redemption - even if their crimes are horrific.

(excerpt)Well worth reading full article

"Of all the issues being considered by the Supreme Court this winter, none is more emotionally charged than life sentences for teenagers. The justices must decide whether sending minors to prison without any possibility of parole is a "cruel and unusual punishment" prohibited by the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution. It is a narrow point of law, but the purpose of America's penal system is in the dock."

APPEAL "LIFE SENTENCES" FOR JUVENILES

http://www.thedailyaztec.com/state-of-mind/mass-medium-appeal-life-sentence-for-young-offenders-1.2097221#4


I agree with this summation, all cases of children under the age of 18, should be dealt with in a "juvenile court of law", as the child they ARE. If a child is 100% guilty of a crime, indeed punishment is "warranted" But as a "child", NOT with ADULT sanctions. To include not only incarceration for a period of time, also with discipline, counseling, rehabilitative efforts to help them become "productive members of society". At the very least, OFFER them a "chance", if they do not try to change or conform in being productive, they will continue to face that sentencing. They should be evaluated periodically during their incarceration, for any improvements in their lives, and recommendations made accordingly by the governing facility. Far too many "children" are ware housed, with NO chance, NO hope, NO counseling, NO rehabilitative efforts, only to die off in prison, for "mistakes" made as a "child". Juvenile LAW REFORM is long overdue, to help save our nation's youth.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Seems it's all about money/where is the justice??

Do justice like Texas. Really
By Randy Schultz and R

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/opinion/columnists/do-justice-like-texas-really-75920.html

(excerpt)

It's the easy political call. No one ever lost an election by being "tough on crime." As more states are learning, however, it's more important to be smart on crime. Lock up only the dangerous. Try to rehabilitate the others. Don't criminalize mental illness or addiction. Treat it. Help ex-offenders reenter society. Turn around a person's life, and you prevent a crime. Smarter. Cheaper. Safer.

Destruction of a "child"/WAKE UP AMERICA"

A quote "comments", I recieved on my support blog.........an absolute must read........
many children get involved in sexual activity in their teens, BUT it does NOT mean that they are "predators". A very UNJUST case, one of many against teens. Where is the "real and true justice"? Support petition available on his site, please do consider signing it and share with others.

"Our children are being used as sacrificial lambs to pass laws which violate our federal and state constitutions and it appears no one is willing to tell the truth or to base laws on fact based evidence instead of hate and revenge. Hope you will read Brandon and rickys stories: http://www.freebrandon.org/ or http://www.rickyslife.com/


How many children are lost to the system? With the Federal AWA juveniles will be forced to become labeled as monsters if we do not advocate for reform now. More info please email me rickysmom@rickyslife.com"

Saturday, November 21, 2009

GO TO JAIL OR SPEND TIME WITH DAD ??

Tho background circumstances are unknown in this case, what is the point in jailing this child, because he does not want to have "visitation" with his father.? He is 14, old enough to know who he wants to be/live with. Why "punish" this child with jail time? Is that going to make him a better person? Will jail time make him change his mind about his father? Will jail time help improve the overall situation? Could there not have been other alternative solutions to these circumstances? AND, once he is placed in juvenile detention, what will happen to him there? Will he be safe? Will he recieve the care and nurturing a young child needs in this situation? The judge sends him to "juvenile detention" center, just because he does not want to "visit" with his father! A "contempt of court" charge! What's MORE important? A contempt of court charge, or the emotional trauma this child is forced to endure??? It will only made this child more bitter, more rebellious, more non-compliment, so really nothing "positive" gets accomplished. This child should NOT be "forced" to stay with his father. Where is the "in the best interest of the child" concerns? Unfortunately, many children in the past have injured or killed their parent/s....this concern within itself, should be a "red flag" in the mind of that judge!!! No one can predict, the mindset of this child, if he is "forced" visitations with his father.

http://www.walb.com/Global/story.asp?S=11547266

Friday, November 20, 2009

We are everywhere/Think about it!

Well worth reading.........


For those who forget that the incarcerated humans in this country are indeed just that - HUMAN - I would like you to think on this the next time you talk about “inmates, criminals, convicts, etc…”. These humans have families and those who love them despite whatever they did. Look around you and wonder, because this is who we are….......

We take care of your children and grandchildren in nursery schools, we give them shots in the doctor’s office, we are dental assistants, we are school teachers and Sunday school teachers, we stand behind you in the grocery store, we prepare your medicine in the drug store, we work in banks, we approve your loans, we service your insurance claims, we work for newspapers, TV stations and radio stations, we read your electric meters and water meters, we are your landlords, your neighbors, we take care of your elderly parents in nursing homes, we are doctors, nurses, lab technicians, X-ray technicians, we own beauty shops, flower shops, printing shops, we are welders, plumbers, tree trimmers, we work for the IRS, the State Dept., in the courthouse, schools, churches, drug stores and toy stores, we are legal secretaries, lawyers, police officers, firemen, paramedics, movie stars, producers, directors, musicians, senators, school board members, we are bus drivers, we prepare meals for your kids in school, we are city council members, bank tellers, we process your checking account, your saving account, we work at your Social Security office, your insurance company, we are accountants, we take care of your IRA, stocks, bonds, we sell your kids bikes, school supplies, clothes, shoes, eyeglasses, we repair your cars, we are real estate agents, car dealers, college professors, psychologists, administrative assistants, safety engineers and ranchers. We work at Ralphs, Albertsons, Trader Joe’s, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Target, Macy’s, Nordstrom and Saks 5th Avenue. We sell Avon and Tupperware. We are not all “on welfare”, no matter what the government would like you to think.

Our children set next your child on the bus, in school, at church, they play at the park together, the sleep over at your house, they sell you Girl Scout cookies, they are in the Cub Scouts together, they go to college together, play sports together, go to the movies, the mall, theme parks, they swim together, they talk on the phone with your child, cut your lawn, rake your leaves, walk your dog, and do it with a smile on their face even when society sees them as the spawn of evil.

There are two million people in prison in America and twice that many on parole and probation. Add in mothers, fathers, children, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, wives, husbands and friends and about sixteen million people are personally affected by the prison system in the United States.

We are tired of letting ourselves feel humiliated or embarrassed because our loved one is in prison. We did nothing wrong, and they are paying for their crime!

We are tired of fearing the loss of our jobs or evictions from our housing should anyone find out we have a loved one in prison.

We are tired of being made to feel inferior or unwelcome in churches, clubs, organizations or society in general simply because we refuse to abandon our loved ones.

We are ready to unite, to come out of hiding and openly support each other and our loved ones. It’s a new day, America and we’re here to prove it!

We are ready to speak out against the “they deserve what they get” attitude we hear you talk about in stores, theaters and restaurants, and on the internet.

We number in the millions, we are everywhere, every state, county, city and town. We may even live next door to you.

Sixteen million and counting.
We are everywhere.
Think about it.

– Author Unknown

A repost from http://lovingaconvict.ning.com/forum/topics/we-are-everywhere

Chance for change: Life sentence removes hope for juvenile reform

Please get involved, educate, activate, and participate, laws affect ALL of our nation's youth!

http://www.pennlive.com/editorials/index.ssf/2009/11/chance_for_change_life_sentenc.html

America must join the civilized world on teen life sentences

http://thedailyvoice.com/voice/2009/11/america-must-join-the-civilize-002406.php

Please read full article........Juvenile Law Reform is imperative to help save our nation's youth from doom and deaths!

"The Supreme Court in its decision to ban juvenile executions recognized that a civilized nation can't call itself that if it executes its very young. The Supreme Court should recognize that a nation that locks up its very young and tosses the key away on them also can't be called a civilized nation. It should scrap the no-parole life sentences for juveniles"

Monday, November 16, 2009

Don't eliminate HOPE FOR JUVENILES

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2009/nov/16/dont-eliminate-hope

Juvenile Lifers deserve second chance

Throwing away the "key" for these children is "a slow "death"/state sanctioned murder", indicating these children do not deserve redemption or any chances to prove they can "turn" their lives around and become "productive" citizens. IE: Many children were sentenced to life with NO chance of parole, and they did NOT murder anyone.
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http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/nov/16/na-juvenile-lifers-deserve-second-look


"It is impossible to know what any juvenile offender will grow up to become," their brief says. "But it is also impossible to conclude that any juvenile offender has no redeeming potential."

"Juveniles who commit serious crimes deserve to serve serious time, perhaps even a life sentence. But they should have an opportunity someday to show they have changed and are deserving of another chance at freedom"

A guiding light/support for families

There are approx 2.8 million incarcerated, just in the U.S. L.A.C is phenomenal support and resource informational pages to help families of the incarcerated, far too many shattered lives and broken hearts, the emotional aspects are devastating. You will find compassion, caring and support.

One of many resources on the net, for family/children support.
http://lovingaconvict.ning.com

Saturday, November 14, 2009

How old is old "enough"? Judging children or adults?

Excellent article

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/15/weekinreview/15ramp.html?_r=2


"These contradictions can be discomfiting. It seems unfair to grant a young person the responsibilities of a grownup without granting that young person the rights of a grownup, too. If the court treats a 13-year-old as an adult, should the DVD rental store, too? What about the local bars?......"

Adolescents & Prison Life without parole

An excellent article, encourage a full read by this lady, Jean Mercer, is a developmental psychologist with a special interest in parent-infant relationships
Jean Mercer, Ph.D.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/child-myths/200911/adolescents-and-life-without-parole

Thursday, November 12, 2009

AZ JUDGE WANTS PRISON RATHER THAN TREATMENT FOR 9 YR OLD??

Please note, comment section available, if you wish to leave yours, mine is below....

http://www.examiner.com/x-27163-Phoenix-Law-Enforcement-Examiner~y2009m11d12-Arizona-judge-wants-to-sentence-a-9-year-old-to-prison--rather-than-treat-him?#comments



Best therapy this child can recieve is under the direction and supervision of his own mother and to recieve mandated counseling, the "emotional nurturing" for this child, no one can do it better than his own mother....Some one give this child a "chance" to grow up to become a productive member of society.

He has gone thru ENOUGH, so has his mother!!

A 2nd chance at freedom for juvenile offenders

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2009/11/09/a_2d_chance_at_freedom_for_juvenile_offenders


Paul Farmer, MD, PhD is professor of social medicine in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where he is chairman and is cofounder of Partners In Health, an international nonprofit health care organization. He is the author of “Pathologies of Power’’ and co-editor of “Global Health in Times of Violence.’’

THE LITTLE BOY NO ONE WANTS/WHERE IS THE "JUSTICE" FOR THIS CHILD?

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2009-11-11-nineyearoldkiller_N.htm#uslPageReturn


PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE.........

Ariz. struggles with case of 9-year-old in killings
By Dennis Wagner, USA TODAY

What's to become of a 9-year-old boy who pleaded guilty in connection with a homicide? That question has tied the Apache County, Ariz., justice system in knots in the year since the boy was accused of killing his father and another man in the eastern Arizona town of St. Johns

Fl leads nation in locking up kids in adult jails

Juvenile LAW REFORM is long overdue, "children" are NOT "adults"!

http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/florida-leads-nation-in-locking-up-kids-in-adult-jails/1051218

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Rethinking Juvenile Justice/Excellent

http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmpr/?Page=News&storyID=15404


"Every child has a story with a different beginning, middle and end," says Christensen. "And every one of them deserves to be told in its own unique way. Throughout my entire career I've never been able to use labels. You've got to see these kids for who they are and identify their strengths and build on them."

A SENTENCE TOO CRUEL FOR CHILDREN

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/22/AR2009102203803_pf.html


By (former Senator)Alan K. Simpson PLEASE READ "FULL" ARTICLE
Friday, October 23, 2009

Rather than serving in the U.S. Senate for almost 20 years, or having so many other wonderful life experiences, I could have served a longer sentence in prison for some of the stupid, reckless things I did as a teenager. I am grateful to have gotten a second chance -- and I believe our society should make a sustained investment in offering second chances to our youth........

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Senator Simpson: Give kids a chance

Many children are in prison, for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, so easily "influenced" by "others", and did NOT murder anyone, but was present at the time "others" actually did the crime, but got long, hard, cold sentencing, for "that" mistake!

What about the 8 and 11 yr old children that alledgedly committed murder? Wonder what the U. S. Supreme Court think about those children, so young, yet many "out there" feel "they" also should be sent to "life" with "no" chance of parole. Is this NOT barbaric and inhumane. NO compassion, NO mercy, a sentence to a "slow" death, is STILL the "death penalty", STILL state sanctioned "murder" of those children.!!
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http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming/article_2a7daaa2-cdbc-11de-bfc2-001cc4c03286.html


PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday about whether it is cruel and unusual punishment to sentence certain juvenile offenders to life in prison without the possibility of parole.......

Monday, November 9, 2009

DEATHS OF THE INNOCENT, TOO/ADDICTION DENIAL

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-tian-dayton/dianne-schuler-when-denia_b_351295.html


So important to us all, please read full article

"Addiction kills. It breaks hearts, tears lives apart and kills people. By the droves. Every day. What if we stopped denying it?

Sis Wenger, President and CEO of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (www.nacoa.org), says that "people are willing to support children all over the world who are hungry, needing surgery so they can smile again or in need of food, shelter or medicine. But they can't see the one in four children who suffer in silence, fear and confusion right here in our own communities......."

BULLYING IN SCHOOLS/ EVERYWHERE!

A growing very serious problem, not only in schools, but everywhere in a "child's" enviornment. Many times, these children ARE in danger of injuries and/or death.

http://myhighplains.com/content/fulltext/?cid=92211



BULLYING/NATION'S IGNORED KILLER~~**ALERTS**
http://www.whoopassforjustice.org/viewforum.php?f=55

Sunday, November 8, 2009

What about this child?

On Nov 9th, U. S. Supreme Court is to rule on 2 Fl cases, referencing Juveniles sentenced to life with no chance of parole for non-homicial cases. Krista McDaniel is one of many children (under 18) who got caught up with the wrong people, at the wrong time, from dysfunctional families, Krista a baby born to a teen mother of only 15 herself, no father in her life, wounded up with the wrong people, children are so easily "influenced"by others. Krista, like other incarcerated children did not do a murder, but yet, got a long, harsh sentencing, with NO chances, NO redemption, NO guidance, NO counseling, NO educational efforts, NO nothing to look forward to, to better themselves ONCE they are released.
Children are in a "growing process", the anatomy, physiology and phychology of the human brain is constantly changing, growing into "adulthood". Chances to "redeem" themselves, are never offered by officials, never given a chance of evaluations periodically during their incarcerations. What "incentives" do they have?
The simply offer of a "chance" is long overdue for many of these children. Many of them have "grown up" behind those cell walls, but try hard to better themselves in hopes one day, the "chance" will come along their way. It IS cruel and inhumane they are NOT "offered" at the very least, a "chance" to "prove themselves" to society, they are NOT a bad person.

For the sake and life of Krista's and many other children in America, It is my most sincere wish, the courts will deeply consider the developing stages of a growing child, and consider giving them that ONE chance, that was NEVER OFFERED!

http://www.whoopassforjustice.org/viewforum.php?f=34

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Is there no redemption for children?

http://www.ajc.com/opinion/is-there-no-redemption-187749.html


(excerpt) PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE

When we sentence a 13-year-old or 17-year-old to life in prison without any chance of parole, we not only convey our views on the child’s actions, we also make a powerful statement about ourselves.

Jonathan Todres is a law professor at Georgia State University.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Throwing away the "key"/Juveniles deserve a "chance"

http://www.mercedsunstar.com/359/story/1151567.html

(excerpt)PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE

The American Bar Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Psychological Association support giving juveniles a chance at parole.

So does former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., whose own life story is persuasive. As a youth, Simpson burned down an abandoned federal building and fought with a police officer. He said most juveniles convicted of terrible crimes may well remain locked up, but they at least deserve the possibility of a second chance.

Monday, November 2, 2009

The Right "not" to be "framed"/Can prosecutors be sued?

Such a gross miscarriage of "justice"...NO one should have "immunity" from such atrocities!! All Americans face "accountability", SO SHOULD PROSECUTORS, who have been found, in these cases of horrible misjustices!!


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/01/AR2009110101950.html?wpisrc=newsletter

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Dont' give up on the kids~A Quest for Freedom/R. Dewayne Betts

Please read full article and share, R. Dewayne Betts~A QUEST for Freedom

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bal-op.rashid01nov01,0,203765.story

"Children" deserve a "chance" of "redemption", many are never even "offered" that "chance", to become a productive member of society. Far too many have gotten a "slow death sentence", life with NO chance of parole, is "state sanctioned murder" of those children. And this is "justice"?? "Taking" the "life" of these children is a crime within itself. There must be alternative solutions for our nation's youth.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

PRISON LIFE 101~NOT FOR KIDS/"JUST" FOR KIDS

A MUST READ, very informative resource, to help you be in the know, one of many sites of useful information.

What one needs to know before going to prison.

PRISON Life 101

http://www.wild-side.com/darksorrow/prison101.html


NOT FOR KIDS/"JUST" FOR KIDS........ A MUST READ BY KIDS/PARENTS/GUARDIANS


http://www.wild-side.com/darksorrow/kids.html

16-Yr Old/LWOP for Killing Her Abusive Pimp/Should Teens Be Condemned to Die in Jail?

The circumstances and background history of this case is appauling, but this child DOES deserve a chance in life. Life prison sentence with NO chance of parole or any redemption what so ever, is barbaric and inhumane, it is "state sanctioned murder" of this child, and so many others who have been sentenced with LWOP.
PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE.......
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http://www.alternet.org/rights/143635/16-year_old_got_life_without_parole_for_killing_her_abusive_pimp_--_should_teens_be_condemned_to_die_in_jail


Two cases in the Supreme Court could alter the fates of over 2,500 people serving life without parole for crimes they committed as teenagers.

Sara Kruzan was only 16,sentenced to life with NO chance of parole, for killing a pimp.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Supreme Court Will Scrutinize Life Sentences for Juveniles

PLEASE read full article, these laws affect ALL of our nation's youth, NOW and in the future of ALL children.

http://www.politicsdaily.com/2009/10/29/supreme-court-will-scrutinize-life-sentences-for-juveniles


In majority opinion in the 2005 case, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote, "The reality that juveniles still struggle to define their identity means it is less supportable to conclude that even a heinous crime committed by a juvenile is evidence of irretrievably depraved character. . . It would be misguided to equate the failings of a minor with those of an adult, for a greater possibility exists that a minor's character deficiencies will be reformed."

SARAH KRUZAN(16)LIFE/WITH NO CHANCE OF PAROLE

This child sentenced to life + 4 yrs, with NO chance of parole, for killing a pimp. Background history of this child warranted consideration, but there was NONE. "Children" DO change, ARE amendable to treatment, rehabilitative efforts, guidance and counseling, to become a "productive member" of society. This cold, harsh sentencing of this child, is barbaric and "inhumane". Even MORE reason, to never be silent about these "atrocities" against our nation's youth. Please, get involved in these issues, YOU CAN make a difference!

PLEASE VIEW THIS VIDEO BELOW

http://current.com/items/90898778_sarah-kruzan-sentenced-to-life-without-parole-at-age-16.htm



PLEASE read this article case of this child
http://thedailyvoice.com/voice/2009/10/sarah-kruzan-16yearold-sentenc-002362.php

My search as a cop for justice in a flawed criminal system

Well worth your time in reading this article.....

http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/1028/p09s02-coop.html


A faulty reliance on eyewitnesses and shoddy science at police departments across the states, from the LAPD to the NYPD, can have tragic consequences.


Sunil Dutta, PhD, is a lieutenant in the Los Angeles Police Department. The views expressed here are his own.

Judicial "immunity"?? WHERE IS THE "JUSTICE"?

NO one should have immunity in crimes!! These two "corrupt" judges are asking for judicial immunity from civil lawsuits!! "They" KNOW what they did WAS WRONG, and a CRIME, so WHY, should they be allowed "judicial immunity"? This is certainly NOT "justice".


http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/20091029_Two_Luzerne_ex-judges_ask_for_relief_from_civil_suits.html

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Nathaniel Brazill denied new trial

Please read full article, one of many reasons, "why" "children" should NOT be tried as an adult, and to ABOLISH life in prison with NO chance of parole

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http://www.thewestsidegazette.com/News/Article/Article.asp?NewsID=99824&sID=4&ItemSource=L


Prosecutors’ double standard as to when juveniles can testify in court and when they can’t, lends credence to why high court should outlaw draconian juvenile sentences.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Criminal and Juvenile Justice

http://www.publicwelfare.org/Programs/Default.aspx?progid=1


The Criminal and Juvenile Justice program seeks to establish more effective and fairer criminal and juvenile justice policies and institutions throughout the nation. In addition, the Foundation’s grantmaking aims to lower overall rates of incarceration and help eliminate unequal treatment of African Americans and Latinos...........

A DAY INSIDE A JUVENILE DETENTION CENTER

Children NEED to see this, a wake up call.......

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=7085609

Deadly sentencing for JUVENILES

http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_13218210

(excerpt)PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE

The Centers for Disease Control has found that juveniles who are prosecuted and sentenced as adults are 34 percent more likely to be re-arrested than those who stay in the juvenile system. They become more violent and better criminals when they have been in the adult system. Many of them have been victims of abuse and neglect in their own homes. They are two to three times more likely than the general population to have a mental disorder. They lack the maturity and judgment to appreciate the seriousness of their acts, and have poor self-control..........

In a fit of anger/you, too, can lose your life!

Teens stabs his brother to death, over noise level on a computer

http://www.miamiherald.com/486/story/1302015.html



So senseless, in the loss of lives, his brother, and himself.........

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Case Against Juvenile Life Without Parole: Good Policy and Good Law




(excerpt-PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE...)

Children change over time. Juveniles who commit crimes are in the midst of their cognitive and psychological development. According to the American Medical Association, adolescents are more likely to engage in risky, sensation-seeking behavior because their brains are not fully developed. The frontal lobe of the brain, which controls our most advanced functions (like judging consequences and controlling impulses), continues to evolve into our early 20s.........


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"Children" DO deserve a "chance", most are NOT even offered!!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

From the "soul" of an imprisoned child/LWOP/Christopher Thrasher




In the state of Alabama, at the age of only 16, Chris was sentenced to life with NO chance of parole, for a crime he did NOT committ....please read his case story at url provided, he is one of many children sentenced to doom..Juvenile law reform is so imperative to help save our nation's youth from "destruction and deaths!!"
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God's Love, Liberty,

http://christopherthrasher.com/page2.html



"BEAUTY"

When the earth was formless and empty, the Great Architect fashioned the essence of Beauty from the purity of unconditional Love, that shone like the brightest of stars in the heavens, upon the surface of the deep.

Perfect being the knowledge and creative wisdom of the Creator Supreme, Beauty has soared through timeless skies of countless ages, as has the story of the snow white dove that flew from the hand of Noah after the great deluge.....

But, never in all the years my soul has travelled these plains of earthly existence have I ever witnessed Beauty so perfectly manifested as it is in you....

So, thank you most glorious God for creating My Mother!

Bullying~the silent killer~~**ALERT**

Parents/guardians/everyone MUST listen to the children, get involved and participate in anti-bullying programs, EDUCATE your child of the dangers of bullying.

http://www.lacrossetribune.com/news/local/article_d054b032-c11a-11de-a49d-001cc4c002e0.html

School Violence - Police brutality and special ed student

This incident should NEVER have occurred, all because student did not have his shirt tucked in!!! See video........ Who were these guards and what are their "credentials"??

http://www.examiner.com/x-25070-Birmingham-Crime-Examiner~y2009m10d13-School-Violence--Police-brutality-and-special-ed-student

Friday, October 23, 2009

Juvenile Law Reform/long overdue/Children under Seige

Our nation's children(under 18) are under seige. They are being held at zero tolerance levels in schools, 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. 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. The development of a person's brain has not completely developed, matured, until in their early twenties.

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 18, by law, are not allowed to do many things, IE, 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 one 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, leaving them to die off in prison.

This is indeed, a direct violation of their constitutional amendments of "cruel and inhumane" treatment. If, in fact, punishment is due, punishment should be administered in a juvenile detention facility, along with compassion, mercy, and a chance for these children to become productive members of society. 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.

JUVENILE JUSTICE “LAW REFORM” IS LONG OVER DUE

You raised me up to more than I can be/Josh Groban

Good music along the way in our lives, is good medicine/therapy, take five on ocassion, we owe it to ourselves. This url is one of many of Josh, this one is my all time favorite........Just to share......


http://www.angelfire.com/stars5/roseinday/youraised.htm

Please watch this video, reference "save the children"


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJlkRxoz27k

Mr. Peter Love, singer, songwriter, founder of

SAVE OUR CHILDREN FOUNDATION.

Please reference his websites at
http://www.peterlove.biz/
http://www.socfoundation.peterlove.biz/


Teenage criminals deserve second chances/ Raphael Johnson

http://www.newsweek.com/id/218110


I was released from prison in 2004 after my third parole hearing. I received bachelor's and master's degrees from University of Detroit Mercy. I started a motivational-speaking and fitness-training company. As a community-reintegration coordinator, I help other ex-offenders start anew. I'm proof that people, especially teens, can't be judged by the worst thing they ever did.

A sentence too cruel for children/Senator Alan Simpson

SO IMPORTANT TO US ALL, PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/inbox/story/1296814.html

BY ALAN SIMPSON
www.washpost.com

Rather than serving in the U.S. Senate for almost 20 years, or having so many other wonderful life experiences, I could have served a longer sentence in prison for some of the stupid, reckless things I did as a teenager. I am grateful to have gotten a second chance -- and I believe our society should make a sustained investment in offering second chances to our youth..............



Alan Simpson, a Republican, was a U.S. senator from Wyoming from 1977 to 1996. He is among former juvenile offenders who have submitted a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the petitioners in Sullivan v. Florida and Graham v. Florida.


Mama, please don't, please don't...........

Blood dripping to the floor, from her small body, switches cutting the skin deep with every whipping lash, she was only around 3 or 4 yrs of age. Was tied hands and feet, naked, hanging from the ceiling with a rope, beaten unmercifully from head to toes, because she let the "chickens" out of their coop. Then the rope above her head was cut, her falling to the floor like a side of beef, salt rubbed into her every wound. Her screams echoing/deafening thru the years.....One of many horrific, barbaric beatings this child had to endure, for minor mistakes made as a small, immature child. Trying to survive in an adult world. Where was the compassion, mercy, caring and understanding, most of all where was any love? hugs?

So many of our nation's youth are suffered terribly behind "closed doors", the world will never know, will never see, so unfortunately until the death of so many children abused and murdered, so innocently born into such an evil world.

I was that child of so long ago, and still trying to survive in an adult world.
Knightgale's Raging Fire
https://sites.google.com/site/knightgalesragingfire/

Valerie, My inspirational CHILD
https://sites.google.com/site/myinspirationalchild

School for jailed teens gives hope beyond criminal charges

Given chances to turn their lives around and become productive members of society, many incarcerated children never even got the offer of this chance........

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/oct/23/school-jailed-teens-gives-hope-beyond-criminal-cha/news-breaking/

What's behind all the teen suicides??

A real eye opener for parents/guardians.......PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/10/22/eveningnews/main5410928.shtml?tag=contentBody;featuredPost-PE

Thursday, October 22, 2009

SENATOR WEBB/NATIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMISSION ACT~2009

http://webb.senate.gov/email/criminaljusticereform.html

A very important article to read fully, it affect us all........long over due is the issue of LAW REFORM.

America's criminal justice system has deteriorated to the point that it is a national disgrace. Its irregularities and inequities cut against the notion that we are a society founded on fundamental fairness. Our failure to address this problem has caused the nation's prisons to burst their seams with massive overcrowding, even as our neighborhoods have become more dangerous. We are wasting billions of dollars and diminishing millions of lives.........

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

No agency willing to "help" this child............

Article not posted due to copyrights, please read this........

NO agency is willing to pay for "help" for this child, another "throwaway child"? Where is the protection for this child, seems no one is willing to come forward to help !!

http://www.kgun9.com/Global/story.asp?S=11348571

Monday, October 19, 2009

More Than 350 City Leaders Gather in Boston for 2009 National Summit on Your City’s Families

A very important, "must read".......

http://www.nlc.org/articles/articleItems/NCW101909/YEFSummit.aspx

JUDGING THE "JUDGES"......"JUSTICE"?

NO CHILD should EVER have to experience such a miscarriage of "justice" ever again. One of the many things wrong with this so called system, is that "immunity" is in place for these corrupt so called judges, knowingly, willingly and deliberately DENIED JUSTICE to those children. Yet, do you really think justice will be served in this case??? I really doubt the punishment if given out at all, would ever fit the horrible crimes they did against those children. "Beaurocracy" at it's finest.


http://www.philly.com/inquirer/opinion/20091019_Editorial__Judging_the_judges.html

While the focus of the upstate Pennsylvania cash-for-kids scandal rightly has been on two rogue judges, a legislative oversight panel last week began a review that should make other stakeholders in juvenile-justice and political circles squirm.

AN ACT OF COMPASSSION FOR "OTHERS"

http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2009/oct/19/thinking-of-others/

Jordan Thomas was still in the hospital after having his lower legs amputated when he learned that many children can't afford prosthetic limbs.

He was only 15 when he lost his lower legs in a boating accident. But Jordan, now 20 and a junior at the College of Charleston, considers himself fortunate. He's been able to get the four sets of prosthetic legs he's needed over the past several years as his injured limbs grew and changed. His legs cost $24,000 a pair, which is less expensive than some because his injuries were below his knees.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Teen: Jetson changed his life

With the proper "caring" and attention children need, guidance, understanding, rehabilitative efforts, redemption, they CAN become "productive" citizens. But so many are NOT even offered a "chance", locked away and "forgotten". Life and life with NO chance of parole is NOT the solution!

http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/64335087.html?showAll=y&c=y

A 16-year-old, Brodrick E., said Wednesday he would never have pictured himself singing in a choir. “I used to be thugging it out on the street,” he said.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

HELP SOLVE BULLYING AT SCHOOLS *A MUST READ*

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/opinion/column/guest/article_c8e42f98-bb67-11de-871a-001cc4c002e0.html

Sue Klang and Fred Evert: Let's help teachers solve bullying problem at schools
By SUE KLANG and FRED EVERT

It was three years ago that 15-year-old Eric Hainstock entered Weston High School with a 22-caliber pistol and a 20-gauge shotgun. Within a few short minutes, Principal John Klang confronted Hainstock, trying to protect his school's students and staff. After a brief struggle, Klang was shot three times. He died later that day. Debate continues on exactly what Hainstock intended to do - get the school's attention for the help he needed, or execute a fatalistic death wish for himself and his school.


What is clear is Hainstock had been bullied.
(c)Madison.com

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Traumatic childhood takes 20 years off life expectancy

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2009/oct/06/traumatic-childhood-takes-20-years-life-expectancy/

(excerpt)

People who experienced considerable trauma during their childhood died 20 years prematurely, CDC researchers have found.

And those suffering this substantial childhood trauma have double the risk for early death compared with adults who had not endured adverse childhood experiences.

Limit one-size-fits-all prison sentences

A MUST READ.......


http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20091006/OPINION03/910060344/1110

Coalition aims to kick bullying

Bullying is a "silent killer", often ignored until it is too late. Early intervention and education about this horrific problem is so imperative. Where do you think children "learn" their bully ways? The enviornment children are exposed to, their surroundings in schools and everywhere they go, is it not the duty of "adults" to protect them from harm? NO child should have to suffer these atrocities, it is another form of ABUSE!

http://www.wrn.com/2009/10/coalition-aims-to-kick-bullying/

Are Life Sentences For 13-Yr Olds Cruel And Unusual Punishment?

Children can be saved, they are "redeemable", if only given a chance, life with NO chance of parole, is "state sanctioned murder", mistakes made as a "child", they should NOT have to pay with their "very lives"! It is indeed, CRUEL, with NO compassion, NO mercy, NO nothing!
Juvenile law reform is imperative to help save our nation's youth from "doom and deaths"!

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2009/10/are_life_sentences_for_13yr_ol.html

Monday, October 5, 2009

Remembering the "children"


A few of many who have suffered behind bars, abuse, torture, and death, so needlessly. Tho many children are sentenced to incarceration time, they never should be in danger of their lives. Children make mistakes, but should NOT have to pay for them, with their very "lives". Juvenile Justice LAW REFORM is imperative to help save our nation's youth for "doom" and "deaths".

Colorado judge weighs Ybanez case in his mother's death

I remember this case and have tried to follow it for years.....
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http://www.denverpost.com/headlines/ci_13485114

New lawyers fault defense of man convicted as teen in mom's '98 death

Sending children to prison for life

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-harcourt5-2009oct05,0,3635755.story


Our laws make allowances for juvenile's immaturity; judges should too.

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The "next" child COULD be "yours"!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Saturday, October 3, 2009

CHRISTOPHER THRASHER(16)WRONGLY CONVICTED/LIFE W/NO CHANCE OF PAROLE




Wrongly conviction of Christopher Thrasher
Video of Chris's case and supporthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX88aPfE5HE


This case could have been "anyone's" "child"

INVITATION/INTERESTED IN JUVENILE LAW REFORM?

Juvenile justice support forums contained a large variety of juvenile INjustice issues and how children's cases are dealt with in an adult court, with adult sanctions, educational articles, info for public awareness.

Please note many informational articles on
"Justice Winds", http://justicewinds.blogspot.com
and supports forums.... http://www.kidsincourt.net
http://www.whoopassforjustice.org

YOU are invited to browse and join if you wish, registrations are NOT automatic, due to many spammers, for registering as a member, one would have to contact admin at kidsincourt1 @roadrunner.com (no spaces) All "juvenile" cases should be "governed" in a juvenile court of law, as the children they ARE. Juvenile Justice LAW REFORM is imperative, to help save our nation's youth for doom and deaths!

DON'T THROWN AWAY THE KEY ON ALL JUVENILE KILLERS

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2009/10/03/dont_throw_away_the_key_on_all_juvenile_killers

(excerpt)Please read full article....

But sentencing children to life without parole ignores the realities of youth development: Kids change. Kids grow up. Brain development is responsible for fundamental differences between children and adults......

Thursday, October 1, 2009

PLEASE HELP BRING BRENDAN HOME **ALERT**

Please so important to read and help if you can.....


http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=124940656697&ref=nf

You can't buy a hamster, but you can be tried as an adult

Article written in the UK, but well worth reading.....


http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/oct/01/young-people-age-consent-law

(PA)12 YR OLD FACES POSSIBLY LIFE IN PRISON

It appears there is NO chances, NO redemption, NO compassion, NO mercy, facing sanctions as an "adult", he CLEARLY IS NOT!!!

http://www.philly.com/philly/wires/ap/news/state/pennsylvania/20091001_ap_pajudgerulesagainst12yearoldmurdersuspect.html

NEVER JUDGE UNTIL "YOU" HAVE WALKED A MILE IN "MY SHOES"!

Interesting, informative and compelling.......A MUST READ

http://allday.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/10/01/2083993.aspx

EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS OF CHILD INJUSTICES/ A MUST VIEW

http://www.whoopassforjustice.org/viewforum.php?f=117

A variety of collected educational videos about children caught up in the "system" and why juvenile justice "law reform" is so vital to the future of our nation's youth.

The Covenant House/Helping homeless children/ A MUST READ

http://www.covenanthouse.org/?tr=y&auid=5394652


Are you a homeless kid in need of shelter?
Do you struggle with addiction or suicide?
Is your teenager in trouble?
Do you know a runaway child?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

WHY WOULD WE LET THEM RIG THE GAME?

HEALTH CARE ANYONE?? This certainly includes our America's "children"!!

(excerpt)
While we clearly have the ability as a group of 305 million to update the system that is American Health Care and move our country into the 21st century in the process, it's becoming clear that we may not have the leaders to do it.

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dylan-ratigan/why-would-we-let-them-rig_b_302480.html

WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN?/KIDS GROWING UP/TRYING TO SURVIVE IN AMERICA??/A MUST READ BY ALL

This issue is so important to all of us, what's going to happen to all future children, presently, and those in the coming years???and those presently "incarcerated"??

http://www.earnedmedia.org/prdo0929.htm

Adolescents Tried as Adults: A Push for Change in Idaho

A very important issue all across our nation, many ignore, but the very next "child" COULD BE "YOURS", facing this very issue. Just when will officials finally come to terms and see/understand, that "children are NOT "adults", and NOT allowed by law, the amenities of those of an adult, so indeed, why are they being dealt with, as an "adult"??
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http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release/adolescents-tried-as-adults-a-push-for-change-in-idaho-118315.php


(excerpt)Please read full article....


"For Zachary Neagle, an Idaho fourteen-year-old, the everyday realities of other their teens have been replaced by court appearances, criminal pleas and a defense strategy. The math here is measured in years.

Many point to statutes prohibiting youths from engaging in adult activities such as voting: If teens aren't mentally mature enough to act like an adult in these situations, how can they be tried as adults in court?"

Monday, September 28, 2009

UNDERSTANDING INSIDE THE TEENAGE BRAIN/PBS

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/teenbrain/view

(excerpt)

"The relationship between desired behaviors and brain structure is totally unknown," John Bruer tells FRONTLINE. He is president of the James S. McDonnell Foundation and author of The Myth of the First Three Years. "This simple, popular, newsweekly-magazine idea that adolescents are difficult because their frontal lobes aren't mature is one we should be very cautious of."

Supreme Court to consider juvenile 'lifers'/A MUST READ

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-court-preview28-2009sep28,0,1454652.story

Supreme Court to consider juvenile 'lifers'
Does life without parole for minors who didn't kill constitute cruel and unusual punishment?

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"Many lawyers and prosecutors said that until the Supreme Court agreed this year to take up the issue, they were unaware of juveniles receiving such sentences."

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As widespread this issue is with sending juveniles to life with NO chance of parole, how can it be, that many lawyers and prosecutors state "they were unaware of juveniles receiving such sentences", where have they been all these years??????HOW COULD THEY POSSIBLY "NOT" KNOW??????? It is and has been in all the newspapers, time and time again of kids getting sent to adult prisons, lwop!!!!.....many have ALREADY DIED behind bars, Shawn Smith(13) in Fl, hunged himself in his cell, Omar Paisley(17),Fl, begged in severe pain for 3 days for medical help, died on the cell floor of a ruptured appendix, Martin Anderson(14)Fl, died at the hands of the facility guards/and a nurse(yet)all were "acquitted of any wrongdoing), Danny Matthews(15)Fl, was stabbed to death by another juvenile inmate, these are only a few cases, and ALL in Florida, so tell me, how is it, prosecutors and lawyers DO NOT KNOW?????? I am totally appauled at that statement!!!!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Is a child still a child if he is also a felon?/A MUST READ

REASONS "why" "children" cases should always be held in a "juvenile court of law", as the "child" they are. Adult sanctions is a "death sentence" for many of our nation's youth. Juvenile Justice Law Reform is imperative!

http://www.startribune.com/local/61935897.html?elr=KArksLckD8EQDUoaEyqyP4O:DW3ckUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUgOy9cP3DieyckcUsI


(excerpt)
Author Michele Deitch found that 27 states allow children ages 12 and under to be prosecuted as adults. In 22 of those states, children as young as 7 can face adult punishment.

Friday, September 25, 2009

TEENAGERS/THE "POWER OF GIVING"

http://teenagerstoday.com/resources/articles/powerofgiving.htm


The Power of Giving~ Teen volunteers make a difference for themselves,
and others

By Laurie Dove

(excerpt)
"For Sarah Swagart, it wasn’t an ideal childhood.

Swagart was molested at an early age, battled her own drug addictions and finally, at 14, was hospitalized for a serious suicide attempt. When she returned to school, Swagart felt "different" and alone. However, a community crack-down on skate boarders -- none of whom Swagart knew -- soon caught her attention. These were kids like her, she thought -- marginalized, different, without a voice.

But not for long................"

Minor Offenses: The Tragedy of Youth in Adult Prisons /PLEASE READ NOW

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20091012/prison


(EXCERPT)(Interview with Liz Ryan, of the Campaign for YOUTH JUSTICE......

When 16-year-old Bobby Nestor's mother found a marijuana roach in his jacket pocket she called the police, hoping to scare him. She never intended for her teenage son to be sentenced to an adult facility, or to be harassed and raped by older inmates. After four months, Bobby hung himself in his cell........

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The National Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform

Be sure to read and get involved with these most important issues.

Raising Awareness for the Wrongly Convicted and Criminal Justice Reform

http://reformingjustice.com/

New DCF reports verify abuse at Marianna boys school

Abuse of children is happening all on this nation, some have even met their deaths behind bars/confinded. Children are at the very "mercy" of their peers/guards, who take liberty of these children at will, many are never reported, many never are charged for those crimes. The next child COULD be YOURS. Education, getting involved in these juvenile INjustice issues is critical, to help save our nation's youth from doom and deaths.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/humaninterest/new-dcf-reports-verify-abuse-at-marianna-boys-school/1038757

Monday, September 21, 2009

DON'T FORGET "DETAINEES" AT "HOME"

http://www.theithacajournal.com/article/20090921/VIEWPOINTS02/909210301/1129/Don+t+forget+detainees+at+home


(excerpt)PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE, SO IMPORTANT!

"Torture is wrong. Our nation believes this, and we are concerned about torture tactics used on detainees, as we should be. Shouldn't we also be concerned about abusive tactics used on our own population, particularly our children?............"

Friday, September 18, 2009

CRIME & YOUTH~"THEY ARE NOT ADULTS

http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/59071822.html

"These "one size fits all" approaches are contrary to common sense, ignore what we know about adolescent development, and in the end disregards what we know really contributes to community safety......"