Thursday, February 26, 2009

Full Human Rights Record in U. S. 2008/IMPORTANT TO ALL


The United States is one of the few countries in the world where minors receive the same criminal punishments as adults do. It is the only country in the world that sentences children to life in prison without possibility of parole or release. There are2,381 such inmates in U.S. prisons currently (The United States was not forthcoming and accurate in its presentation to CERD,

Seventy-three of them are serving death-in-prison sentence for offenses at the age of 13 or 14. Among them, 49 percent are African-Americans, and most of them come from needy families, without enough legal aids. These children will die in prison without parole no matter how they are corrected (Equal Justice Initiative,

According to the general comments made by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child in April 2007, sentencing minors to death or life in prison without possibility of release violates Article 37 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. When reviewing the human rights records of the United States in 2006, the United Nations Human Rights Council said sentencing minors to life in prison without possibility of release violates Article 7 and Article 24 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

(Posted in the interest of "justice" & PUBLIC AWARENESS/copyrights acknowledged/NO infringement intended)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009



Give Lifers, sentenced as "KIDS", a SECOND "chance"

February 25, 2009
Give lifers sentenced as kids second chance
The Register's editorial

Everyone knows that children do stupid and risky things. These acts are usually dismissed as youthful indiscretions, and the kids get a chance to move on with their lives. If the act violates the law, however, it can mean criminal or prison records. In extreme cases in Iowa and 42 other states, it can mean a sentence to an agonizingly slow death behind bars.

In Iowa, the state can prosecute boys or girls as young as age 14 as adults, and conviction could result in a life sentence. Advocates of juvenile-justice reform want to give another chance to at least some of those serving life sentences for crimes committed when the offenders were juveniles, and a bill has been introduced in the Iowa Legislature to make that possible. It should become law.

Life in prison may be a reasonable sentence for an adult in control of his or her faculties who commits a heinous crime, such as premeditated murder, kidnapping or brutally violent rape. Death-penalty opponents point to Iowa's life-without-parole sentence in first-degree murder cases as a better alternative than capital punishment.

In some crimes, however, life in prison may be excessive - manufacturing illegal drugs, for example - particularly if the crime was committed by a juvenile, with a far from fully developed mind. There is scientific evidence that even older teenagers have not achieved the same level of mental development as adults. Yet, in certain felonies, including certain drug and sex crimes, a life sentence without possibility of parole is mandatory under Iowa law.

It must be a special hell for a youngster not yet old enough to shave to face a lifetime in prison, to grow up and to grow old and eventually to die, with no hope of release. This fits the definition of cruel, if not unusual, in almost every culture. Indeed, according to an August 2008 University of San Francisco Law Review article, "there is only one country in the world today that continues to sentence child offenders to life-without-parole terms: the United States." As of last year, there were at least 2,484 inmates serving such sentences in this country.

Although there is an effort to abolish the practice in the United States, the legislation under consideration by the Iowa Legislature would not go that far. It would, instead, allow men or women serving life sentences for crimes committed as juveniles to apply for parole or work release after serving at least 15 years. Applications would be reviewed by the Iowa Board of Parole, which would consider applicants' criminal history, behavior record while in prison, potential for rehabilitation and likelihood of committing new crimes if released.

The attorney general and any victims would have the opportunity to testify. And, decisions of the parole board could be challenged before an administrative law judge, or in state district court.

Even if this legislation is passed, it's not likely to be used often. According to a legislative staff report, Iowa prisons hold 42 inmates serving life sentences for offenses committed when they were under age 18. All 42 were convicted of murder or kidnapping in the first degree. Of those, only 19 will have served for 15 years by the time this bill could become law.

Still, the state should give prison inmates this option, even if it leads to the salvaging of only a few lives from a long and slow death sentence issued when they were still children.


(Posted in the interest of "justice" & PUBLIC AWARENESS/authors/copyrights acknowledged/NO infringement intended)

Monday, February 23, 2009


Tho indeed, a tragedy, it is also indeed a tragedy to place this case in adult court, to try this child as an adult at only 11 yrs of age, is inhumane. There had to be "underlying" causes going on in this child's mind long before this incident occurred, officials need to get to the bottom of this child's emotional status "then" and "now".

Here's a story that's downright terrifying.

Sunday, February 22, 2009


Please follow this site for the latest details of this upcoming event~If you can help/participate in your state, please let them know.......please share this info, with those in your world.


Article lengthy but well worth reading, BE SURE to watch the video, at end of article........CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE.


"Keep in mind that these people did not accidentally destroy the lives of these children and their families, nor did they do it because they were mentally ill. They committed these crimes against humanity for money. They abused and victimized the most vulnerable in our society because they wanted to accumulate a fiat currency. They treated other human beings, our children, as a commodity in a private prison industrial complex that makes profit from incarcerating as many people as possible.

Tip of the Iceberg

Our civilization is sick and in need of help, and if you think this is just one isolated case of child abuse by the government, then watch the following 1994 documentary: “Conspiracy of Silence”."


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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Punishment for Juveniles under Scrutiny


Is society better served by treating teenage killers as adults, sentencing them to long prison stays that keep them off the streets but can turn them into hardened criminals? Or is it better to treat them as children, with shorter sentences and rehabilitation?
(posted in the interest of "justice" & PUBLIC AWARENESS/authors/copyrights acknowledged/NO infringement intended)

Friday, February 20, 2009


John Terzano - The Justice Project's Blog

PLEASE READ FULL BLOG ARTICLE~please share with others in your important to us all and our nation's youth. (excerpt)

"Earlier this week, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), a prestigious research organization that advises Congress, released a long-awaited report detailing comprehensive recommendations to improve the practice and use of forensic science in the American criminal justice system"



"Shaw stated that it is with increased frequency that children are using modern technology to take nude and provocative self photos and transmit those photos to others. Sending naked pictures of yourself using text messages or the internet has become an epidemic, according to Shaw. Children are engaging in this type of behavior at an alarming and unacceptable pace. When a child sends a nude self photograph to others, a dangerous situation is instantly created, Shaw said. Many pedophiles surf the internet to pray upon young children. When children display their nude photographs, they are exposing themselves to potential victimization."

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

(IOWA)Bill would allow juvenile lifers/chance of parole/notes from a female inmate

Children incarcerated, SHOULD be "offered" a "chance". Children are CLEARLY, NOT adults, in mind or body. Please note comments made by a female inmate.

(IOWA)BILL WOULD ALLOW JUVENILE LIFERS CHANCE OF PAROLE Bill would allow juvenile lifers a chance at parole

(Posted in the "interest of justice" & "PUBLIC AWARENESS"/authors/copyrights acknowledged/NO infringement intended)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Lost Children in America

Apathy & passiveness of society.......Our nation's children are under seige........

So many are lost, so many are forgotten, so many no one ever utters a word about them. Many will die in prison, not ever having anyone to show they even cared. All we can do is be a voice for them, in campaigning, making our voices heard, for juvenile justice LAW REFORM, if we don't WHO WILL?? The present day laws and officials are literally destroying children, locking them away for the "least" infractions.NOT to be coddled by any means, but "juvenile cases" belong in "juvenile court", as the children they ARE. When will this madness end??? Just how many MORE children will face destruction and their demise??? The next "child" could so easily be YOURS!!!

Monday, February 9, 2009

The Cradle to Prison Pipeline **ALERT** A MUST READ


"The failure to act now will reverse the hard-earned racial and social progress for which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and so many others died and sacrificed. We must all call for investment in all children from birth through their successful transition to adulthood, remembering Frederick Douglass's correct observation that "it is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."
Posted in the interst of "justice" and "PUBLIC AWARENESS"/authors, copyrights acknowledged/NO infringment intended.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Felony murder rule~the destruction of BRANDON HEIN

Brandon Hein and so many others have recieved such barbaric sentences, INDEED, the felony murder rule is literally the taking of many lives. This felony murder rule must be killed!!!!

Please view Brandon Hein's support site at

Thursday, February 5, 2009


"From a moral standpoint, 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," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote.

LIFE, LIFE WITH NO CHANCE OF PAROLE, is a slow "death sentence", NO chances of "redemption, NO counseling, NO rehabilitative efforts, many with NO visits, NO mail, NO canteen funds, NO nothing, caged like an animal, JUVENILE LAW REFORM is imperative, "children" are literally being "destroyed", the above is "state sanctioned" murder of these children. Children indeed MUST be punished for their crimes, BUT, as the "child" they are.
Victims are NOT forgotten, but "children" are also victims of a broken juvenile justice system.

At any given "moment" YOUR child could be next, for the smallest of "infractions", mistakes made in their young lives. Justice must "always" be tempered with "compassion & mercy"

Monday, February 2, 2009

INJUSTICE~This should NEVER happen to any "child"

A MUST READ, if one has any compassion and mercy, and any sense for "justice"!!

(CO)GOOD news for some CO. juveniles

February 2, 2009 10:29 AM
Young offenders get a break

The House overwhelmingly passed two bills this morning that give younger criminals a chance to reform themselves.
The first, HB1044, allows juveniles who were charged as an adult but ultimately convicted as a juvenile to petition for their records to be expunged after completing their punishment. Only juveniles charged as juveniles can do that now.
The second, HB1122, allows young adults to be sentened to the Youthful Offender System, rather than the regular correctional system, if they were no older than 19 at the time they committed the crime and under 21 at the time of sentencing. It excludes most sex offenders and people who commit the most serious crimes.
Both bills were sponsored by Rep. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango. Both passed 58-5 with a handful of Republicans opposing them.

Posted by Ed Sealover at 10:29 AM

(Posted in the "interest" of justice and PUBLIC AWARENESS/authors/copyrights acknowledged/NO infringement intended)