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?