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.