Saturday, December 18, 2010


With yet another year comes and goes, I hope we all can find some peace, comfort and freedom in our lives, and for those of whom are incarcerated. Many shattered lives and broken hearts, struggling to just survive, with NO one to turn to for support and in their moments/years of grief. Far too many have already paid the ulitmate price for freedom, but never gained it.
Perhaps with the new year of 2011, we will witness law reform and restoration of innocence, freedom and dignity.
I sincere appreciate all of whom have come to read my notes here on "Justice Winds". I hope you will continue to read, share, get involved and educated in your "legal rights".

Saturday, December 11, 2010

BILL TO END LIFE SENTENCES FOR JUVENILES

http://www.asianjournal.com/dateline-usa/15-dateline-usa/8092-bill-to-end-life-sentences-for-juveniles-reintroduced.html


"Supported by child advocates, mental health experts, civil rights groups, churches and correctional officers, Yee believes that SB 9 reflects the science of the process of brain maturation of an adolescence and “thus (their) impulse control, planning and critical thinking skills are not yet fully developed.”

So important for ALL of our nation's children.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

COLD HARD FACTS ABOUT INCARCERATION





4 LIFE SENTENCES AT AGE 15!! WHAT?????

http://www.theledger.com/article/20101127/EDIT01/11275029/1036?Title=Juvenile-Sentencing-Life-And-A-Dead-Rock-Star

The impact for CHANGE, "must" come from the American people, writing to their state legislators, speaking out about these atrocities against children, I do NOT mean to "coddle" them, but those sentencings are surely a "death sentence", "state sanctioned murder" of a "child", NOT even given a "chance", "offer" to change, rehabiliation, NOTHING, but to die off in prison...BARBARIC...AMERICA WAKE UP, YOUR child COULD BE NEXT!!!

APATHY & PASSIVENESS also contributes to the many deaths of our nation's children. Many never had a "chance" since birth. Far too many are thrown away and forgotten.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Former convict shares reality of life spent behind bars

http://www.lawjournalbuffalo.com/news/article/current/2010/11/22/102717/from-a-prison-cell-to-a-podium

From a prison cell to a podium

Former convict shares the reality of a life spent behind bars

Encourage everyone to read this phenomenal article by Jerry Balone

(excerpt)PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE
He wants to reach them with his message of making good personal choices - better than the ones he made that led to his first arrest at age 8. Balone had already served 3 1/2 years in prison when he murdered three people during a home invasion on April 24, 1973. He was originally sentenced to a term of 50 years to life in prison with a recommendation he never be released.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Walnut Grove juvenile facility called 'barbaric'

http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20101117/NEWS/11170339/Private-prison-firm-sued


A must read, tho children are incarcerated, they still have a right to be treated as a human being, NOT to coddle them, but abuses of any kind should never happen. Rehabilitative efforts, education to help them become productive members of society. So many "children" never had a "chance" since birth. The emotional trauma alone is devastating, many never get visits, mail, canteens funds, NOTHING. Deaths have already occurred behind bars. Juvenile law reform is so imperative, to help save our nation's children, from doom and deaths.

Monday, November 8, 2010

MS SUPREME COURT/BANYARD(AGE13)SHOULD GET A NEW TRIAL

http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20101107/NEWS/11070353/Judge-tosses-murder-conviction

Demarious Banyard, age 13....

(excerpt)PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE

"In September, the state high court ruled Banyard, who was tried before Circuit Judge Tomie Green, should get a new trial. In throwing out Banyard's conviction and life sentence, the Supreme Court said the jury should have been given instruction on Banyard's claim he was under duress when he shot Ballard. Also, the court said an improper instruction was given to the jury."

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Children are clearly NOT adults/STOP THIS MADNESS/TRIED AS "ADULTS"

http://criminaljustice.change.org/petitions/view/paul_gingerich-_a_12_year_old_should_not_be_tried_in_adult_court


IF 100% guilty of this crime, punishment is warranted, BUT as the child they are, along with detention, should be discipline, guidance, education, and rehabilitative efforts, so in time, he can become a "productive member of society". IF those items are NOT in place for children, and if they are lucky to be released in time, what kind of man will they be? Without the above items mentioned, upon release, they will be just as dependent then, as they were as "children." Alternative solutions can be met, "offering them a chance" to turn their lives around", but the "chance" is never "offered" by officials. Certainly the victims are NOT forgotten, but the children are also "victims" of a sorely needed law reform for juveniles and NOT throw their young lives away, for mistakes made as a "child." Please get educated, and involved in these issues, to help save our nation's children from doom and deaths!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Kenneth Bartley/Juvenile/Lawyer files conviction relief petition

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2010/oct/19/isaacs-files-conviction-relief-petition-for/


(excerpt)

Kenny Bartley Jr. said the grown-ups let him down.

"When you're 15 years old, you can't even buy a car," said his new lawyer, Gregory P. Isaacs. "This kid cannot make a lifetime decision in three hours as he's about to go to trial."

Saturday, October 2, 2010

SIGNS YOUR KID IS BEING CYBERBULLIED...**ALERT**

http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/10/02/p.kid.being.cyberbullied/index.html?hpt=T2


Bullying not only happens on line, but at schools and everywhere children are, parents/guardians/school officials, everyone must/needs to become involved/educated about these horrendous issues, has become an epidemic, yet should NOT be happening at all....


Adults are "bullies" too, childen see/learn from "others", no one is "born" to be a bully!!.....Help us help the kids!!!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Thursday, September 30, 2010

THE BEAT WITHIN/ SOMETHING MORE THAN HATE

http://thecrimereport.org/2010/09/19/the-beat-within/


(Excerpt)This article should tear at your heart strings, A MUST READ....

"The following is poetry by D Boii, a young inmate in San Francisco who writes about his anger toward his mother, a drug user, and his struggle to rise above the hardships of his childhood. The poems were originally published by The Beat Within, a juvenile justice system writing workshop, which has generously allowed The Crime Report to share.

Something More Than Hate"........

UNLOCKING KIDS

http://thecrimereport.org/2010/09/29/unlocking-kids/


"Like a city jail, the young people held in these facilities have not been found guilty of any crime. They are simply awaiting trial."

Please get involved/educated, for the sake of our nation's youth.

Monday, September 27, 2010

WILL THE WEST MEMPHIS 3, EVER GET "JUSTICE"?

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/sep/27/west-memphis-three


West Memphis three: New evidence questions if right person behind bars


3 innocent children dead, 3 teen lives destroyed, an ongoing case for many years,
questions still linger, WHO is truly guilty of this horrendous crime??

Sunday, September 26, 2010

STAND UP FOR "KIDS"

Thanks to my friend, Mutee, on facebook network, for sharing.....please browse this wonderful support site for "kids".....Help save a life

http://www.standupforkids.org/default.aspx

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Pushing uphill to keep teens from landing in adult prisons

http://www.startribune.com/local/103792199.html?elr=KArksLckD8EQDUoaEyqyP4O:DW3ckUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUgOy9cP3DieyckcUsI


Excellent article in reference to helping/rehabilitation for "juvenile".

The star question in this article makes a lot of common sense..."We didn't treat him like an adult before the crime. Why after?"

Also reference....Campaign for Youth Justice organization
http://www.campaignforyouthjustice.org

Friday, September 24, 2010

SB399 AND THE "FORGOTTEN PEOPLE"

http://www.the-tidings.com/2010/092410/kennedy.htm


If interested in justice at all.......I beg of you to please read this entire article.....
(One child got 255 years, at age 17)This is "state sanctioned MURDER" for this child!


(excerpt)
"I wonder if the real losers in the vote in Sacramento were the victims, who have been unable to enter into any healing process. Such a process is not easy; it's easier to hold on to hate, to live with hate, and to be fueled by hate, but in reality it's through that one important realization that the only way to survive is to forgive. "

Thursday, September 23, 2010

STATE REVIEWS LAWS ON ADULT AGE

http://www.maconnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=10737&Itemid=34


(Excerpt)
“Our society views juveniles ... as categorically less culpable than the average criminal” - Justice Anthony Kennedy, US Supreme Court, Roper v. Simmons, on abolishing the death penalty for persons under the age of 18, 2005."

Interesting and very informative for those interested in helping to save our nation's children. Juvenile law reform is crucial, a change is long overdue, for the "children"....Get involved and educated for the sake of your own children.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A JUVENILE LIFER SPEAKS, AFTER 57 YRS BEHIND BARS

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/columnists/karen_heller/20100922_Karen_Heller__After_57_years_behind_bars__a_juvenile_lifer_speaks.html


Anyone interested in the human race, should read this story, what moves us, what moves our soul? Interesting and informative.

ALABAMA-A hard look at sentencing practices

http://www.vera.org/blog/alabama-hard-look-sentencing-practices


"Earlier this month, Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb from Alabama’s Supreme Court convened a conference of criminal court judges, district attorneys, and prosecutors to discuss what she calls the “hard work of fixing people” and the “easy work of filling prisons.”

A must read, informative. Our nation's people need/must get involved, be in the "know"

Friday, September 17, 2010

DEMARIOUS BANYARD(13)LWOP/GRANTED NEW TRIAL

http://www.leagle.com/unsecure/page.htm?shortname=inmsco20100916196


Let's hope Demarious will finally get "justice", lwop for a 13 yr old is barbaric and inhumane. Influenced by others...What happened to compassion, mercy, rehabilitative efforts and "redemption"?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

JUVENILES/LIFE WITH NO CHANCE OF PAROLE

http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/news/local/100913-life-without-parole-too-tough-for-teens

“The moral of the story,” says Wice, “and what's going to happen on Wednesday in the Court of Criminal Appeals is whether these kids deserve to come out of the penitentiary in something other than a coffin.”
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Public awareness, getting educated and involved in these issues, are imperative to help save our nation's children. Life in prison with NO "chance" of ever being paroled, is cruel and inhumane, "children CAN change",with structured discipline, rehabilitative efforts, compassion and mercy, a "chance" of "redemption"

Friday, September 3, 2010

Child's ordeal shows risks of psychosis drugs

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38967973/ns/health-the_new_york_times


A MUST READ, get educated and involved about ANY drugs for your child.


This child's case is appauling. If you are not outraged, you are not paying ATTENTION!!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

RIGHTS OF INMATES/CHILDREN AND ADULTS

In reference to legal rights of inmates, the general public is not aware, and really does not care, the blind mindset is, for crime, one must do time, the article below consists of the legalities of the incarcerated.

http://public.findlaw.com/civil-rights/more-civil-rights-topics/institutionalized-persons-discrimination-more/le5_6rights.html

Saturday, August 14, 2010

COPE FOUNDATION~~URGENT MESSAGE

Dear Friends, Family, COPES supporters, Real Estate Associates and Clients, Suicide Survivors, Grieving Parents and Families, Anti SSRI and SNRI Advocates, Antidepressant Survivors and Concerned Citizens;
I am Camille Milke, Founder of COPES Foundation (Coalition of Parents Enduring Suicide) www.COPESfoundation.com and Eternal Mommy of Sarina Angel; 1/26/86 - 10/28/07.
I formed Copes Foundation just mere days after Sarina left me, it was the only thing I could do to honor her, let her know I understood why she left me, what was done to her with these killer drugs and promise her that it would be my life's work to get her Voice Heard.
I worked on this day and night, went to Capital Hill in Washington DC to speak to all of the State Senators about my Crusade to Abolish Suicide Causing Antidepressants, contacted every member of the New Mexico State Senate to work towards "Sarina's Law" and started the uphill battle of challenging and going face-to-face the FDA.
BUT.... I was still trying to Cope with the brutal loss of my daughter, the horrible new life I was forced to lead and the reluctant journey I was now to travel....and I had to heal.
I had put my work towards my Crusade on hold until I was strong enough to continue.
Today is 2 years, 19 months and 16 days since Sarina left me....................
and I am back with a Vengeance.

COPES Foundation is still up and running, always has been, but I will be changing some key elements and those of you who sign up to "Join My Crusade" will get continual updates of all that I am now doing.
I am looking for supporters, I am looking for backup, I am looking for an army to help me acquire my main goals and objectives and if this email reaches enough people, I may be able to make that happen, so please forward it.
First step - If you are familiar with my Petition, I need many, many more signatures.
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/copesfoundation
please help me re-circulate it and get it in front of as many people as you possibly can. Send it to everyone in your address book, ask them to sign and send it to everyone in their address book and so on.
I will be going to the New Mexico State Capitol and would like to bring the Petition with me; as well as all of my supporters. I would like to go towards the end of October to commemorate Sarina's 3-year Memorial Day. I need the Senate and Congress to hear the horror stories of these killer drugs first hand from Suicide Survivors.
I am also organizing the first annual "Walk to Abolish Suicide Causing Antidepressants". First and Foremost; this will be to honor our loved ones that we have lost to these killer drugs. We will also raise awareness of the serious, dangerous and lethal risks and side effects of Antidepressants.
After we walk, we will have a Remembrance Ceremony to honor our lost loved ones.
If you are planning on coming to this great event, you may also choose to participate in this Tribute. You may take the stage with a picture to speak of who you are remembering and tell us a favorite memory of them and/or how you lost them. If you choose not to speak, you can be included in a list of names as a Suicide Survivor and your name will be read out loud along with your lost loved one that we are remembering.
There will also be a Memorial Wall for all to post the pictures of who we are remembering with their names and infomation.
The Ceremony will be followed with a Candlelight Vigil and a Dove Release.

Second Step - I need as much media attention as possible for my Crusade and to actually get the FDA to listen, to make Sarina's Law happen, to Abolish Suicide Causing Antidepressants and to save lives.
If any of my supporters have any connections to or know someone who has connections to any TV, Radio or Newspaper outlets; please let me know.

Please email me back and let me know:

If you'd like to Join My Crusade
If you'd like to Join me at the NM State Capitol
If you'd like to Participate in the "Walk to Abolish Suicide Causing Antidepressants"
If you'd like to be a part of the Remembrance Ceremony
If you have any Media Connections

Thank you,
Camille Milke
Everything I Do, Every Breath I Take and Every Beat of My Heart
Is Dedicated To and In Loving Memory Of
Sarina Angel, My Beautiful Baby Girl

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow and Forever........
1/26/86 - 10/28/07, 21 years 9 months 3 days
N35° 05' 15.81" W106° 37' 02.71" (coordinates where she took her first breath)
N35° 12' 44.77" W106° 42' 29.32" (coordinates where she took her last breath)
COPES Foundation (Coalition Of Parents Enduring Suicide)
Camille Milke, Founder
Eternal "Mommy" of Sarina Angel
www.COPESfoundation.com

SarinasVoice@aol.com
Please sign my Petition to "Abolish Suicide-Causing Anti-Depressants"
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/COPESfoundation

My Mission is for the World to hear Sarina's Voice;
for she is no longer with me to speak.
But she will be heard, through me, her Mother.
For I live with her inside me and I will live out loud, her voice will be heard.
My Crusade is to Abolish Suicide-Causing Anti-Depressants.
There is strength in numbers,
I need the support of those who hold this issue close to their hearts;
to assure that other parents and their children live a happy life
without pain and without suicide.
My Campaign is to pass a Bill which will ultimately become
"Sarina's Law".

JORDAN BROWN,11,PA, URGENT ACTION/SUPPORT

URGENT ACTION APPEAL..JORDAN BROWN,11,PA..AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL... http://www.amnestyusa.org/actioncenter/actions/uaa09710.pdf
http://wandervogeldiary.wordpress.com

Urge advocates to read above articles and respondm in support of this "child".
Addresses are included in first article at bottom of page. A plea for "justice" for this child. There must be "change" in juvenile law.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

WHEN PUNISHMENT DOES "NOT" FIT THE CRIME/JUVENILE LAW REFORM




http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/article_7e5c1415-aa9e-5d2d-abe0-8b72ec85efdb.html

This case is one of thousands, all across America....The complaints in this article are exactly what I have been screaming/campaigning about for years, I have posted so many times, there are and can be alternative solutions, but officials are not listening., prosecutors only have tunnel vision, to make themselves look good in the eyes of the public, making them think, they are protecting the public and keeping them safe. There is not a child born, that won't experience some type of run in, with the law. Children and parents must be educated and get involved with their legal rights. Children are not born to be bad or get into some kind of trouble, they need guidance, as they develop and grow . What is so wrong with this picture? when a 5 or 7 yr old is handcuffed and hauled away to a squad car, for misbehavior at school?? Children will do what they have learned, from their enviornment and surrounding, if they do not have discipline and a structured enviornment, they will or be lead astray to do things, they should not do, they are so easily influenced by others. It is far and long overdue for American society to take their kids back!!!
Many children were put in prisons to serve long, barbaric sentences, for "mistakes" made as a child.......JUVENILE LAW REFORM is imperative, to help save our nation's youth....I hope more people will wake up to these atrocities against children........Please come activly join me in speaking out, writing the officials, getting actively involved, being a voice for those who can't!!!


Friday, August 6, 2010

CHRIS PITTMAN WAS ONLY 12/DESERVES A "CHANCE"

http://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/articles/14698/zoloft-pphn-birth-defects-lawyer-2.html

Christopher Pittman was ONLY 12 yrs of age, forced to take anti depressants HE, as many other "child prisoners" DESERVE A "CHANCE" Each case IS different AND CERTAINLY WARRANTS a thorough investigation, for :truth and justice.

HAINSTOCK CHILD SEEKS NEW TRIAL

http://www.wiscnews.com/baraboonewsrepublic/news/local/article_46fe9154-a102-11df-9211-001cc4c03286.html

ALL "children" deserve a "chance", life in prison with NO chances of parole is barbaric and inhumane. None of us are the same as we were as teens, alternative solutions can be done, in assisting "children" to become responsible, productive members of society, IF ONLY "OFFERED" A "CHANCE" Juvenile law reform is imperative, to help save our nation's children, from doom and death in prison.

Monday, August 2, 2010

High court trims Miranda warning rights bit by bit

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gni2seh8bCKwfEfxeA6Unf6tHqHgD9HB71O80

High court trims Miranda warning rights bit by bit

YOUTH SHOULD BE A FACTOR

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/opinion/20100802_Editorial__Youth_should_be_a_factor.html

ALL CHILDREN DESERVE A "CHANCE" TO BECOME A PRODUCTIVE MEMBER OF SOCIETY

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

SARA/16/LWOP~~**ALERT** A MUST VIEW VIDEO

http://www.youthlaw.org/publications/yln/2010/january_march_2010/ncyl_seeks_release_of_sara_kruzan_sentenced_to_life_in_prison_at_age_16/


Sara is now age 32.....

Yet another of many atrocities against children, please read Sara's story and the barbaric sentencing, lwop...this could have happened to any child...Many children, unfortunately are arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced AS ADULTS, they CLEARLY ARE NOT.....GIVEN "NO" CHANCES, NO REHABILITATION, NO REDEMPTION, "NO NOTHING"....LEFT TO "DIE" OFF IN PRISON....."HOW CRUEL & INHUMANE"!!!!!.......juvenile law reform is imperative, to help save our nation's children. BEWARE....your child could be next.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

REHABILITATION? ? WHAT PRISONERS ARE....

What prisoners are …

Despised. Rejected. Feared. Abhorred. Forgotten. Hated. Ridiculed. Scorned. Humiliated. Cursed. Berated. Shamed. Divided. Crushed. Shackled. Maimed.

What prisoners have …

No sky. No grass. No trees, No travel. No children. No wife. No man’s best friend. No trust. No suffrage. No income. No autonomy. No power to do good. No scent of a woman. No gurgling infant. No freedom of speech. No freedom of press. No freedom of self-expression. No dignity. No self- respect. No right to self-defense. No sympathy. No credibility. No honor. No acknowledgement of goodness. No acknowledgement of progress. No acknowledgement of remorse. No acknowledgement of existence. No image of God.

What prisoners endure …

Malnourishment. Beatings. Murder. Medical neglect. Torture. Humiliation. Forced labor. Sexual abuse. Broken families. Parentless children. Cursing. Threats. Social stigmas. Extortion. Self-hatred. Collaboration. Violence. Betrayal. Insanity. Suicide.

What I’ve achieved …

Wisdom. Sobriety. A profound respect for moral law. A deep religious faith. Self-respect. Physical discipline. Mental discipline. Intense scholarship. The writing of poetry, novels, and essays. Honesty. Empathy. Self-sacrificing love. Self-control. The ability to endure hatred without hating back. Reconciliation with family. Reconciliation with friends. An inclination toward charity. Fortitude. Joy amid despair. Peace amid violence. Stability amid madness. Hope for a future that’s fifty years away. Illumination.

What I am …

Despised. Rejected. Feared. Abhorred. Forgotten. Hated. Ridiculed. Scorned. Humiliated. Cursed. Berated. Shamed. Divided. Crushed. Shackled. Maimed.

Source: Solitary Watch & PEN Prison Writing Project

(Reposted by permission Prison Reform Movement)
http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=140987475917985&comments=#!/pages/PrisonReformMovement/226405247682





CAMPAIGN FOR YOUTH JUSTICE

Please view website for larger view

In the 1990’s most states passed laws that made it easier to try, sentence, and incarcerate youth in the adult criminal system. Today an estimated 200,000 youth are prosecuted into the adult criminal justice system each year.

Research shows that youth incarcerated in adult jails and prisons face an increased risk of being physically, mentally, and sexually assaulted or abused. Prosecuting kids as adults also increases the likelihood that they will reoffend. We now have a unique window of opportunity to impact state and federal policies– but that window is closing so we must act quickly.

Contact us a find out the things you can do to help be a voice for youth in your state. jointhemovement@cfyj.org


http://www.campaignforyouthjustice.org


(Posted by permission of the Campaign for Youth Justice organization)




Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Sunday, June 6, 2010

(NY)OVERDUE JUSTICE FOR CHILDREN

http://blog.syracuse.com/opinion/2010/06/overdue_justice_gov_patersons.html


(Excerpt-please read full article)

Gov. David Paterson proposed bold legislation Wednesday that would begin to overhaul how New York treats children who break the law.

It’s about time. It’s been 9½ months since the U.S. Justice Department found that children sent to the state’s dysfunctional youth prisons got shoddy mental health care and were treated violently by guards. And it’s been 4½ months since the governor’s task force on juvenile justice issued recommendations to reform the entire system.....

Saturday, June 5, 2010

California lawmakers offer the possibility of parole to juveniles convicted of murder.....

Heads up California.........certainly a step in the "right" direction for our nation's youth

(excerpt below)please read full article at url provided

This week, the US Supreme Court decided it was unconstitutional to sentence juveniles to life in prison without parole, if they did not commit homicide. The 6-3 decision has inspired California lawmakers to enact SB 399, a measure taking the court's action one step further. The bill ensures that convicted juveniles, even those who commited crimes involving homicide, would be eligible for parole.....

http://caivn.org/article/2010/06/05/california-lawmakers-offer-possibility-parole-juveniles-convicted-murder

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Young prisoners deserve second chance

ALL "children" imprisoned deserve a "chance" to prove themselves, they have changed, grown up, and to become a productive member of society, but officials have thrown away the "key" for so many. The lastest ruling by the U. S. Supreme court is actually "discrimatory", what about the many left behind, that this ruling does not apply, many children did NOT murder anyone, that did get long, harsh sentencing, IE...30 years with NO chance of parole, what about them? The ruling should NOT have just applied to those ONLY with life with no chance of parole, but for ALL children.

http://www.pennlive.com/editorials/index.ssf/2010/06/young_prisoners_deserve_second.html

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

MIRANDA RIGHTS/U.S. SUPREME COURT RULING~**ALERT**

PLEASE "EDUCATE" YOURSELF AND YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT THIS RULING, SO VITALLY IMPORTANT TO US ALL AND MOST ESPECIALLY THE "CHILDREN".

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_supreme_court_miranda_rights

Right to remain silent? Suspect better speak up

(excerpt---PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE)

A right to remain silent and a right to a lawyer http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/06/01/us.scotus.miranda/index.html?eref=rss_crime are at the top of the warnings that police recite to suspects during arrests and interrogations.

But Tuesday's majority said that suspects must break their silence and tell police they are going to remain quiet to stop an interrogation, just as they must tell police that they want a lawyer.

Monday, May 31, 2010

THE SLOW MARCH TO "JUSTICE FOR CHILDREN"

"Despite the rhetoric about how much America loves its children, this nation allowed juveniles as young as 12 years old to receive the death penalty, until the Thompson v. Oklahoma case (1988) limited the application of capital punishment to youngsters older than 16"......

http://thecrimereport.org/2010/05/31/the-slow-march-to-justice-for-children

Thursday, May 27, 2010

No justice in Kosciusko boys’/ move to adult court

Another tragedy, but why? How and where does children learn/get the idea of such horrible things? They live and learn from their enviornment/surroundings. More lives destroyed. WHY?

http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20100527/EDIT05/305279998/1147/EDIT07

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

LET JUVENILE OFFENDERS HAVE A "REASON" TO "HOPE"

This certainly should be for ALL of our nation's youth, not just a selected area of youth. Law reform is imperative for all "children"

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20100526/OPINION04/5260338/-1/LIFE04/Let-juvenile-offenders-have-reason-for-hope

JORDAN BROWN, A CHILD/"EQUAL/FAIR JUSTICE"??

This child's picture and case has been constantly in the newspapers around the world, how can he possibly get a "fair and equal justice" trial???? Innocent UNTIL "proven" guilty!!
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http://www.philly.com/inquirer/opinion/20100526_Crimes_that_test_our_values.html?text=lg&c=y#axzz0p1fWR4tl

(Excerpt--please read full article)
"Crimes that test our values
Harsh, rigid sentencing makes little sense when it comes to child offenders.

By William DiMascio
In many respects, our society is more interested in punishing wrongdoing than correcting it. Nowhere is this more obvious than in how we deal with juveniles who commit violent crimes..........."

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

U.S. SUPREME COURT RULING/TIME WILL TELL IF CORRECT

http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20100525/OPINION/5250311

(Excerpt-PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE)
Even so, we believe that juvenile criminals shouldn't be simply shut up in cells with hardened criminals. Too often as a result of that our prisons basically become crime factories, where young inmates learn how to commit even more grievous crimes.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Juveniles Need A Chance, Not Life In Prison

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127037025


(excerpt)PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE

"I remember meeting a guy even younger than I was waiting for a bus to go to prison. I'll call him Rasheed. His voice still carried the cracks and high notes of adolescence, and his smooth face had never seen a razor........"

WHY THROW AWAY THE "KEY"? FOR JUVENILES

Look around and see what all children are facing in their growing up years, the exposure to such young lives. Mistakes are made, but is it right/justified, to send them to a slow death??? ALL children "deserve" a "chance", many languishing in prison to DIE there, for "mistakes" made as a "child". Law reform is imperative to save our nation's youth from "destruction" and "deaths"

http://www.sacbee.com/2010/05/21/2766470/why-throw-away-key-for-juveniles.html

Saturday, May 15, 2010

IMPRISONING "CHILDREN" FOR "LIFE"

A MUST READ PLEASE......Imprisoning Children for Life...." children given LWOP are "condemned to die in prison;"-- dispensed in adult courts, they ignore the "less(er) culpability of juvenile offenders; their ineptness at navigating the criminal justice system; their potential for rehabilitation, reintegration into society," and known child development principles "established through national standards and international human rights law;"......

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Imprisoning-Children-for-L-by-Stephen-Lendman-100515-793.html

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Jordan Brown can appeal adult ruling in shooting case

Case belongs in "juvenile" court, "juvenile" means anyone UNDER the age of 18, Jordan was ONLY 11. Let's all hope justice will be tempered with "compassion and mercy" for this child.
PLEASE SEE FULL ARTICLE.....

http://www.wbtv.com/global/story.asp?s=12472873

"A judge has ruled a 12-year-old western Pennsylvania boy charged with fatally shooting his father's pregnant fiancee can appeal the decision to try him as an adult."

Monday, May 10, 2010

Q&A: Exploring false confessions

VERY IMPORTANT, A MUST READ, get educated, get involved.

http://www2.dailyprogress.com/cdp/news/local/article/qa_exploring_false_confessions/55995

(excerpt)PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE....
In April, University of Virginia associate law professor Brandon L. Garrett shared his research about false confessions of people exonerated by DNA with about 90 such people.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

BOYS 15 & 12 TO BE TRIED AS "ADULTS"?????

Ind. boys to be tried as adults in stepdad slaying,ages 15 and 12.....Defense attorneys argued the boys would be better served in the juvenile system, but Huffer, who has 13 years of experience as a juvenile court judge, said "it was not equipped to handle such cases."...........NOT EQUIPPED??? I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHY???? Isn't that... what juvenile system is for???........I realize this is a horrible tragedy, but they are NOT adults!!!.......So if convicted, these "children" will get the help and rehab they surely need in the adult system???? You can bet there will not be anything at all, throw them away and forget........sound familiar America?????

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iL6FpC2rKcPsm5hLIkkvp3fFXvAgD9FD02982

WILL THE WEST MEMPHIS 3 EVER SEE "FINAL JUSTICE"???.......

Beebe Appoints Special Judge for Supreme Court to Hear West Memphis 3 Appeal.........

http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article.aspx?aID=121696.54928.133837

LEGAL RIGHTS OF JUVENILES

THIS "SCANDAL" SHOULD HAVE "NEVER" HAPPENED.......Constitutional and legal rights of juveniles should have "always" been in "place", for the protection of each and every child........
D.A.'s group in Pa. issues new rules for juvenile cases.........


http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/20100429_D_A__s_group_in_Pa__issues_new_rules_for_juvenile_cases.html?text=xlg&c=y

JUSTICE FOR JORDAN BROWN(12)

JORDAN BROWN, A CHILD JUST TURNED 12......"INNOCENT" UNTIL "PROVEN" GUILTY??
http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/jordan-brown-murder-case-12-year-adult/story?id=10288704

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Berea man testifies before Congress for juvenile justice

So important to us all, juvenile justice law reform is so desperately needed to help save our nation's youth from doom and deaths....

http://richmondregister.com/localnews/x1687725731/Berea-man-testifies-before-Congress-for-juvenile-justice

WEST MEMPHIS 3/SOUVIRON ON CASE

Expert gives juries something to chew on......Souviron is now working for the defence in a suspected wrongful conviction case. Known as the West Memphis Three, it has attracted a host of high-profile celebrity supporters and well-known forensic experts...

http://thechronicleherald.ca/ArtsLife/1179478.html

Sunday, April 25, 2010

CRITICAL PSYCHOLOGY/DR. DAN EDMUNDS

One of many of Dr. Edmunds phenomenal website writings, a MUST READ, very interesting and most informative. Many of his writings are found on facebook as well.

http://blogs.alternet.org/drdanedmunds/

A BLIND EYE TO CHILDREN'S SUFFERING/A MUST READ

AN ABSOLUTE MUST READ, abuse is happening all across this nation to "innocent" children.
Severe abuse, rapes, sexual assaults, and even deaths occur to children who have been incarcerated, abuse is NOT happening just on the "outside", but behind those cells walls as well.~~

I often question "what are the qualification credentials", required to become an employee, in areas of "children"??

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-rutten20-2010mar20,0,3210275.column


When it comes to local government, we too often shrug over things that ought to enrage us......

Florida...mandatory review..important for us all....

Florida's rigid laws...prison time for first offense....reform is desperately needed and can save the state many dollars....

http://www.ocala.com/article/20100425/ARTICLES/4251014/1402/NEWS

Saturday, April 24, 2010

NEGATIVITY ABOUNDS

So unfortunately, the negativity is a facet of this life, we have the freedom to ignore it, but it is a root of evil that seems to thrive among society’s population, “they” seems to believe everything is true, they read in the papers, which is so far from the actual truth of many subjects published. We make our own paths for our serenity and peace, those who do not agree and shout out their opinions, have that right, but to intrude into our world, with such negavitity is a total waste of time and certainly non-productive. Society has been so brain washed away from truth and justice, acting liken to that of robots, or monkey see, monkey do.

We must continue to follow our own hearts and souls, as to what is truth, what is justice, in a land so full of evil and INjustice. Paying it forward and RAOK is so simple and is always FREE. Compassion and mercy for our fellow man, seems to have been lost long time ago, evil lurks everywhere, we must guard our own paths away from such waste.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

JORDAN BROWN(11)PA......"incidentally he is innocent until proven guilty —No one's going to dispute that Brown committed a monstrous act"......AGAIN, this child is bashed, condemned in the media,this reporter states he is innocent until proven guilty, yet states no one would dispute that he committed this crime,,,,another Assumption, not facts of any evidence.......contradicting themselves in their own report.....

http://www.mercurynews.com/columns/ci_14853220?nclick_check=1See More

Thursday, April 1, 2010

EQUAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE CHALLENGES CASE-13 YR OLD LWOP

Children DO deserve a "chance", to sentence a child to life with NO chance of parole is barbaric and inhumane, it is "state sanctioned death penalty" for this child. Justice must be tempered with "compassion and mercy!" Demarious Banyard(13) at time of this case, now 20 yrs old, but facing life with NO chance of parole.


EJI Challenges 13-Year-Old Mississippi Child's Conviction and Sentence to Die in Prison

http://eji.org/eji/node/373

Monday, March 29, 2010

JORDAN BROWN(11)NOW 12 TO BE TRIED AS AN "ADULT"

"A psychiatrist for the prosecution had argued the boy wasn't likely to be rehabilitated in juvenile court"......SO HE WILL GET "REHABILITATED IN THE ADULT SYSTEM UH?
AT 12 YRS OLD???? "NOT".........this is so wrong, child's case has not even been to court YET!!! So this psychiatrist can "read" MINDS??? "JUSTICE IS "NOT..." THE "TAKING" OF ANOTHER LIFE!

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jfa9crowwYSaKgP-QgbrSihF6iHAD9EOC5VO5See%20More

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jfa9crowwYSaKgP-QgbrSihF6iHAD9EOC5VO5

"Lawrence County Judge Dominick Motto on Monday ordered the now 12-year-old boy to be tried as an adult."

Saturday, March 27, 2010

WHAT DOES AMERICA SAY TO THIS CHILD? SENTENCED TO 120 YRS

Got a letter today from John T. Vance, located at the Wabash Correctional Facility, in Carlisle, In ... I did a net search of his name, to try to find out about his case, he has been an inmate since 1992..so he is around 33-34 yrs of age now.....I did read where he had filed a PCR, but was denied....his case involves robbery and the death of his mother. I do not know all the details of this case. To read more about his case, please do a search of his full name John T. Vance.

he states the following:

"I have been incarcerated since the age of 15-In 1991. I was given a 120 yr sentence by a court that lacked the jurisdiction to impose the criminal sentence. I am searching for a way to get my issue heard in Federal court. Can you assist me? If not, can you direct me to someone who can?

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I do not know how he came across my address, but wrote him back, after doing a net search, and came across an address for Legal Svcs Support in Indianapolis, In, located at 151 N. Delaware St, 18th floor.

and sent that info on to him........ if you can help in any way with additional information please send on to this young man.

John T. Vance # 923106
Wabash Correctional Facility
P. O. Box 1111
Carlisle, Indiana 47838

Many thanks,

Thursday, March 25, 2010

DEMARIOUS BANYARD(13)/MS SUPREME COURT AGREES TO REVIEW CONVICTION

Have followed this child's case from the beginning, and have written him many times, but never a reply, this is a step in the "right" direction, to send a "child" to life with NO chance of parole, is barbaric and inhumane. Will "justice" truly be obtained, from the supreme court? I truly hope so, for the sake of this child.
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http://www.wxvt.com/Global/story.asp?S=12204600
High court to review conviction in murder case
Associated Press - March 25, 2010 3:14 PM ET

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court agreed Thursday to the appeal of a Jackson teenager conviction of murder in the death of a pizza deliveryman.

A Hinds County jury in 2006 convicted Demarious Banyard of capital murder in the shooting death of Robin Ballard. Prosecutors said Ballard was shot in the neck on Feb. 24, 2003, during an attempted robbery.

Banyard was 13 at the time of the shooting. He was sentenced to life without parole.

The State Court of Appeals upheld Banyard's conviction last year.
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Banyard was ONLY 13, was sentenced to LIFE WITH NO CHANCE OF PAROLE


(Posted in the interest of "justice" and "public awareness" of INjustice issues against 'children"
Credit is given to the author of this article, no infringement intended

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved

CHILDREN ABANDONED and DYING

Video sent along to me from a co-advocate.....just to share, but of great importance to us all

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BU515pmseWE&feature=email

Sunday, March 21, 2010

A nation’s journey from slavery to prisons

http://www.boston.com/ae/books/articles/2010/03/21/a_nations_journey_from_slavery_to_prisons

Perkinson’s new book, “Texas Tough: The Rise of America’s Prison Empire,’’ is a penetrating and impassioned history of American punishment from slavery to the present, the result of a decade of research and of hundreds of interviews that he conducted throughout the prison system.

What happens in the court system when a child commits murder?

One of the states, in reference to "juvenile" issues....a must read....

http://www.registercitizen.com/articles/2010/03/21/news/doc4ba598e939dc4671049121.txt

Saturday, March 20, 2010

BLIND'S EYE TO CHILDREN'S SUFFERING

AN ABSOLUTE MUST READ, abuse is happening all across this nation to "innocent" children.
Severe abuse, rapes, sexual assaults, and even deaths occur to children who have been incarcerated, abuse is NOT happening just on the "outside", but behind those cells walls as well.~~

I often question "what are the qualification credentials", required to become an employee, in areas of "children"??

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-rutten20-2010mar20,0,3210275.column


When it comes to local government, we too often shrug over things that ought to enrage us

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Judge: Put youth before potholes/A MUST READ

http://gwcommonwealth.com/articles/2010/03/18/news/top_stories/03182010news01.txt


An excellent article in "helping kids"............A MUST READ

Jordan Brown(11)POSTER CHILD OF INJUSTICE

Hope you will read this article about Jordan Brown, get educated and get involved, for the sake of Jordan's life, and those of many of our nation's YOUTH...... http://www.jordanbrowntrust.org/index.html

Please also read this important diary/blog....this gentleman is working hard to help make a difference for Jordan ...
http://wandervogeldiary.wordpress.com

Law should protect kids, even criminals

Strongly urge you to please READ closely this full article, children are NOT adults, and have NOT the capabilities, nor the mentality of an adult, tho many DO get into trouble as kids, they DO deserve a "chance", an "offer" of education & rehabilitative efforts to become "productive members of society"........ NONE of us are the same person we were, when as a "child!"

http://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100318/NEWS04/3180304

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

More States Ponder Ending Teen Life Terms; Prosecutors Dissent

http://thecrimereport.org/2010/03/16/more-states-ponder-ending-teen-life-terms-prosecutors-dissent/

"he says, adding that teens put away for life are those whom “the juvenile system is giving up on.”

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My question to the above statement is "WHY"???

Monday, March 15, 2010

FIGHTING FOR THEIR LIVES.........JUVENILE LAW REFORM

How many more children will face this destruction of their young lives, juvenile law "reform" is so imperative, alternative solutions can be met in governing "children", many incarcerated are in fact innocent, but takes "money" for obtaining justice........JMO
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http://www.colorlines.com/article.php?ID=691
Efrén Paredes Jr. was a 15-year-old honor roll student in rural Michigan when he was convicted of killing an assistant manager at the grocery store where he worked and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole..............

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Saturday, March 13, 2010

(FL)Bill on juvenile inmates makes strides in Tallahassee

"Children" DO "deserve a chance", people change, no one is the same as they were when they were "children". They CAN become "productive members of society", IF ONLY given a "chance", life and life with NO chance of parole, is state sanctioned murder of these children.
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http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20100313/NEWS01/3130309/1006/news01/Bill+on+juvenile+inmates+makes+strides+in+Tallahassee
Backers of a state bill that would provide a chance at freedom for children sentenced to long prison sentences are growing confident as the proposed legislation made it through a crucial Senate committee this week, further clearing the way for a possible vote by lawmakers.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Teen court gives young transgressors a true jury of their peers

A MUST READ....

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2010/03/teen_court_gives_young_transgr.html

Friday, March 5, 2010

EDUCATE YOUR CHILDREN/LAW ISSUES

http://www.ajc.com/opinion/milton-taking-the-initiative-351091.html

I have talked about this very subject and have posted about it for many years. But again, NO one seems to be listening and children are being destroyed by this gov't officials.
This article is in the state of GA, but this info needs to be in EVERY SCHOOL IN AMERICA.

(excerpt)

We may wish our kids could stay innocent, but we’re foolish if we think keeping them from knowing the law will keep them from breaking it. “If our criminal laws treat teenagers as adults,” Morgan states, “our society has a moral obligation to educate our teenagers — and we need to do it now.”

Thursday, March 4, 2010

7 YR OLD FACING ASSAULT CHARGES/WHAT???

http://news.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20100304student_7_charged_with_assaults_on_teachers/srvc=home&position=5


Another of many reasons, we should never be silent about juvenile issues!!!
Alternative solutiions could have been met, and leave out law enforcement!!!!!
Seems school officials just aren't getting it!!! if they cannot handle an issue like this with a 7 yr old, they do not qualify to be in authority in a school system. To bring "charges" against a 7 yr old is absolutely obsurd/ridiculous.... The emotional trauma will linger with this child
for years......where is the "common sense"??? DUH !!!!! Parents better
watch their babies very closely.!!!!! jmo

CHILD CRIMINALS ARE STILL "CHILDREN"

http://www.dailycamera.com/ci_14506979#axzz0hCAlLyOV

(excerpt-please read full article)

Extra step in juvenile charging reasonable
By Erika Stutzman
Posted: 03/04/2010 01:00:00 AM MST

"Childhood development experts point to neuroscience and other research to explain why children are different from adults: Their brains are literally wired differently. Their impulse control is weaker. Behavioral researchers link that neuroscience to a child's inability to fully understand consequences as well.

And society treats children differently than it treats adults. Children can't vote, for instance. Children can't get full-time jobs in factories, and children can't buy beer.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Cost of Incarceration: How we treat our children

A suggested MUST READ for all children and parents/guardians


http://tri-statedefenderonline.com/articlelive/articles/4679/1/The-Cost-of-Incarceration-How-we-treat-our-children/Page1.html

Monday, February 22, 2010

Juvenile Inmates in the Ohio Adult System

http://www.corrections.com/news/article/23575-juvenile-inmates-in-the-ohio-adult-system

The Madison Correctional Institution juvenile offender unit aims to provide the juvenile population an opportunity to learn the skills necessary to prepare them for release from the structured environment, equipping them to make positive choices and decisions that will contribute to them becoming a mature adult, whether they continue to serve time at an adult prison or are released back to society.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

12 YR OLD ARRESTED/HANDCUFFED FOR "DOODLING" ON SCHOOL DESK

http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/02/18/new.york.doodle.arrest/index.html

ZERO TOLERANCE HAS GONE ENTIRELY "TOO FAR", alternative solutions could have been met, this incident DID NOT warrant, arresting and handcuffing a 12 yr old "child"!!
If a principal or school staff can NOT handle and resolve a situation like this, they do NOT need to be a position of authority over "children".

KIDS SHOULD NEVER BE "TRIED" AS ADULTS

http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/02/18/schwartz.kids.trials

(excerpt-PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE, SO VERY IMPORTANT TO ALL OF OUR NATION'S YOUTH!) Reference Jordan Brown,(11)

Editor's note: Robert Schwartz co-founded the Juvenile Law Center in 1975 and has been its executive director since 1982. The center is a nonprofit public interest law firm that uses the law to ensure that youths in the foster care and justice systems are treated fairly and have opportunities to become productive adults.