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.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

IS OUR JURY SYSTEM ALWAYS JUST? JUSTUS 4 CHRIS !









http://www.webspawner.com/users/justus4chris/index.html


REASONS WHY THE JURY SYSTEM FAILED CHRISTOPHER THRASHER


At age of only 16, sentenced to life with NO chance of parole, to die in prison, for a crime he did NOT commit.

Please view this video as well...very important....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX88aPfE5HE

Monday, February 15, 2010

TOO HARSH FOR THE TOO YOUNG

http://www.wellesleynewsonline.com/opinion/crime-and-punishment-too-harsh-for-the-too-young-1.934786

A MUST READ....juvenile law reform is imperative...alternative solutions so needed.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Protecting Youth in Prisons From Violence and Abuse

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/07/opinion/lweb07juvenile.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

(excerpt=PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE..........Are YOU a juvenile justice advocate?? The life you save, could be your own "child"!!

Our current juvenile justice system often dispatches children to detention centers with virtually no protection but their own defenses. When no one is guarding their safety and well-being, youth in custody are easy prey to sexual victimization and rape.

11 YR OLD facing ADULT CHARGES/

http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/02/10/pennsylvania.young.murder.defendant/


Justice must be "tempered" with compassion and mercy. Justice is NOT vengeance and hatred!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

(WI)Proposal would bump age for juvenile crimes

http://www.wislawjournal.com/article.cfm/2010/02/15/Proposal-would-bump-age-for-juvenile-crimes


(excerpt-PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE)

Rep. Fred Kessler said he plans to introduce a bill in the coming month to restore the age of juvenile court jurisdiction to 18.

The threshold is currently 17. Wisconsin changed its law in 1995 as part of a national trend of states modifying laws to deter juvenile criminal activity.

“I think the change proved to be a mistake,” said Kessler, who previously served as a circuit court judge. “One of the things we know is kids don’t mature as early as people wish, but we’re treating them as adults and giving them criminal records.”

FROM "LOST" BOYS TO "FOUND" MEN

http://lovingaconvict.ning.com/profiles/blogs/from-lost-boys-to-found-men

There's a population of prisoners within the United States prison apparatus that were waived from the Juvenile court system into an adult system and given lengthy prison sentences. These men have been incarcerated for the past 10-15yrs, and for alot of them they have another 10-15yrs to complete before they are even eligable for parole. This specific population of prisoners have successfully transformed from lost boys to found men despite the prison enviroment's relentless promotion of malfeasance. Just as you and every other mature adult has, these men have shed their adolescent skin, nature/time has freed them from their myopic cages, that was, their adolescent brains, leaving no resemblance of the child that came through the prison gates 10-15yrs ago. These men are, fundamentally speaking, completely different people, just as you are fundamentally different today than you were in high school.

I thoroughly and intimately know these men, for I am one of them, and I walk amongst them. We represent a small proportion of the prison population but our lights shine brightly within this cave and our hearts pound in rhythm with everything positive behind these cold walls. We want the world to know that we are here, that we exist. For waivering it's hildren into the adult prison system and giving lenghty sentences is a fairly new American trend, which makes our existense within the U.S prison population a new phenomena. So we want to give our voiceless existence a loud clear message and our invisability a form. We are the portion of the prison population, the only portion, that are well into our adulthood though we never committed a crime as adults, yet we are being forced to pay with our lives for a childhood mistake.
"Does it not come a point when one person (the man) is being punished for the actions of another person (the child) ?

Dante D. Cottingham
#259241
Green Bay Corr Ins.
WI

SIX BASEMENT~JUVENILE LAW "REFORM"

http://thecrimereport.org/2010/01/28/six-basement/

(excerpt-PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE)

The following essay received the First Place in memoir in the PEN 2009 Prison Writing Contest. Mr. Hughes has allowed us to share his work.

I was 12 months into my bit in reform school and had caught some kind of awful disease. I had sores all over, with puffy scabs on them. They seem to drain and spread, and my face looked terrible with my whole chin and half my face one big scab. My body was peppered with scabs of all different sizes. I wasn’t the only one—75% of the population looked the same way.........

Throw-Away Children: Juvenile Justice in Collapse

http://thecrimereport.org/2010/02/09/throw-away-children-juvenile-justice-in-collapse/


(excerpt-PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE)

The system is failing thousands of our most vulnerable youth. Is it time for reform?

The U.S. spends $5 billion a year on juvenile courts, but it’s hard to argue that taxpayers are getting what they paid for. Many criminologists already agree that the country’s criminal justice system is overdue for reform; but no area seems more in need of urgent attention than juvenile justice.

HOW THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM FAILED ME.......

http://criminaljustice.change.org/blog/view/how_the_juvenile_justice_system_failed_me_and_how_to_fix_it

At the age of sixteen, R. Dwayne Betts—a good student from a lower-middle-class family—carjacked a man with a friend. He had never held a gun before, but within a matter of minutes he had committed six felonies. A bright young kid, he served his nine-year sentence as part of the adult population in some of the worst prisons in the state. Dwayne's recent book, A Question of Freedom, is a coming-of-age story with the unique twist that it takes place in prison. Utterly alone—and with the growing realization that he really is not going home any time soon—Dwayne confronts profound questions about violence, freedom, crime, race, and the justice system. Above all, A Question of Freedom is about a quest for identity—one that guarantees Dwayne's survival in a hostile environment that incorporates an understanding of how his own past led to the moment of his crime

KIDS IN PRISON~COULD HAVE BEEN "YOUR" CHILD!

http://criminaljustice.change.org/blog/view/kids_in_prison


"Harsh sentences for kids aren't just cruel, they're also ineffective. A new study from Michelle Deitch at the University of Texas finds that "the research unequivocally shows that children prosecuted as adults are more likely to re-offend and to pose a threat to society."

APPEAL FOR "JUSTICE"/WRONGFULLY CONVICTED

CHRISTOPHER DUNN, yet another, so similiar to many other cases of wrongfully convicted.

http://www.justicedenied.org/christop.htm

Monday, February 8, 2010

NO CHILD SHOULD FACE SENTENCE OF LIFE WITH "NO" CHANCE OF PAROLE

CHILDREN ARE SIMPLY "NOT" ADULTS, THEY DESERVE A "CHANCE", LIFE W/NO PAROLE IS STATE SANCTIONED "MURDER"

http://www.iberkshires.com/new/story.php?story_id=33893

(excerpt) Please read full article....

In 2005, the Supreme Court held in Roper v. Simmons that it is unconstitutional to impose the death penalty for crimes committed while under the age of 18. The two-step test applied in the ruling comprised: the "national consensus" position, that capital punishment for juvenile offenders was increasingly rare; and the "evolving standards of decency" test, that the death penalty was disproportionate due to juveniles' undeveloped decision-making capacity and potential for rehabilitation

Sunday, February 7, 2010

JUVENILE PRISON "WATCH"

http://juvenileprisonwatch.blogspot.com/


I hope you will take the time to read/browse thru this most important URL, so important to us ALL

Get rid of direct-file law/Prosecutor power over cases

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/other-views/story/1466098.html

A prosecutor should NOT have MORE power over cases than a judge, they have entirely TOO much power over cases, in deciding whether case stays in juvenile court or is transferred to adult court. A CHILD IS A CHILD, "NOT" AN ADULT!!!

(excerpt-PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE)

A judge is not involved. A courtroom is not involved. No checks and balances. No hearing; no right to be heard. No right to appeal the decision.