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.