Tuesday, May 31, 2011

One Week in the Life of a Police State

http://www.rutherford.org/articles_db/commentary.asp?record_id=713


(Excerpt-A must read of full article, affects us all)


The Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches and seizures of our persons and effects was designed so that government agents would be forced to treat us with due respect. With this protection now gone, those who attempt to exercise their rights will often be forced to defend themselves against an increasingly inflexible and uncompromising government.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Wrongful Conviction as Way of Life

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/29/books/review/book-review-convicting-the-innocent-where-criminal-prosecutions-go-wrong-by-brandon-l-garrett.html?_r=1


(Excerpt-PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE), book review, an astounding article, a must read and share.


Judge Learned Hand called “the ghost of the innocent man convicted” an “unreal dream.” But in “Convicting the Innocent,” Brandon L. Garrett shows that it can be a “nightmarish reality.”

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

False confessions often come from young, coerced

http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/falseconfessions05252011/falseconfessions05252011


(Excerpt)PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE





Richard Leo, one of the nation's top experts on false confessions, has studied what goes wrong.

"For people to say 'I'd never give a false confession' is naïve," he said.

"They don't understand the situational pressures" by police trained in wearing down suspects' resistance, said Leo, a law professor at the University of San Francisco.


"Children" are indeed naive and very vulnerable, they do not know their miranda rights, nor much at all about the law, neither do most adults.

Jajuana Calloway On Losing Her 14-Year-Old to a 30-Year Prison Sentence

http://jjie.org/jajuana-calloway-on-losing-her-teen-year-prison-sentence/15534


(Excerpt-PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE)


Abraham Lincoln said, “He who sees cruelty and does nothing about it is himself cruel.” I feel this statement is so applicable to the current judicial system, which requires lengthy mandatory sentencing for juveniles as young as 14, with no opportunity for parole.

JUVENILE JUSTICE INFORMATION EXCHANGE
A weath of information, please get educated and informed of juvenile issues.
http://jjie.org


We MUST continue to be a "voice" for our nation's children.

Childen don't get a "do over" of their most formative years

http://www.timesleader.com/opinion/Juvie_bills_merit__swift_approval_05-24-2011.html


(Excerpt-PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE)



We are talking about children. We get a brief chance to help those who enter the system. When adults make errors in juvenile court, the children don’t get a “do-over” of their most formative years.


Justice must be tempered with compassion and mercy. For the sake and protection of YOUR own child, get educated, informed and support Juvenile LAW REFORM.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

NO FALSE CONFESSIONS?? Science has found dozens, often wrung from coerced young suspects

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2011/may/22/plea-pressure-hours-of-threats-and-promises


Marty Tankleff, Jeffrey Deskovic finally exonerated after years of imprisonment, had confessed to a crime they did NOT commit.

It is imperative to get educated and involved in juvenile law reform. Learn and know the miranda rights. Justice must be tempered with compassion and mercy. Far too many shattered lives, broken hearts and years in prison, when "innocent", a travesty of injustice upon these children. The physical and emotional trauma experienced will last a life time. Society cannot begin to understand or comprehend the devastation and struggles children are forced to bear, even after they were released. For the West Memphis 3, justice has been/is long overdue.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Michigan-Juvenile crime laws need to be revisited

http://www.detnews.com/article/20110517/OPINION01/105170308/1008/Michigan%E2%80%99s-juvenile-crime-laws-need-to-be-revisited


(Excerpt-PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE)



Every child convicted of crime should have their sentence reviewed later in life and a meaningful opportunity for release.


Not only for Michigan, but in all states, "children" DO deserve a "chance".
Justice MUST be tempered with compassion and mercy

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

It shouldn't hurt to be a "child"

http://www.thecrimereport.org/viewpoints/2011-04-it-should-not-hurt-to-be-a-child


(Excerpt-PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE)


The worst betrayal a child can endure is sexual/physical abuse or neglect by a parent. Assuring a child that if they tell they will be protected, but then failing to protect heaps betrayal upon betrayal.

We need to carry through on our promises to children. This is the next level of child abuse awareness our society needs!

Justice for children

http://www.justiceforchildren.org/#%20


Justice for Children is the voice for abused and neglected children. When these children get lost or forgotten we provide a safety net through legal support, monitoring of and guidance through the system. We create awareness by educating families, front-line workers and the community. In a world where children have no legal rights, we are often the child’s last hope




Juvenile law reform is so imperative, prevention of child abuse, protecting our nation's youth.

Monday, May 9, 2011

College of Law conducts conference on adolescent brain, juvenile justice

http://asunews.asu.edu/20110509_law_conference


The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law is hosting a national conference that brings together leading scientists and legal experts from around the country to discuss the issues of neuroscience in the juvenile justice system.

"They" continue to have studies, meetings, conferences, etc etc, for years, they still apparently do NOT know a "child" is a "CHILD"?????.. The system is BROKEN, known for YEARS!!!!!!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Remembering Mary Ellen.......A TRAVESTY OF CHILD ABUSE

http://www.whoopassforjustice.org/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=2469&start=0&hilit=mary+ellen


My name is Mary Ellen McCormack. I don't know how old I am... I have never had but one pair of shoes, but I can't recollect when that was. I have no shoes or stocking this winter..........

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Cautionary Instruction: Compassion and juvenile justice in Pennsylvania

http://communityvoices.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php/news/ipso-facto/28657-the-cautinary-instruction-compassion-and-juvenile-justice-in-pennsylvania


Please note the difference in sentencing in the cases mentioned of other children. So what about the case of Jordan Brown, who was only 11 when that tragedy occurred.

Justice must be tempered with compassion and mercy. It is so obviously CLEAR, that a child is a "child", NOT an adult. How can this "child" possibly get a fair/just trial, when his case and picture has been publicized the world over??


(Posted in the interest of justice and public awareness, author/copyrights acknowledged, NO infringement intended)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Juvenile Advocates helping to make a difference in the lives of "CHILDREN"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ym2UJ2yCPeY&feature=youtu.be


Steven is one of many juvenile justice advocates, helping to make a difference in the lives of children, a child is NOT an adults, justice must be tempered with compassion and mercy.

Get involved with juvenile LAW REFORM, get educated in these issues, for the sake of your OWN child/ren.


Thanks to the many "out there", who freely give of their time, hard work for "juvenile law reform."

A quote from Mother Teresa.........

People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
...Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway."

Paying it forward each day................

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Challenge the criminalization of our youth!

http://sfbayview.com/2011/challenge-the-criminalization-of-our-youth

(Excerpt-PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE)

Youth are targeted by “tough on crime” laws which hold them to the same standard as adults, although it has been demonstrated that teenagers are still maturing and cannot reasonably be treated the same as adults. This practice is in strict violation of international human rights law and represents a severe lack of compassion – a lack consistent throughout this country’s history. Since the majority of the young people with LWOP sentences are youth of color, this also duplicates the pattern of racism which pervades the entire criminal legal system.


A CHILD IS A "CHILD", all deserve a "chance", NOT a slow death sentencing!!!!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Judge Teske comments/children/law

http://jjie.org/judge-steve-teske-on-road-less-traveled-make-good-law-for-kids/14144


WELL WORTH READING BY ALL......


Judge Steve Teske On The Road Less Traveled to Make Good Law for Kids

Miranda rights? What about the "children"??

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-birckhead-miranda-20110502,0,3446986.story


(Excerpt-PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE)



The case involved a 13-year-old boy, J.D.B., who was questioned by police at his middle school about local break-ins. According to prosecutors, the juvenile court judge and the North Carolina appellate courts, the boy had no right to be told that he could remain silent and have a lawyer because he was not "in custody"; only custodial interrogation triggers the duty to give the warning, as established by Miranda vs. Arizona in 1966.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

10 yr old charged with murder/what happens to this child?

http://www.examiner.com/hanover-in-harrisburg/10-year-old-franklin-county-girl-charged-with-murder


Such a tragedy here, but too, what happens to this "child", will she get the counseling, rehabilitative efforts to grow into a productive member of society, or will she be yet another "thrown away child?"