Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Trying Children as Adults

http://jjie.org/editorial-by-john-lash-on-trying-children-as-adults/25595

(Excerpt-please read full article)

Some argue that juveniles are less responsible for their actions, that they are in essence miniature adults who deserve what they get. They would have us believe that juveniles are in fact beyond redemption, and that they can predict which children will not change......


"Children" DO deserve a "chance", many are in prison, just by wrong associations, they are so easily influenced by others, their brains are immature, they are still growing in body and mind/brains. Far too many have lost hope, abandoned by society, officials and families. We, as advocates must/need to continue to be their voices.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

HELP STOP "ABUSE"/10 YR OLD DIED/PUNISHED FOR BED WETTING

http://www.krem.com/news/Boy-punished-for-wetting-bed-dies-128530183.html


Surely there ARE alternatives to situations as in this article, as a survivor of horrific child abuse, I, too, was horrifically punished for bet wetting ALL the yrs I was at the "so called" home. It was barbaric and inhumane.

Please get educated and involved about the many forms of "abuse". Children ARE "human" too. Everyone makes mistakes, the underlying "home" factors contributed to this child's death, and was SO needlessly. There is NOT ever any excuse for child abuse!!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Father tackles bullying with heart-wrenching story

http://siouxcityjournal.com/news/local/article_7ea543cb-5b00-52e1-855b-91c4440567cc.html?mode=story


YOU can make a difference, YOU can help save a life, please get involved and participate in ANTI BULLYING!!!! IT IS A "SILENT" KILLER!!!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Seeking Justice

http://www.northjersey.com/news/opinions/128448273_Seeing_justice.html

(Excerpt-please read and share full article.....Justice is NOT disposable!!!

The new rules regarding identifications will apply to those two cases and all others going forward. They are designed not to suppress identifications, but to put them in greater context. After watching wrongfully identified citizens be convicted and then sit in jail for decades until DNA evidence sets them free, the urgent need for this sort of measured caution regarding witnesses cannot be overstated.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Jordan Brown WILL be tried as a "juvenile"

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11236/1169412-455.stm#ixzz1VzM9Ql9c


Transferring the case to juvenile court "will serve the public interest" because Jordan is "amenable to treatment, supervision and rehabilitation as a juvenile," Common Pleas Judge Dominick Motto wrote in his decision.

AND as it should be, this child IS A CHILD, was ONLY 11, "accused".

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Jordan Brown case to go to juvenile court

http://www.ncnewsonline.com/topstories/x1699203693/Jordan-Brown-case-heads-to-juvenile-court

‎3 yrs wasted, a child is a CHILD!!!! case belongs in juvenile court, so much time wasted, what happened to a "speedy trial"? yea, right!!

The College Guild/Giving prisoners a "chance"

http://www.collegeguild.org/docs/cgs.html

College Guild was founded at a Maine kitchen table in the spring of 2001 by two people who had each been closely and intensively involved with prisoners and prison issues. Our mission is based on the premise that when prisoners are given the opportunity, and encouragement to pursue on-going learning, it benefits both the prisoners and their various communities. The decrease in rates of recidivism for prisoners who have participated in educational and rehab programs is well documented..........

Monday, August 22, 2011

School suspensions/There are better solutions

http://thedailycougar.com/2011/08/22/suspensions-are-rampant-in-public-schools-there-are-better-solutions/

Interesting and educational for us all, suspensions do cheat the child from school and the learning process, there can and must be alternative solutions.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Giving young lifers a chance of redemption

http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/aug/20/editorial-giving-young-lifers-a-chance-at/

It is not our place or duty to destroy lives, but help rebuild them, everyone changes as they get older, as do children, they do deserve that chance.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

JORDAN BROWN/WHEN/WILL TRUE JUSTICE COME??

http://blogs.phillymag.com/the_philly_post/2011/08/18/life-parole-childs-play/

(Excerpt-please read full article)

"The child in question, Jordan Brown, was just 11 when he allegedly committed the crime with which he is charged. Brown’s guilt or innocence aside, the prospect of placing a boy who hadn’t even hit puberty when he committed his crime behind bars until the day he dies defies both logic and sensibility. The very reasons juveniles are more prone to act impulsively are very the ones that demand Brown be given the chance to one day prove himself redeemed. Can anyone one of us say we are the same person today we were when we were 11?"


Parents/guardians BEWARE, anyone's child could be next to face the atrocities of such a "broken system"...get educated/involved in JUVENILE LAW REFORM, to help protect our nation's children.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Advocates aim to change youth sentencing of life without parole

http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2011/08/16/advocates-aim-change-youth-sentencing-life-without-parole

"SB 9 is not a get-out-of-jail-free card; it is an incredibly modest proposal that respects victims, international law, and the fact that children have a greater capacity for rehabilitation than adults,” said Yee, who is also a child psychologist and a candidate for mayor. Research has shown that brain maturation continues throughout adolescence, so young people's abilities to plan, make decisions, and think critically are not yet fully developed."

"Children's lives" continue to be destroyed by present day dragonian laws, they deserve a "chance".

Monday, August 15, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Stronger efforts needed against prison rape

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-prison-rape-20110808,0,2823830.story

(Excerpt-PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE) written by a young man, who was once incarcerated himself, Reginald Dwayne Betts. Help you own children, by getting educated and involved in Juvenile law reform.

For as long as the history of prisons in America, there has been rape in prisons in America. There, too, have been children locked in prison cells with adults. Young men — boys, really — turned into tools for the sexual satisfaction of the older, the stronger......

Saturday, August 6, 2011