Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Special Announcement: State Rep. Lewis Keys in on Juvenile Justice


(Excerpt-Please read full article......A MUST READ, so important to us ALL.)

As adults, we take it for granted that children should not be allowed to drive a car, purchase firearms, consume alcohol or engage in numerous other activities that are not considered appropriate for them.

(Please note..pic is not of the article)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Juvenile IN Justice


Pictures/images of inside of detention centers, cost involved etc, a must view and share please.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Youth crime authorities can learn from abroad


An informative article, for those interested in juvenile issues, in helping our nation's children, become "productive members" of society.



PLEASE view and share, powerful, resourceful information on juvenile "injustices" Please get educated and involved in these issues, the life YOU save, could be your own child/ren.

Correction Officers Plead Guilty in Assault Case/Riker's Island


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“The behavior of the correction officers was worse than that of some of the young detainees under their supervision,” Robert T. Johnson, the Bronx district attorney, said in a statement. Their actions, he continued, “turned a detention facility for adolescents into an incubator for violent criminal activity sanctioned by adults in positions of authority.” Robert N. Davoren Center at Rikers Island, for males ages 16 to 19.
"The scheme was uncovered after an 18-year-old inmate, Christopher Robinson, was found dead in his cell, beaten to death by other prisoners, on Oct. 18, 2008."

Lawsuits Suggest Pattern of Rikers Guards Looking Other Way

Who will remember this child, Christopher Robinson, the heartaches and shattered lives of his family? What ever his crime WAS, he ultimately paid with his life, this tragedy SHOULD NOT have ever happened!! This child is one of many who have died behind prison walls. These "young" inmates continue to live in danger, from the very ones, that are "suppose" to protect them.

Friday, October 21, 2011



Editor's Note: Our "Bills on the Bubble" series looks at significant pieces of legislation that didn't make it through the California legislature this year -but could have a shot when lawmakers return in January.

Second Chance for Juvenile Lifers?


Editor's Note: Our "Bills on the Bubble" series looks at significant pieces of legislation that didn't make it through the California legislature this year - but could have a shot when lawmakers return in January.


LWOP leave NO hope, an amendment here, will at the very least, give these "children" a "chance", to prove they CAN become "productive" members of society.....LWOP gives them nothing but DEATH in prison!!! IMO

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sentencing Juveniles AS ADULTS/VIDEO

A must view, get educated and involved in these issues, for the sake and welfare of your own children. Public awareness is imperative to help save our nation's children from "doom and deaths."

My personal thanks to the author of this video, in caring enough to assist in our campaigning for "justice for children."


It is such a pathetic SHAME, to have to fight for justice, that is the right of every American....things have not changed much since the writing of this book......just to share a phenomenal book by Kenneth Wooden..........


Weeping in the Playtime of Others
America’s Incarcerated Children
Second Edition
Kenneth Wooden
Foreword by Kathleen M. Heide

“If this book disgusts and angers enough to inspire reform, [Kenneth Wooden] will have performed a valuable public service.” —New York Times Book Review

“A shocking investigation into the conditions at detention centers, reform schools—the homes of America’s incarcerated children. A Southern school uses bullwhips and leg irons to keep order, a Florida institution tries for the same thing with the use of mock burials . . . the list is frighteningly endless.” —Chicago Sun-Times

“There have been other accounts of the wretched treatment inflicted on children by the various courts and institutions created to help them, but never one which covered so much geography or revealed so clearly the economic reasons for the failure of attempts to improve the system.” —The Atlantic Monthly

From the summer of 1972 through 1975, Kenneth Wooden visited correctional facilities in thirty states where juveniles between the ages of five and sixteen were being held. During his research he uncovered an astoundingly high incidence of emotional and physical abuse, torture, and commercial exploitation of the children by their keepers, individuals who received public funds to care for them. After observing the brutal treatment of these youths, a significant number of whom were not criminals but runaways or mentally disabled, Wooden described the conditions in which these children lived in Weeping in the Playtime of Others.

Kenneth Wooden’s investigative reports have appeared on abc News 20/20, cbs 60 Minutes, and nbc News. An active advocate for children, he is founder of Child Lures Prevention, a fifteen-year-old firm dedicated to developing strategies for protecting children from sexual exploitation and abduction. Kathleen M. Heide is a professor of criminology at the University of South Florida.

Mr. Wooden's testimony to congress http://liftingtheveil.org/wooden.htm

PA-Senate approves juvenile bill


(Excerpt-Please read full article)

The measure by Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, R-Willow Grove, is a response to a federal probe into abuses with the sentencing of juvenile offenders in Luzerne County that led to lengthy prison terms for former Judges Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. and Michael T. Conahan

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Solitary confinement should be banned in most cases, UN expert says


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“Solitary confinement is a harsh measure which is contrary to rehabilitation, the aim of the penitentiary system,” he stressed in presenting his first interim report on the practice, calling it global in nature and subject to widespread abuse.

Judge Teske Gives Voice to Juvenile Justice Reforms


(Excerpt-PLEASE read full article, please get educated and involved in these juvenile issues, for the sake and welfare of your OWN children.)

Teske says zero tolerance policies have resulted in too many kids entering the juvenile justice system.......

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Lack of Love Alters Brain Development


(Excerpt-PLEASE read full article, get educated and involved in these issues, the anatomy & physiology of the human brain is so important to be "in the know")

Can the lack of love and touch alter the development of the brain?
Child psychologist and author Dr. Bruce Perry says, "Absolutely. It sounds very odd, but, in fact, when you are an infant and your brain is developing, the love that the people around you give, the touch, the eye contact, the tone of voice, the things, the physical manifestations of lour love literally provide stimulation to the developing brain, and the neurons in the brain have more sprouts."

DNA reversals fuel efforts to improve eyewitness ID's


(Excerpt-PLEASE read full article, so very important to us ALL)

Resistance to change Experts on wrongful convictions say they've encountered some resistance from police departments when new lineup procedures are suggested. Departments don't like to hear that they're not already using best practices, said Jon Gould, a justice, law and society professor at American University. And bureaucratic agencies are often reluctant to embrace any sort of change, said Karen Newirth, the Innocence Project's eyewitness identification litigation fellow. Experts say convincing police that different procedures make their cases and identifications more solid is key in getting agencies to make changes.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Results instead of revenge: A new plan for juvenile justice


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The book, published by Oxford University Press, proposes some radical-sounding ideas, among them that juvenile offenders should never be tried as adults and never transferred to adult prisons. Incarceration in general should only be a last-resort measure for juveniles, Slobogin argues.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Mentoring/Forging a Life-Changing Bond


(Excerpt-PLEASE read full article, excellent information, please share......)

Bringing a caring and resourceful adult into a family in crisis can offer new ideas and perspectives, and challenge people to solve their own problems.

Don't talk to police.....A MUST VIEW/SHARE


A law school professor and former criminal defense attorney tells you why you should never agree to be interviewed by the police.

Get "educated" and "know" your "miranda rights."



(Excerpt-PLEASE read full article......A MUST READ and share please)

As a society, we need to reevaluate our beliefs and our justice system. I don't know what's the appropriate punishment, but life without parole for Cristian isn't justice. It's ignorance.

There must be alternative solutions in this case, INSTEAD of "throwing this child away" who obviously never had a "chance" since birth!!

School yard BULLIES


Tune in to "Anderson Cooper 360°" all week for the surprising results of a new study on bullying at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

(Excerpt-please read full article, so important to us all, for our nation's children.)

A new study commissioned by CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360°" found that the stereotype of the schoolyard bully preying on the weak doesn't reflect reality in schools.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Does Locking Young Offenders Up Longer, Make Us Safer?

Don't miss this most informative video, please share...


In Baltimore and across the country more young people are being charged as adults and going to prison with longer sentences

Sunday, October 9, 2011

False Confessions.....


(Excerpt-PLEASE read full article, these issues affect us all)

Research has found that in the United States voluntary false confessions are much higher than previously thought. These confessions are being proven incorrect through DNA evidence......

Convictions Overturned By DNA Evidence Continues To Grow


(Excerpt-PLEASE read full article, so important to us all)

It wasn’t that long ago when it was shocking to hearing that someone convicted of a serious crime was exonerated because of new DNA evidence; that people could be forced to sacrifice years of their lives – or even be killed – because of an error in the justice system was unthinkable.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Many Doctors Unaware of the Choking Game


Tho this article was published last year, it is still so very important for us ALL, to be aware of symptoms, and observing childen closely, you could save a life. Please read full article and share with others.

IT'S THE LAW: Children who commit crimes not always treated as juveniles


This is so true in all states, alternative solutions can be made, to help children, guide them to become "productive" members of society. NOT just throw away and forgotten.


Eric Hainstock was only 15, when this tragedy occurred......


National Youth Justice Awareness Month Aims to Raise Issue of Juvenile Incarceration


Society must wake up to these juvenile issues, they affect us all. Children are simply NOT adults, nor have the right to the amenities, that of an adult. Alternative solutions can be made to save our nation's children from doom and deaths behind prisons walls.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Teenage Brains........a good/must read


Anyone interested in juvenile issues must read this article, please share.

Thanks to Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth

http://www.endjlwop.org for bringing this important article to our attention.

Stephen Wise Renews Push for Juvenile Justice Reform


(Excerpt-PLEASE read full article)

Two years after the Legislature softened Florida's zero-tolerance law in schools to prevent students from being sent to juvenile justice facilities for minor offenses, lawmakers are eager to take a second crack at juvenile justice reforms............

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

NY's ‘Lock ‘em Up’ Approach to Juvenile Justice Not Working



Putting kids behind bars doesn't keep them from committing crimes later, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. It shows the practice doesn't provide public safety benefits, wastes taxpayer money, and exposes young people to violence and abuse.

Flawed objections to juvenile law reform


An excellent, very informative article, A MUST READ. Juvenile laws do and will affect all of our nation's children.

Report calls for sharply reducing juvenile incarceration


The report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation examined data from the past four decades and found that removing juveniles from detention facilities in cash-strapped states has not caused crime rates to jump...........

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

No Place for Kids: The Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration


A most informative article, a MUST READ

Adolescents, Maturity, And The Law

This article was written several years ago, tho NOT less important today, PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE, it IS so important to us ALL, in helping to "change" laws that govern "juvenile justice"


This push to treat more kids as adults, however, is contradicted by new behavioral and biological research about maturity and criminal culpability, as well as evidence from the criminal-justice system about how adult court affects children. Brain development and the social psychological skills that it controls suggest that kids are actually immature far longer than we previously thought. My own research, and that of others, suggests that kids put into the adult system are likely to have worse outcomes.

REFERENCE...Ones of many websites discussing the brain development/maturity

When a Guilty Plea Isn’t an Admission of Guilt


PLEASE read full article...

When a defendant pleads guilty, he admits that he committed a crime, right? Not always.......

Report Confirms Need for NV Juvenile Justice Reform


A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation provides evidence that youth correctional facilities do not keep kids from committing crimes later or benefit public safety, while wasting taxpayer dollars and exposing young people to violence and abuse.

Changes in "juvenile law reform" is imperative in ALL states, children are simply NOT adults, and are NOT allow the "amenities", that of an adult. Brain maturity/development does NOT reach it's full development until around the age of 25.
http://prospect.org/cs/articles?article=adolescents_maturity_and_the_law IMO

Monday, October 3, 2011

Freedom March for Awareness for Wrongful Convictions


(Excerpt) PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE, to include posted video available.

Shall we continue to lock away people who could possibly be innocent? Clearly, many of those who are in prison are mothers. How many children are being raised without a parent due to wrongful convictions? Shall we continue to put to death those who may have been wrongfully convicted? Nationwide coverage is needed to bring attention to this injustice. Ask yourself, as a society, are we to stand by, quietly thinking "someone else" will bring awareness to wrongful convictions?

NOTE...Jeffrey Deskovic, an exoneree of 2006, will be a key note speaker.

Bullying and Cyber-Bullying – Primers For Indiana Social Workers


(Excerpt-PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE...So important to us ALL.)

"Number one is communication. It's sitting down at dinner, sitting down at breakfast, taking one of those meals a day to mandate that the family gets together. You leave technology like cell phones on the counter and you talk about your day."

Importance of Judicial Leadership in Juvenile Justice


Understanding the anatomy and physiology of the child brain development is critical/imperative. Underlying/enviornmental life circumstances are contributing factors in many juvenile cases, that lead child into a criminal arena. Children are vulnerable, easily "influenced" by "others", leading them astray toward a destructive path. Children, who have done crimes, must be shown the "error" of their ways,(incarcerated), but with discipline, counseling, compassion, "rehabilitive efforts" in helping children to become "productive" members of society. Far too many never had a "chance" since birth. IMO

Teen brain development.......A MUST READ

(Pic added separately, was not in posted article)


(Pic posted in the interest of justice and public awareness, copyrights/authors acknowledged, NO infringement intended)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

The UNprison Project



We all deserve a chance for personal transformation and freedom in our spirit. I dedicate my life to this belief and vision by touring prisons across the country to speak with incarcerated women, and sometimes men and at-risk youth.

Saturday, October 1, 2011



The changes would save the justice system $21.7 million annually, save victims $3.6 million annually and save youth $97.9 million over 35 years.

Seems it is always talk about money, NOT what is in the "best interest" of the "child" IMO

Kicked out as a kid, he leads the way as an adult


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"I try to give them hope that you can turn around and people can look up to you in the future," said Gayle.

As a youth, Gayle's family dealt with drug issues, jail time, and homelessness. He said it wasn't unusual for his family to get food from McDonald's restaurant dumpsters."

Changing the focus of juvenile justice


Children deserve a chance, guidance, discipline, help to become "productive" members of society. They can so easily be influenced to take the wrong path in life. They need to know someone does "care" about them. Far too many "children" are incarcerated, for "mistakes" made as a "child."

BULLYING CAMPAIGN/Students pledge against bullying


"According national statistics, more than 13 million students have experienced some form of bullying."

This isssue certainly warrants campaigning in every walk of life, many "children" are dying due to this silent killer. Talk/educate your children, it CAN save a life.