Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
The Close to Home proposal would transition custody of youth placed in non-secure and limited-secure facilities from the state to facilities in New York City. Proponents of the plan say this would ensure that children are placed in facilities that provide better access to their families and easy contact with their attorneys.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
A high school cancer survivor was kicked out of school for his long hair, which says he was growing to donate to other sick kids.
Seems "doing something good" for the benefit of others, can even land up in suspension from school. What has happened to compassion and mercy for others?? This child should be commended for his good and caring heart, NOT punished for doing good things. School policies should certainly be amended, he is NOT hurting anymore, and does NOT affect anyone, does NOT interfere with anyone else, so sadly children are forced to endure such a cold, cruel world. What will be their mental state when becoming an adult???
Monday, January 23, 2012
Sentencing children to life imprisonment without parole for crimes committed by children is a clear violation of international law, and it is surely time for the USA to end its isolation on this issue.”Susan Lee, Amnesty International's Americas Programme Director.Mon, 23/01/2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
37 states affected
Louisiana is one of 37 states affected by the U.S. Supreme Court decision.
The state Department of Corrections said 48 inmates are serving life sentences for crimes other than homicide that they committed before they turned 18. Most of those cases originate from New Orleans, Jefferson Parish, East Baton Rouge Parish and Caddo Parish, said Dana Kaplan, director of the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Excerpt-Please view full article.......a child, 15 yrs of age
"Watts said the defendant is treatable, but further evaluation is needed to determine which parts of his brain don’t normally function."
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Very informative article, please read this full article, get educated and involved in these issues.
"In some jurisdictions, this gap has widened so much it has become coercive and is used to punish defendants for exercising their right to trial, some legal experts say."
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
"A young person who knows that he or she has no chance to leave prison before life's end has little incentive to become a responsible individual."
It also said America "adheres to a sentencing practice rejected the world over."
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Monday, January 9, 2012
More and more US schools have police patrolling the corridors. Pupils are being arrested for throwing paper planes and failing to pick up crumbs from the canteen floor. Why is the state criminalising normal childhood behaviour?
Excerpt-Please read full article
Should 5-, 6- and 7-year-olds face criminal charges?
In 2009 and 2010, complaints were filed against at least 748 Kentucky children younger than 11 for offenses that included being out of control, minor injury assaults and criminal mischief. Sixty-three of those children were ages 5, 6, and 7, according to a 2011 Herald-Leader analysis of state records. Eight of those children were 5 years old.........
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Saturday, January 7, 2012
UPDATE: Cristian Fernandez has now been indicted on charges of sexual battery against another sibling, adding to the first degree murder charge. This indictment also carries with it a life sentence. Matt Shirk is upset and stated “…how many more ways can the State of Florida attempt to completely destroy this child’s life?”
Will there ever be "justice" for this child??
Thursday, January 5, 2012
A Berks County judge brought in to clean up after a “kids for cash” scandal has expunged every juvenile court case decided by a judge convicted of corruption.......
(Excerpt-please read full article)
Punishment should fit the crime, but it should also fit the criminal. The worn-out slogan, “adult time for adult crime,” fails to recognize critical differences between juvenile and adults. While teens may look and act like adults, they lack impulse control and the ability to weigh fully all the risks to their behavior. Although knowing that killing is wrong, they do not appreciate the immense consequences for themselves, much less for their victims. Adolescents are also more apt to follow along down the wrong path for the sole purpose of gaining peer approval, no matter how harmful the outcome.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
JDAI focuses on the juvenile detention component of the juvenile justice system because youth are often unnecessarily or inappropriately detained at great expense, with long-lasting negative consequences for both public safety and youth development.
(Excerpt) PLEASE read full article
Suicidal thoughts, terror, and deep depression are common. In addition to the brutal conditions in which they find themselves, young prisoners are tormented by feelings of hopelessness at the lack of prospects for the future, including the absence of rehabilitative, educational, or vocational training. This deprivation constitutes a punishment of excessive cruelty, Human Rights Watch concludes.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
An excellent source of information, support for the "children" of incarcerated parent/s