Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Elizabeth Lozano, with son Kevin, is serving a sentence of life without parole for a 1992 murder. She was 16 at the time, and the victim was 13. She has won acclaim for reaching out to help teenagers in prison and others who are at risk of ending up there.
Please get educated/involved in these juvenile issues, your state laws governing children, the next child COULD be your's facing these unjust sentencings, for mistakes made as a "child"
Monday, February 27, 2012
Should a 12-year-old be tried as an adult? Paul Henry Gingerich was after he helped kill a man two years ago. He faces 10 more years in prison -- unless an appeal convinces a court he should have been tried as a juvenile.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Are we too easy and too abiding when it comes to bad behavior among teenagers? Are the problems of our criminal justice system rooted in the way we treat juvenile offenders? If anyone has any personal experience with this, we would love to hear from you!
Monday, February 20, 2012
The Redemption Project operates under the sponsorship of The Juvenile Law Society, a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in the state of
So important for our nation's children, please read and share.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
"This partnership supports state and community efforts to protect youth from harm, hold them accountable for their actions, provide for rehabilitation and improve public safety. In this tight economy, we can maximize reform and stretch public dollars by creatively partnering with a private organization such as MacArthur."
Friday, February 17, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
We are everywhere--
For those who forget that the incarcerated humans in this country are indeed just that - HUMAN - I would like you to think on this the next time you talk about "inmates, criminals, convicts, etc...".
These humans have families and those who love them despite whatever they did. Look around you and wonder, because this is who we are....
We take care of your children and grandchildren in nursery schools, we give them shots in the doctor's office.
We are dental assistants, we are school teachers and Sunday school teachers, we stand behind you in the grocery store, we prepare your medicine in the drug store.
We work in banks, we approve your loans, we service your insurance claims, we work for newspapers, TV stations and radio stations, we read your electric meters and water meters.
We are your landlords, your neighbors, we take care of your elderly parents in nursing homes, we are nurses, lab technicians, X-ray technicians, we own beauty shops, flower shops, printing shops, we are welders, plumbers, tree trimmers.
We work for the IRS, the State Dept., in the courthouse, schools, churches, drug stores and toy stores, we are legal secretaries, lawyers, school board members.
We are bus drivers, we prepare meals for your kids in school, we are city council members, bank tellers, we process your checking account, your saving account, we work at your Social Security office, your insurance company, we take care of your IRA, stocks, bonds.
We sell your kids bikes, school supplies, clothes, shoes, eyeglasses, we repair your cars, we are real estate agents, car dealers, college professors, psychologists, administrative assistants, safety engineers and ranchers.
We work at Ralphs, Albertsons, Trader Joe's, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Target, Macy's, Nordstrom and Saks 5th Avenue.
We sell Avon and Tupperware. We are not all "on welfare", no matter what the government would like you to think.
There are two million people in prison in America and twice that many on parole and probation.
Add in mothers, fathers, children, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends and about sixteen million people are personally affected by the prison system in the United States.
We are tired of letting ourselves feel humiliated or embarrassed because our loved one is in prison. WE did nothing wrong, and they are paying for their crime!
We are tired of fearing the loss of our jobs or evictions from our housing should anyone find out we have a loved one in prison.
We are tired of being made to feel inferior or unwelcome in churches, clubs, organizations or society in general simply because we refuse to abandon our loved ones.
We are ready to unite, to come out of hiding and openly support each other and our loved ones. It's a new day, America and we're here to prove it!
We are ready to speak out against the "they deserve what they get" attitude we hear you talk about in stores, theaters and restaurants.
We number in the millions, we are everywhere, every state, county, city and town. We may even live next door to you. Sixteen million & counting. We are everywhere.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Corrections Corporation of America, the nation's largest operator of for-profit prisons, has sent letters recently to 48 states offering to buy up their prisons as a remedy for 'challenging corrections budgets.' In exchange, the company is asking for a 20-year management contract,plus an assurance that the prison would remain at least 90 percent full.
How can anyone make an "assurance" that prisons would remain at least 90% full????
Nothing mentioned at all, in reference to "rehabilative efforts, to help those in prison, become "productive members of society". Seems "they" do not want that, for it is all a "money making" business.
WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
"The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs released a study in 2009 called "From Time-Out to Hard Time: Young Children in the Adult Criminal Justice System. “ Within its pages it states that in twenty-two states including the District of Colombia children as young as seven can be sentenced as adults. More than half the states allow children under 12 to be treated as adults".
Sunday, February 12, 2012
But critics of the law say that recent scientific studies demonstrate that it’s wrong to treat adolescents like adults in murder cases. Brain imaging research indicates that adolescent brains are underdeveloped in areas associated with risk assessment and moral reasoning, making them more prone to impulsive responses than adults, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, which opposes life without parole for juveniles.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
The Relationship Between Bullying and Depression: It’s Complicated
Thursday, February 9, 2012
“When we fear, that fear turns to anger, and we want the people involved to be punished, to answer for the crimes. We want justice,” Armstrong said. “But to do that, to find justice, we must look to and be guided by the law. If we are guided by fear and our anger, there can be no justice.”
Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2012/02/09/2145270/decision-imminent-on-fate-of-boy.html#storylink=cpy
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Thursday, February 2, 2012
A MUST READ...........many children are facing doom and deaths behind prison walls.