Wednesday, February 29, 2012

'I really don't Remember my childhood'

http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/article-10255-born-not-raised-voices-from-juvenile-hall-is-captivating.html

An very important/informative read.....please read full article

Excerpt

“The homeless led me to the jails, the jails led me to the children, and then I discovered it was a cycle,” she says. “It’s a cycle that doesn’t get any better. It just ends up in our sewer. Until we can start to uncover where these real problems emanate from, and until we can start having solid parenting skills for our young parents today, this is only going to get worse.”

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Young killers serving life without parole may get chance at freedom

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-court-juveniles-20120226,0,341642.story?track=lat-pick

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.
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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

What life is like for a 14-year-old killer tried as an adult in Indiana

http://www.indystar.com/article/20120226/NEWS02/202260353/Growing-up-locked-up-what-life-like-14-year-old-killer-tried-an-adult-Indiana?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CNews

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.

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NO child should ever even see inside an adult courtroom nor sentenced as an adult, it is so clear "children" are NOT adults, nor have the "amenities" of an adult. Mistakes made in a child"s life, should NOT be paid for, with their very lives. It is imperative to help them, rehabilitative efforts, discipline and educational offers, to help them become "productive" members of society.





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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Adolescent Brain Development and Life Without Parole

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-fassler-md/adolescent-brain-developm_b_1300091.html

Excerpt-please read full article

In 2005, the Supreme Court ruled that the juvenile death penalty was unconstitutional. Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy said, "It would be misguided to equate the failing of a minor with those of an adult, for greater possibility exists that a minor's character deficiencies will be reformed."

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Teenage Wasteland: They’re Not All Wasted

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/teenage-wasteland-theyre-not-all-wasted.html

Excerpt-please read full article, please get involved, educated about juvenile law reform, so important for all of our nation's children.
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

CITIZENS FOR PRISON REFORM

http://citizensforprisonreform.blogspot.com/2012/02/13-year-old-should-be-treated-as-child.html

Caring and compassion is always FREE, the rewards are endless

REDEMPTION FOR KIDS

http://redemptionforkids.org/

The Redemption Project operates under the sponsorship of The Juvenile Law Society, a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in the state of Colorado (250 South Humboldt Street, Denver CO 80209 USA).

So important for our nation's children, please read and share.

Krista~30 yrs with NO parole~deserves a "chance"


UPDATED 3/13/14

Krista~~Tribute to Change…….
She’s come a long way, since that dreadful day of being arrested, of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, with the wrong, unsavory adults, who murdered two convenient store workers. At just turning 16 yrs of age, she was talked into taking a “plea” of 30 yrs prison time with NO chance of parole, scared, alone, and ineffective counsel, she now spends her days for  12 years in a correctional facility in S.C. Her journeys have been very tough, languishing in prison, with no focus on her future, an appeal has been filed with the SC court of appeals, but was “denied”
Since birth,(of a 15 yr old mother) this child had been handed off to different relatives in many homes in her young life, with no structure or stability, just trying to survive in an adult world. As it is the nature of all children, she was constantly seeking love and attention from anyone who would give it, unfortunately one did show her attention, kindness, even bought her things, she soaking up this attention like a wet sponge. Born to a 15 yr old mother, inexperienced in having a baby, with no father around for support, she and mother muddled thru life, as best as she could. She has written her dad several times, but he has abandoned her!
She has come a long way since that dreadful day, she had a baby herself, when too, only 15 yrs of age, just like her own mother, but being incarcerated, her mother has custody of her child, who is now 12 yrs of age, without her own mother to be there for her and give her the love and attention, structure and stability she so needs in her young life as well.
She is 27 now, and has grown up in so many ways, having more respect for herself, and confidence, and most of all support from those who care what happens to her. Advocates are communicating with her, keeping the windows open to the outside world, canteen funds, books, magazines for educational resources are sent to her, and helping her get as much education as possible. She does not get the adequate balanced meals to help maintain a healthy body and mind.
Now days her spirits seem higher than before, in knowing there are those “out there” she can trust and rely on to be her trusted friends, and continue to be in support of her. She has grown into a beautiful, confident young lady, and is absolutely NO threat to society. She did NOT murder or rob anyone, but so unfortunately, was with those bad people that did this horrific deed, she got punished right along with those, who actually did the crime, but she did NOT, she was with them, tho she did NOT know “they” were going to do such a horrible thing. She and advocates alike, still believe her punishment sentencing was severe and barbaric, for the mistakes made as a mere “child”. Perhaps had she had the stability and structure of a better “home life”, this horrible incident would have never occurred in her young life.
Krista deserves a “chance” at life, NOT 30 yrs prison time with NO chance of parole, funds spent for incarceration, could be put to use in much better areas of education and rehabilitative efforts.
If you are interested in her case and "support", please contact kidsincourt1 @roadrunner.com (no spaces)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

MAKE YOUTH JUSTICE A SAFER SITUATION

http://www.statesman.com/opinion/make-youth-justice-a-safer-situation-2184892.html

Juvenile law reform is sorely and imperatively needed in all states.

Please read full article, these issues affect all of our nation's children.

Office of Justice Programs Weekly News Brief

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/office-of-justice-programs-weekly-news-brief-2012-01-27

Excerpt-Please read full article

"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."

Thursday, February 16, 2012

WE ARE EVERYWHERE~Families of prisoners




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.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Going for the Gold/ Annual quotos for incarcerations??

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-merrow/going-for-the-gold_b_1278878.html

A MUST READ AND SHARE.........Excerpt.........PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE
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.
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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

A Heart Without Compromise; Advocating for Children

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/heart-without-compromise-children-and-children-wit/

Excerpt-please read full article
"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

UNEQUAL JUSTICE/inconsistent sentences

http://www.telegram.com/article/20120212/NEWS/102129742/-1/NEWS07

Excerpt-Please read full article

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

http://healthland.time.com/2012/02/09/the-complicated-relationship-between-bullying-and-depression/

Excerpt-Please read full article
The Relationship Between Bullying and Depression: It’s Complicated

Children who are ostracized by their peers and bullied often become depressed, but new research suggests that the relationship may work the other way around as well: children’s depressive symptoms in elementary school precede social victimization and isolation later on.



Thursday, February 9, 2012

Teen’s case stays in juvenile court

http://www.thestate.com/2012/02/09/2145270/decision-imminent-on-fate-of-boy.html

Excerpt-Please read full article

“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

A chance of parole for juveniles sentenced to life

http://www.healthycal.org/archives/7295

Children deserve a "chance", to become productive members of society, far too many never had a "chance" since birth. Please get educated and involved in these juvenile issues, YOU CAN make a difference in saving children's lives.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Thousands of U.S. Kids Hospitalized for Abuse

http://health.msn.com/kids-health/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100284036

One child abused/murdered is ONE too many, the statistics are in the epidemic stage, it will take YOU and ME to continue to be a voice for "them"

Please read full article and share with those in your world, YOU CAN help make a difference for our nation's children.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

The hidden, but all too prevalent, world of neglected kids

http://www.news-leader.com/article/20120205/NEWS01/302050037/every-child-neglect-abuse

Please read full article, ONE of many "heartwrenching" cases of neglect and abuse.


Posted in the interest of "children justice", authors/copyrights acknowledged, NO infringement intended.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012