Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Juvenile Life Without Parole: U.S. Supreme Court Reconsiders

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Formerly incarcerated Dwayne Betts comments here.....a must read for all interested in "juvenile law reform"

"Youth Radio’s Reginald Dwayne Betts contributed to an amicus brief in the 2010 Supreme Court case. At 16 years old he was found guilty for car-jacking and spent more than nine years in adult prisons. But his sentence could have put him behind bars for life. This commentary originally aired on NPR’s All Things Considered, in May 2010."

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Florida Proposed Bill Would Change Juvenile Life Sentence

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"St. Petersburg criminal defense lawyer Melinda Morris discusses the proposed Florida Senate Bill 212, which aims to amend juvenile sentencing laws, and the impact this bill, if passed, would have on juvenile offender sentencing in Florida."

Monday, March 26, 2012

Life without parole for juveniles who commit murder may be necessary, but it shouldn't be mandatory

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As Stevenson argued, studies have shown that teens are more susceptible to peer pressure and much more likely to engage in impulsive, reckless behavior. And, teens' judgment and character also are not fully formed, studies show.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Sentencing for Juvenile Offenders/A mother's story

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"The Op-Ed article by Gail Garinger, a former juvenile court judge (“Juveniles Don’t Deserve Life Sentences,” March 15), resonates with me in a deeply personal way. Twenty-five years ago, my world was forever changed when my beloved daughter Cathy, then pregnant with her second child, was murdered by two teenagers."

Friday, March 16, 2012

What JLWOP means: life without parole, for kids

Excerpt-please read full article, these issues are imperative to be educated and involved, juvenile law reform is crucial...
"A century ago, the US recognised the injustice of life sentences for juveniles. Now, it is unique in the world for refusing to do so"

Your teen's brain, driving without brakes

Very educational, informative, understanding the anatomy of the teen brain/development

Throwaway Kids~Where is the rehabilitation & redemption?

Excerpt-please read full article.......Law reform is so crucial, to help save our nation's children from doom and death.
"How is it that our government continues to punish young people as adults while they are not yet fully developed and mature enough to behave as adults and follow the law — and who are often, as are the youth in the two cases before the Supreme Court next week, reeling from horrific trauma experiences, poverty, neglect, mental illness, drug abuse and suicide attempts?"

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Why Life Without Parole Is Wrong for Juveniles

Excerpt-Please read full article, juvenile law reform is imperative, present day laws affect ALL of our nation's children.........get involved, educated for the being aware and alert to laws that directly affect YOUR CHILD.
'They are more vulnerable to negative internal and external influences, including peer pressure. Unlike adults, they can’t control or escape dysfunctional homes and dangerous neighborhoods—two major contributing factors to youth crime. They also have a greater chance for rehabilitation. Thus, as the Court said, “from a moral standpoint it would be misguided to equate the failings of a minor with those of an adult.”

Monday, March 12, 2012

School-To-Prison Pipeline Targeted By Judges, Education Officials

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"According to program materials, the goal is "keeping kids in school and out of court."
An excellent program and so needed all over our nation.

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Humane Options For a Teen Killer in Ohio

A very interesting and informative article.

What are/were the background/underlying factors that contributed to this awful tragedy??

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A STEP IN THE "RIGHT" DIRECTION~Co. assembly acts/protect youth accused of crimes

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“Choosing to hold youth in facilities actually designed for them is a step in the right direction,” Kysel said. “The next step is to further ensure that children accused of wrongdoing are treated like children – who can grow, change, and be rehabilitated – when charged, tried, and sentenced.”
Advocates have been campaigning for this move for many years!!

Monday, March 5, 2012

American teens sentenced to DIE

Excerpt-please read full article..........juvenile law reform is so imperative/crucial to help save our nation's children.

Sentencing to life without parole forever brands the defendant as incorrigible. To hand this sentence down to a youth flies in the face of scientists’ and sociologists’ understanding that juveniles are different to adults. They occupy a period of transition in human development.

The US supreme court itself said: ‘The reasons why juveniles are not trusted with the privileges and responsibilities of an adult also explain why their irresponsible conduct is not as morally reprehensible as that of an adult.’

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Life without parole: unfair for children

The high court should recognize that standards of decency have evolved against sentencing children to die in prison.

Juvenile law reform is crucial/imperative to help save our nation's children from doom and deaths, for mistakes made as a "child" IMO