Thursday, April 26, 2012
A MUST READ, and hope in time this initiative will spread thru out all the states. Children DO deserve a chance.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Excerpt-Please read this most important and informative article
“It is at least a portent of a different future, one that recognizes that mass incarceration has proven a fiscally unsustainable approach to public safety that maintains and exacerbates racial and ethnic disadvantages, disrupts families, undermines communities and disregards new knowledge about how to respond more effectively to crime.”
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Excerpt-Please read full article......"children" deserve a "chance"
According to a 2008 report by Human Rights Watch, many of California's youthful defendants didn't even fully understand what was going on during their trials, weren't clear what was at stake and couldn't assist in their own defense -- a breach that should concern any citizen who cherishes the Constitution.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Carol Estes, with the University Beyond Bars program, thinks more prisoners -- including lifers -- deserve a shot at early release. She helped spearhead a legislative bill this year that aimed to essentially put parole back on the books in Washington.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
JLWOP is inconsistent with the principles of fairness and proportionality. The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution requires that criminal sentences be proportionate to the underlying offenses and reflect “evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society.” Ironically, in 1899, Illinois was the first state to create a juvenile justice system, recognizing that kids should be treated differently by courts. This principle has been lost.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
April 10, 2012
“Mass incarceration on a scale almost unexampled in human history is a fundamental fact of our country today—perhaps the fundamental fact, as slavery was the fundamental fact of 1850. In truth, there are more black men in the grip of the criminal-justice system—in prison, on probation, or on parole—than were in slavery then. Over all, there are now more people under ‘correctional supervision’ in America—more than six million—than were in the Gulag Archipelago under Stalin at its height.”—Adam Gopnik, “The Caging of America”
Please also view this video.......What it is like inside the Juvenile prison
Monday, April 9, 2012
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
"No matter in what light one views her long-ago offense, Sara has paid her debt to society, and long since proved that she is worthy of returning to freedom, to live, to love, to have a family, to make a contribution, and to do all of the things that those of us living in freedom take for granted."
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/07/01/3740285/brown-should-release-kruzan-from.html#storylink=cpy