Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Cutting Youth Incarceration Doesn’t Cut Public Safety

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“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

Life with no chance of parole for juvenile offenders is inhumane

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

‘Cruel and unusual punishment’ ... a test case

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"Denying juveniles even a chance for parole defeats the penal objective of rehabilitation. It deprives prisoners of the incentive to reform themselves. Some prisons withhold education, counseling and other rehabilitation programs from prisoners ineligible for parole. Denying these to adolescents in a period of life crucial to social and psychological growth stunts what the court in 2005 called the prisoner’s “potential to attain a mature understanding of his own humanity.” Which seems, in a word -- actually, three words -- “cruel and unusual.”
It is long overdue, NOT to have recognized, the "immaturity of the human brain". People change, children deserve "that chance"...IMO

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

AG Reverses Decision On Woman(SARA KRUZAN) Who Killed Her Pimp

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California Attorney General Kamala Harris has dramatically reversed herself today in the case of Sara Kruzan, who killed her pimp at age 16.

Harris withdrew her position that Kruzan was not a victim of domestic violence in a letter filed with the California Supreme Court.

Time Served: Do Prison Lifers Deserve Another Chance?

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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.

Richard Ross/photographer/Juvenile Injustice thru lens

A must view video of juveniles in detention/prisons

Monday, April 16, 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Even youths who offend deserve chance to grow up

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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

Jailing Americans for Profit: The Rise of the Prison Industrial Complex

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By John W. Whitehead
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


SARA KRUZAN, one of many children caught up in "human trafficking." She was only 16, sentenced to life with NO chance of parole, for killing the "pimp"

Please read full article above, and get involved in these horrific issues against our nation's children.


Survey-Juvenile lock ups

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Not only is being locked up ineffective as a deterrent in youths whose have not reached full cognitive development and don’t understand the consequences of their actions, it can actually make a criminal out of a potentially law-abiding kid.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Sentencing Children to Die in Prison is Cruel and Unusual Punishment

"JURIST Guest Columnist Jason Szanyi, staff attorney at the Center for Children's Law and Policy, says that the Supreme Court should follow prior precedent and ban the sentence of life without parole for juvenile homicide offenders..."

Sunday, April 8, 2012

VIDEO~Children in jail - lost childhood in the U.S.A

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These days in the U.S.A., often children as young as 7 years old can be tried as adults and incarcerated in an adult prison. Even though these children are still not old enough to drink, vote or drive, they can still be tried and convicted as adults.

14-Year-Old Can Get Life Sentence, Rules Wisconsin Supreme Court

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"The Wisconsin Psychiatric Association and the Wisconsin Psychological Association were among the groups that filed informational briefs in the case. The associations' attorney, Mike Halfenger, said his clients believe a juvenile should at least have the chance at a parole, but it may ultimately be up to state legislatures to reach that conclusion on their own."

"At least hold the door open," he said, "for the argument that the person I appeared to be as a minor is not the person I was capable of becoming."

A sentence of life with NO CHANCE of parole is a certain "death sentence" for "children". What a "child" was at that age, is NOT what they would "become" as an adult. "Children" do deserve a "chance" to turn their lives around, and become a "productive member" of society, LWOP is state sanctioned murder of these children, IMO

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."

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