Thursday, May 31, 2012

Department of Juvenile Justice Sends New Times' Records to TV Station

Yes, when it comes to the abuse of troubled kids, it seems the state of Florida does little more than shrug. Want to understand why? Try asking DJJ to handle some paperwork.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Remembering VALERIE

Why I am who I am, Why I do what I do each day....REMEMBERING VALERIE, and so many other "children" LOST.........

Friday, May 18, 2012

Juvenile criminals deserve a second chance at life 

I appreciate the coverage The News has given to the issue of juveniles being sentenced to life without parole. Michigan has been the site in recent months of cases involving young people dealing with these life sentences. This is a tough issue, with tragic consequences on both sides of the equation. But it is vital that we keep in mind the research indicating, clearly, that children are not adults.
The U.S. Supreme Court is currently reviewing two cases that involve people who were sentenced to life without parole for crimes committed as children, and a decision is expected in June.
The United States is the only country in the world that sentences children to life without parole. There is only one state (Pennsylvania) ranked below Michigan in the number of children sentenced to life without parole. Right now we have 359 juvenile lifers in our state.
The Supreme Court has already ruled that life without parole sentences for people who are convicted of non-homicide crimes before the age of 18 violates our Eighth Amendment's prohibition on cruel or unusual punishment.
Researchers have found that juveniles are more likely to successfully rehabilitate than adults, and many do turn around their lives in prison. Individuals, who have truly changed and grown up, deserve a second chance at life. Denying them a chance is wrong.
(Articles posted in the interest of juvenile justice law reform, authors/copyrights acknowledged,
NO infringement intended)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Throwaway People: Will Teens Sent to Die in Prison Get a Second Chance?

A must read, to include a very heart wrenching story, of one of the many atrocities children face, shattered lives, broken hearts, NO chance of redemption or rehabilitation, NO compassion or mercy, sentenced to DIE in prison, for "mistakes" MADE AS A "CHILD"

LAW REFORM IS IMPERATIVE to help save our nation's YOUTH.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Former hard-core juvenile offenders want to help..........

Excerpt-Please read full article, what better knowledge for a juvenile, than from someone who really "knows" what reality is, when getting into trouble and pulling prison time, these ex offenders want to help juveniles in steering away from trouble and prison.
"The men realize that, with their backgrounds, some organizations may not want them, but White has drafted a letter to a juvenile court judge and contacted the offices of state Sens. John Whitmire and Royce West, the Texas Juvenile Justice Department and Giddings State School."

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Top judge proposes higher age of criminal responsibility for New York

Excerpt......please read this most important reform for "juveniles"

A proposal that would effectively raise New York's age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18, bringing the state in line with almost every other state in the country, is one step closer to becoming law.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Crime and Justice Trends in America: How We Got Here; Where We Go Next

Excerpt- please read this most informative article.
The new Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at the University of Minnesota Law School has embarked on a daunting task: assessing the state of knowledge on crime and justice in the U.S. from 1975, projecting to 2025.