Thursday, July 26, 2012

Juvenile justice is still gasping for breath.......

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Excerpt--please read this important, EXCELLENT article
"Letting judges be judges will also return juvenile court to its roots. The judge, the impartial referee, is the most proper arbiter of whether a case merits what should be a rare transfer to adult court. Prosecutors with no duty to the accused, and legislators needing votes from constituents rattled by rare instances of high-profile juvenile crime, should not usurp the function of the unbiased judge."

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Iowa governor Terry Branstad defies US supreme court on juvenile sentencing

Please read FULL article, it appears this is a violation of the recent supreme court ruling.

Quote   Branstad, a Republican, wielded his executive powers last week to ensure, in effect, that none of the 38 juvenile murderers in Iowa who were sentenced to die in captivity will ever become free.

Reflections~by Dr. Dan Edmunds

Dr Edmunds has a wonderful, informative blog, please browse the many articles/comments at

Dr. Dan L. Edmunds- critical psychotherapist, Existential Psychoanalyst, social/political activist, philosopher, author, Professor of Existential Psychology. Dr. Edmunds's work is devoted to drug free, relational approaches for children, adults, and families undergoing extreme states of mind, autism and trauma. Dr. Edmunds is the Founder of the International Center for Humane Psychiatry, an emancipatory movement for human rights and empathic therapy in the mental health system.

Violent Children: A Juvenile Justice Perspective

An interesting article working with "children" of crimes, get educated, these issues affects us ALL.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

The trouble with interrogating minors

Thanks to the author, Melissa Higgins, in advocating for "children". Far too many are suffering so needlessly.

Highly encourage the reader, to explore/browse these wonderful advocacy pages, WE must continue to be a VOICE for the CHILDREN.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

State Distribution of Youth Offenders Serving Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)

Chart Reflects Total Youth Offenders Serving JLWOP for Any Offense--OCTOBER 2, 2009
U. S. Supreme Court recently ruled, 6/2012,  Juveniles, life with no parole is cruel and unusual punishment

Juvenile Justice: Why Juvenile Life Without Parole Sentences are a Mistake

“All they want is a second chance”- Steven Watt,
Senior Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union’s Human Rights Program

"To cast a 15 year old away to die in prison is to submit to the idea that we as a society are unable to apply the judgment, maturity and justice to these children that we unforgivingly expect of them."

National Association to Protect Children

Excerpt, please read full article and read the important sub links.....
PROTECT does more than just get laws passed. Often, our greatest impact is just being there to remind politicians that people like you are watching. But legislation is the heart of what we do. Here's our legislative record.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Standing together to end death in prison for "children"

An excellent, important video, please view and share.

Standing "together" to end death in prisons, for "children"

Note Jason Baldwin, one of the children of the West Memphis Three, had been sentenced to lwop.
More about his case, search WM3.

Overcoming the Stereotyping of Parents for the Benefit of All

By Judge Steven Teske

A must read and share, so important for all of our nation's children. Parents/guardians  be aware, educated and informed.

Thanks to  for sharing this important article.

Children who kill are still children

Excerpt.....please read full article
The frontal lobes of the human brain that control judgment and impulse don't fully develop until age 25. At times, teens may not be able to resist acting impetuously, violently or with poor judgment. If young people aren't capable of thinking like adults, they can't be culpable for their actions to the same degree as adults. The court's ruling recognized that.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Redeeming Irredeemable Youth

An excellent article, thanks to the author Mr. Larry M. Elkin, CPA, CFP  an excerpt below.....please read full article.
Youths are capable of heinous crimes, and such crimes sometimes demand the strictest punishment we can reasonably demand. But does this mean the law should deem an entire class of youthful offenders irredeemable based on the nature of their crimes? How could Speer, a professional architect who was also the architect of death for untold soldiers and civilians, be returned to society, while we today deem teens who commit murder in certain places to be incapable or unworthy of repair?

Monday, July 9, 2012

Personalizing the search for JUSTICE

Excerpt......please read full advocate's search for "justice" for juveniles
Pam Kulig lives in a suburb of Chicago. She has two girls, ages 16 and 23.  The thing that separates Pam from so many other people is her passion for justice and her innate desire to help those who are not in a position to do it on their own. She has been an activist for juvenile justice reform since she first learned about the many children serving life without parole sentences.
My personal, heart felt thanks to Pam, for her caring, devotion assistance for Brett and advocating for justice for all of our nation's children. 


Rising from the Ashes/Power of education/rehabilitation and redemption

"Abandoned at birth, Jerry Balone spent most of his life in foster homes, orphanages, detention centers, and reform schools before going to prison for his involvement in a robbery/burglary in which three people were killed. His story of crime, gangs, and prison life is one that should be read by anyone who believes in the power of education, rehabilitation, and redemption."
Jerry can be contacted at

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Are Teenagers Big Children—or Little Adults?


When it comes to the treatment of children, society’s approach is wildly incoherent............

Juvenile justice reform just begun

Excerpt........please read full article
Juvenile sentencing is also outmoded and ineffective. Judges rely on incarceration as the framers of the juvenile court never would have supported. The United States jails more adolescents than any nation on Earth – 336 per 100,000, five times more than the next-highest country...........

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Juvenile LIFER deserve a "chance"

Excerpt.........please read full article

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling banning mandatory life sentences with no parole for youthful offenders was the right decision. Such a sentence for each young offender ought to be the result of a careful and thoughtful examination of his or her circumstances by the sentencing judge — rather than the rote application of a sentencing formula. The Michigan Legislature must revise the law to take account of the High Court’s ruling.

First Offender~162 years prison time

Excerpt....please read full article

Davis would occupy no place at all in the annals of crime if not for his sentence. Now 20 years old, he was sentenced to 1,941 months - almost 162 years - in prison without the possibility of parole.