Tuesday, December 31, 2013

(JUST KIDS) in prison for LIFE

http://billmoyers.com/2013/12/31/just-kids-in-prison-for-life/

Another one of so many "children" sentenced to life in prison, please read and share this article written by Bill Moyers

Monday, December 30, 2013

Juvenile brains NOT developed~ A MUST VIEW VIDEO

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bHQ0l5QldQ

PLEASE READ AND SHARE, so important to all of our nation's children.Strongly encourage ALL parents/guardians to read and share.  Get educated for the sake of your own children.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Protecting the rights of juveniles~"FALSE CONFESSIONS"







http://smdp.com/protecting-the-rights-of-juveniles/130552

EXCERPT.....Please read and share FULL article

"The truth is adolescents use their brains in a fundamentally different manner than adults. They are more likely to act on impulse, without fully considering the consequences of their decisions or actions. The U.S. Supreme Court has recognized these biological and developmental differences in recent decisions on the juvenile death penalty; juvenile life without parole; and the interrogations of juvenile suspects (Roper v. Simmons; Graham v. Florida; and J.D.B. v. North Carolina, respectively). ........"
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Children need/must know/learn and understand their "Miranda Rights", and do NOT answer "any" questions WITHOUT a lawyer "present" during questioning,

Miranda Rights......... http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/police-questioning-miranda-warnings-29930.html

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas Angel written by Christopher Thrasher

Remembering Chris~~


Christopher Thrasher~At age 16, was sentenced to life without -parole for a crime he did NOT commit, hopefully with the latest ruling of the U. S. supreme court, it will have an impact of "change" in Chris's case.





CHRISTMAS ANGEL
By: Christopher Thrasher 2009
Dedicated to my nephew “Butter Bean”

On a magical Christmas Eve, a young boy stood outside his home gazing into the sky as snow fell from the heavens, blanketing the landscape as far as the eye could see, fulfilling the promise of the Season to provide the faithful of spirit with a white Christmas. Staring through the darkness and snow, with youthful hopes of seeing Santa soar through the night skies, making the wishes of sleeping children come true; he began to see an approaching light with a kaleidoscope of colors making his heart beat faster with excitement and fear. As the light reached him basking him in its brilliance, he found himself looking upon the most beautiful angel his young mind could ever have imagined! How wondrous must be the kingdom of Heaven be to have an emissary of such magnificent and perfect beauty!

Extending a hand to the boy, she beckoned for him to join her on a journey that was to follow. “Come my child”, were the words she spoke in a melodic whisper of perfect harmonic symmetry. The boy, with an innocent faith in his Lord and no hesitation, placed his small hand in that of the angels and into the sky they went as the heavenly lights encompassed them both and guided their way. After having traveled what had to be thousands of miles in a twinkling of an eye, they landed upon a snow-capped mountain peak that felt to the boy to be the apex of the entire world where one could look down upon all of the Earth on this night of serenity.

Looking to the East of where he stood, he saw an illustrious star cutting through the darkness as does the beam from a lighthouse and in which he could hear singing coming forth as if from an angelic choir, with the words: “Alleluia! Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men.” The guardian angel then commanded the boys’ attention and spoke to him in its melodious voice, “This is a Glorious and Holy Night, my child. This is the eve of the birth of the Infant King to whom the heavenly host heralded the coming and the entire world humbled before. The Son of the highest, the Savior of mankind was born. Thus was the greatest gift in all history given: the Lord Jesus Christ and through Him, God’s perfect and unconditional Love. Remember these things always as you celebrate the Season. What greater gift is there?”

After this last word was spoken, in just the blink of an eye, the angelic lights aglow in the night were replaced by the lights of a Christmas tree and the mountain peak was replaced with the young boys own home and he marveled at all that he’d seen and all that he’d been told by the beautiful Christmas Angel. Understanding with faith from the pure heart, the boy quickly wrote a note to place with the cookies and milk that were left by the hearth for Santa, which read:

Dear Santa,  When you see the Lord Jesus, please tell Him that I love Him and I thank Him for loving me!

Your friend,
Christopher

(Christopher Thrasher(c)2009)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

National Coalition Asks Americans to ‘Stand Up’ to JLWOP

http://www.corrections.com/news/article/34759-national-coalition-asks-americans-to-stand-up-to-jlwop

EXCERPT......PLEASE read and share FULL article

"The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth is asking individuals across the United States to mark their locations on a virtual map, in an online display of solidarity against the practice of placing juvenile offenders in jail for life........"

PLEASE get educated about juvenile INjustice issues.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Widespread abuse of juvenile inmates in Michigan prisons

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/14/mich-d14.html

Excerpt......PLEASE read and share FULL article.

"The immaturity of juvenile prisoners makes them extremely vulnerable to sexual and physical violence and psychological trauma. They are forced to shower, exercise, and sleep in cells alongside adult prisoners without protection, and they are subjected to body searches and viewing by guards while going to the bathroom. According to federal data, incarcerated youth are eight times more likely to be subjected to sexual violence in adult facilities."

So unfortunately, these horrible actions against juvenile offenders are happening often all across this nation. Juvenile LAW REFORM is critical/imperative to help save children from DOOM and possible DEATH, IMO. Zero tolerance policies in the schools are a contributing factor in children getting "arrested" for the small "infraction" of their behavior. Even getting suspended for IE, burging or farting in class, or giving a hug to a classmate or teacher.

Those with children are strongly "encouraged" to educate YOUR child/ren of their miranda/legal rights.
An ounce of "prevention" is worth more than a pound of "cure". 

(Posted in the name of justice/public awareness, copyrights acknowledge and NO infringement intended)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Boy 6 years old, charged with sexual harrassment for kissing girl on the hand

http://www.eastidahonews.com/2013/12/boy-6-charged-with-sexual-harassment-for-kissing-girl-on-hand/

The zero tolerance policies in schools are destroying our children, surely there ARE alternative solutions to deal with this issue, this is what America has become? Children have been suspended for the least little "infractions, of their behaviors, IE, farting in class or burping in class, the standards of behavior expected of children are appauling.  Please read and share this article with others. Children do NOT understand and are being emotionally destroyed and will affect their personality and character the rest of their lives. IMO

What will you do as a parent??

Monday, December 9, 2013

U.S. Must Increase Juvenile Justice Protections for Children

http://jjie.org/op-ed-u-s-must-increase-juvenile-justice-protections-for-children/105858/

Excerpt.......PLEASE read and share FULL article

"Our children deserve the same protections and rights as children across the globe. These human rights will make our children safer and less likely to reoffend and will afford less costly and more effective resources for our communities."

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Talking Juvenile Justice: A Webinar with Photographer Richard Ross

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4eNX-hkE9k

READERS............ I hope you will take the time to view this video and share with others.

Juvenile "Justice" is imperative to help save our nation's children from doom and deaths.

Friday, November 29, 2013

The Cautionary Instruction: Brain development becomes courtroom staple

http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/news/ipso-facto/item/37579-the-cautionary-instruction-brain-development-becomes-courtroom-staple?tmpl=component&print=1

A MUST READ, "developement of the brain in juveniles"

Excerpt...PLEASE read and share full article, so very important to EVERYONE.

"Judges and juries are being swayed by studies showing that adolescent brains do not function the same as adult brains. One study by Kristina Caudle, a neuroscientist at Weill Cornell Medical College used a technology called functional MRI to observe how the brains of people from 6 to 29 reacted to a threat."

Monday, November 25, 2013

JASON BALDWIN(WEST MEMPHIS 3)MEMOIRS A MUST READ/SEE/LISTEN

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1152367997/jason-baldwin-in-his-own-words-a-memoir

READERS........ I encourage you to please listen to the video Jason has prepared, read article, please do share this wonderful venture with others, I hope you will continue to support Jason is his endeavors.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

CRIME/PUNISHMENT~JUVENILE INJUSTICE

http://boston.com/community/blogs/crime_punishment/2013/11/juvenile_injustice.html

Excerpt.....please read FULL article

"Punishment should fit the crime, to be sure, but also should fit the criminal. Justice is not only about a victim’s plight, but also an offender’s state of mind and maturity. Certainly, teenagers know right from wrong, and recognize the finality of killing. But they just don’t quite comprehend the enormity of the impact."


Sunday, November 17, 2013

We gotta get outta this place: A MUST SEE!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CU7a8qp7h7Y&feature=youtu.be

Piper Kerman at TEDxMarionCorrectional     A MUST VIEW AND SHARE, please pay close attention to her speech, very informative, educational.  A system that MUST CHANGE.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Friday, November 15, 2013

To Understand Juvenile Detention, Listen to the Kids Inside

http://www.youthtoday.org/view_blog.cfm?blog_id=774

Excerpt.......PLEASE READ AND SHARE FULL ARTICLE

"There is a world within prisons that only the prisoners know. Correctional officers, administrators, counselors and academics may all have access to a part of the life of a prisoner, but these windows by their nature only offer a limited view of the happenings behind the barbed wire. There's a disconnect that makes it difficult to see that world through a prisoner’s eyes. One way to bridge this gap in information is to go directly to the source: the prisoners."

Monday, November 11, 2013

For juveniles, the elusive right to legal counsel

http://jjie.org/for-juveniles-the-elusive-right-to-legal-counsel/105653/

Excerpt......PLEASE read and share FULL article

"The high court’s landmark 8-1 decision in May 1967 freed Gault and established that under the U.S. Constitution, juveniles in delinquency proceedings are guaranteed many of the same due process rights as adults in criminal trials. Among these are the right to counsel, the right to timely notification of charges, the right to confront witnesses, the right to appeal, and the right to avoid self-incrimination."

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Many convicted juvenile say they falsely admitted crime

http://jjie.org/study-many-convicted-juveniles-say-they-falsely-admitted-crime/105633/

Excerpt.......Please read and share FULL article

"More than a third of juveniles convicted of serious crimes said in a recent study they had falsely admitted to a crime they did not commit.
The study, which appeared in the journal “Law and Human Behavior,” focused on 193 males aged 14 to 17 incarcerated in a California juvenile justice facility."

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A PROGRAM FOR CHANGE FOR RE-ENTRY YOUTH

http://jjie.org/op-ed-insideout-writers-a-program-for-change-for-re-entry-youth/

Excerpt......Please read and share FULL article

"I was born while my mother was in jail. Immediately, my grandmother took me in to her home, as she did with three other of my mom’s six kids. My mother was unable to care for us due to her drug use........."

Sara's small step




http://www.citywatchla.com/8br-hidden/5977-sara-kruzan-s-small-step

This child suffered untold abuse from the age of 11.....as of Oct 31, 2013, finally FREED from prison, after 19 yrs, sentenced for killing a pimp.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Krista McDaniel case~ The fate of a 15 yr old child















http://ehis.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail?sid=c9a93b26-dacb-4d87-96f2-b6c6cde92dcd%40sessionmgr13&vid=1&hid=3&bdata=JmF1dGh0eXBlPWdlbyZnZW9jdXN0aWQ9Z2FsaWxlbyZzaXRlPWVob3N0LWxpdmUmc2NvcGU9c2l0ZQ%3d%3d#db=fth&AN=9811253

July 2008, a post conviction hearing was held in Charleston, S.C, but a month later, was DENIED.

Recently she has filled out a clemency request to the SC Dept of Corrections, she awaits results.
30 yrs with no chance of parole is cruel, for anyone that did NOT murder someone!!!

Monday, October 14, 2013

NARPA Talk on PsychRights' Medicaid Fraud Initiative Against Psychiatric Drugging of Children & Youth

I recieved this info  via email and want to share with you, so important to all of us and our nation's children. I strongly urge you to take the time to view this video and info provided. EDUCATE yourself and your children, and share this info with others.

My personal thanks to Mr. James B. (Jim) Gottstein, Esq. President/CEO
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"This is to let you know the video of my National Association of Rights Protection and Advocacy talk on PsychRights' Medicaid Fraud Initiative Against Psychiatric Drugging of Children & Youth is now on Youtube at http://youtu.be/BsIPm6Hi4Gc There is also written information at http://psychrights.org/Education/ModelQuiTam/ModelQuiTam.htm.

PsychRights would really like to recruit some people to bring this type of case."   

James B. (Jim) Gottstein, Esq.
President/CEO
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Law Project for Psychiatric Rights
406 G Street, Suite 206
Anchorage, Alaska  99501  USA
Phone: (907) 274-7686  Fax: (907) 274-9493
jim.gottstein@psychrights.org
http://psychrights.org/
The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights is a public interest law firm devoted to the defense of people facing the horrors of forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock.  We are further dedicated to exposing the truth about these drugs and the courts being misled into ordering people to be drugged and subjected to other brain and body damaging interventions against their will.  Currently, due to massive growth in psychiatric drugging of children and youth and the current targeting of them for even more psychiatric drugging, PsychRights has made attacking this problem a priority.  Children are virtually always forced to take these drugs because it is the adults in their lives who are making the decision.  This is an unfolding national tragedy of immense proportions.  Extensive information about all of this is available on our web site, http://psychrights.org/. Please donate generously.  Our work is fueled with your IRS 501(c) tax deductible donations.  Thank you for your ongoing help and support.


Saturday, October 12, 2013

FLESH EATING DRUG, DEADLY......A MUST READ

PLEASE READ AND SHARE, EDUCATE  your children, please spread the word about this DEADLY DRUG.....this is a video, very graphic, but it necessary to know how this drug can literally KILL ANYONE
   http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-krokodil-heroin-arizona-20130927,0,7644763.story

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Nearly Half of U.S. States Enact Juvenile Justice Reforms

http://jjie.org/nearly-half-of-u-s-states-enact-juvenile-justice-reforms/

Excerpt-PLEASE read and share full article

"Nearly half of U.S. states have made great strides in the past eight years toward reducing the prosecution of juveniles in the adult criminal justice system or preventing youths from being placed in adult jails and prisons, a report released Thursday found................."
Removing Youth from the AdultCriminal Justice System
http://www.scribd.com/doc/174873850/State-Trends-Legislative-Victories-from-2011-2013-Removing-Youth-from-the-Adult-Criminal-Justice-System-October-2013

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

JACOB IND~JUSTICE ADVOCATE MARY ELLEN JOHNSON

http://kunc.org/post/juvenile-advocate-job-why-i-was-put-planet

A MUST READ, JACOB IND case story, and Mary Ellen Johnson who has stood by him all these years, advocating for justice.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Student punishments/destroys children............ A MUST READ

http://www.buzzfeed.com/aclu/11-students-whose-punishments-we-wish-were-made-up-f2mh

PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE......this is one of many punished for such infractions

"A 5-year-old student from Pennsylvania was suspended for a Hello Kitty bubble gun that school officials called a “terrorist threat.”.................

Law reform is imperative/crucial to help save our nation's children, these punishments are ridiculous and pathetic.
The "emotional" trauma will last a "lifetime"!!!!!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Valentine Road~A path to teen tragedy

http://www.npr.org/2013/09/30/226597210/valentine-road-a-path-to-teen-tragedy

Excerpt......Please read full article and share

" And so, you know, we have to look at the environments that these people are coming from, who commit these types of crimes. And we have to understand them. Otherwise we are not going to stop the cycle of violence. It won't end.................."

Special thanks to the author for sharing, thanks to Marta Cunningham for her efforts in contributing her time for this film.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Thousands Of Children In Solitary Confinement~ A MUST READ

http://www.exposingthetruth.co/children-in-solitary-confinement/#axzz2gJZwZmJt

Excerpt.......PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE, AND SHARE......

"Given that nearly 100,000 youth under the age of 18 pass through adult prisons and jails annually, there are thousands of children placed in solitary confinement each year, but we are unable to derive any official count................."

Americans  must speak out and support JUVENILE "LAW" REFORM, the next "child" could be "your's"

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Reconsidering Young Lifers’ Sentences

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/09/18/reconsidering-young-lifers-sentences

Please, a must read full article

GIVE THEM ANOTHER CHANCE.....  JODY KENT LEVY, CAMPAIGN FOR THE FAIR SENTENCING OF YOUTH

JUDGMENTS SHOULD REMAIN INTACT.....KENT SCHEIDEGGER, CRIMINAL JUSTICE LEGAL FOUNDATION

THE PROBLEM WITH RETROACTIVE RULE.....WILLIAM BAUDE, VOLOKH CONSPIRACY

IT WON'T BE EASY, BUT IT MUST BE DONE......R. DANIEL OKONKWO, D.C. LAWYERS FOR YOUTH

TIME TO AFFIRM WHAT WE MEAN BY JUVENILE.....ANNIE SALSICH, VERA INSTITUTE OF JUSTICE

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

WHAT RIGHTS DOES YOUR CHILD HAVE IN MN? OTHER STATES??

"When police go to interview your child at school, what rights does your child have in MN? The right 

to refuse to answer questions until a parent and-or lawyer is present. But police are not required to  
warn the child of  these rights. The child must somehow know this. So tell them."

http://www.liberty-lawyer.com/juveniledelinquency.html

PLEASE be certain to read the info in above URL     It is imperative that children know, are AWARE of "their legal rights"

My personal thanks to the author for sharing this crucial information.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Underage Suspects Are Apt to Confess to Crimes They Didn’t Commit. Here’s Why.

http://mobile.slate.com/blogs/crime/2013/09/12/false_confessions_juvenile_justice_underage_suspects_are_apt_to_confess.html

Excerpt......PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE, A MUST READ!!!!

"Why so many false confessions? Juvenile suspects are generally more deferential to authority—at least in the context of a police interrogation—and less likely to understand the consequences of confessing to something they didn’t do. “Juveniles are particularly vulnerable: they tend to [be] impulsive, they tend to be more focused on short-term gratification like 'If I confess can I go home?’ ” a Northwestern University professor who has been studying the phenomenon told the Journal. Many police officers understand this, of course, and will play on a teen suspect’s gullibility and inexperience in order to extract a confession..........

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

MRSA.... How to Treat One of the Most Common Superbugs.

http://www.thesurvivaldoctor.com/2012/09/18/how-to-treat-mrsa/

Excerpt....PLEASE read this most important article, MRSA is/can be found in prisons/detention facilities, people must be informed.

"MRSA first popped up in the hospital and it’s still a killer there. It can cause wound infections, kidney infections, and pneumonia, to name a few. Only the strongest intravenous antibiotics have any chance at all to get rid of it. Some of the so-called flesh-eating bacteria cases are caused by MRSA..........

Juvenile INjustices

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqDDNMYULno&feature=youtu.be

A MUST VIEW, YOUR child could be next

Kids need protection from false confessions

http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2013/0826/In-juvenile-justice-kids-need-protection-from-false-confessions?cmpid=addthis_email#.UiT23b42h4Q.email

What if one was YOUR child??

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Everyday Assaults of Young Offenders in Adult Prisons

http://jjie.org/everyday-assaults-of-young-offenders-in-adult-prisons/105081/

A MUST READ AND SHARE, get educated and involved in juvenile issues, the next child could  BE YOURS.

254 yrs for 16 yr old juvenile

http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/08/07/60085.htm

Excerpt....please read full article

 "Moore was sentenced to 254 years and four months in prison, and isn't eligible for parole until he serves half that time.
     "Thus, Moore will spend his life in prison because he would have to live to 144 years old to be eligible for parole," Judge Harry Pregerson wrote for the three-judge panel."

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Tho this child deserves punishment for his crimes, the stated sentence is NOT common sense, IMO, knowing no one lives that long, a boy at age 14, in Alaska, got 210 yrs for a school shooting.
In the eyes of the officials and society, they are already dead! What were the contributing factors that lead them to do these crimes?????  No on will ever know!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Friday, July 19, 2013

DRUG FIRMS MAKING BILLIONS/CHILDREN WRONGLY LABELED MENTALLY ILL

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2364722/Children-wrongly-labelled-mentally-ill-making-billions-drug-firms.html

A MUST READ FOR ALL PARENTS, please get educated about any drug prescribed for your children or YOU. Adverse reactions, contraindications of, side affects are imperative to be in the knowledge of......please share this article with others.

Sentencing 13- and 14-Year-Old Children to Die in Prison










A MUST VIEW AND SHARE, what is happening to our nation's children. Many imprisoned are older, but under age of 18,  than ages stated in this video.   No chances, NO education, No rehabilitative measures.  Forgotten and Abandoned by officials, many lost their families, and forgotten by society.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gTJgwpcs_Y

Thanks to Equal Justice Initiative for this informative video
http://eji.org/

ILL-NEW LAW DIVERTS 17 YR OLDS FACING FELONIES

This bill takes affect Jan 1, 2014......BUT, what happens to children that face the criminal justice system BEFORE THAT DATE?????? IMO, this law should be effective NOW.

 http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/chi-ugc-article-new-law-diverting-17-year-olds-facing-felony-2013-07-19,0,1052772.story

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

It's time to stop these crimes against Illinois' imprisoned youth

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130716/OPINION/130719950/its-time-to-stop-these-crimes-against-illinois-imprisoned-youth


Except...please read full article and share with others.......


"When a government puts teenagers in prisons, they become state government's responsibility. At a bare minimum, the state must keep them safe inside those prisons and must not send them home more damaged than when they came into the state's custody."

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Misunderstandings and Myths in Juvenile Justice

http://askaninmateprogram.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/misunderstandings-and-myths-in-juvenile.html

Excerpt......please read full article and share with others, so important to be a voice for these children.
Children DO deserve a "chance" to become a productive member of society, yet they are thrown away and forgotten by officials, families and the general society, with no hopes of any future. This treatment is clearly a slow death sentence, for mistakes made as a "child", IMO

"Rehabilitation/Juvenile System Vs Retributive/Adult system

1.A child's developing brain makes him more susceptible to rehabilitation
2. Juvenile facilities are equipped with far more resources and programs than the adult system
3. Recidivism rates for juvenile facilities are much lower than Adult corrections
4. Among their peers there is no threat of abuse by adults"

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Miranda Rights~UPDATE~Children need to know!!

http://www.nolo.com/legal-update/staying-silent-not-enough-miranda-rights-33985.html

"In June 2010 the Supreme Court ruled that a suspect who stays silent and uncooperative after Miranda warnings are given has not invoked the right to remain silent. Some kind of simple but unambiguous statement is the key, the Court said in Berghuis v. Thompkins. In other words. you can effectively give up your Miranda rights by simply failing to invoke them while the police continue to question you."

A suggested card to carry in one's wallet, most especially children, and make sure they KNOW the miranda rights/updates, PLEASE read article above and to your children. See suggested card below



IMPORTANCE OF "2ND CHANCES"~~A MUST READ

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rick-collins/the-importance-of-second-_b_3562163.html

A MUST READ AND SHARE,  anyone/anyone's child could be caught up in a situation. Strongly suggest to get educated and involved of knowledge of the miranda rights/your legal rights and for your children.  Please read this update on miranda right, by the U. S. Supreme court.   STAYING SILENT IS "NOT" ENOUGH.
  http://www.nolo.com/legal-update/staying-silent-not-enough-miranda-rights-33985.html

Juvenile sentencing needs further reform

http://www.salon.com/2012/07/03/juvenile_sentencing/

Excerpt...please read full article
"Life without parole for a crime committed by a child—no matter how terrible the crime—should not be an acceptable sentence in our country.  The Supreme Court should be applauded for its decision that such a sentence cannot be mandatory. And it should take the next necessary step to ban such sentences for children as cruel and unusual punishment."
Many "children" have grown up in prison, sentenced to lengthy sentences, many with life with NO chance of parole, unless law reform changes, these children are doomed to die in prison. Some were as young as 12. Children DO deserve a chance. Justice must be tempered with "compassion and mercy."

Monday, July 8, 2013

A MOTHER'S "NITEMARE"~~Son was INNOCENT




http://cheristep.blogspot.com/2008/07/first-wave.html

A true story of a mother's nitemare, shattered lives, broken hearts, lives changed forever. This child could have been "anyone's child."

A MUST READ..........  "In the Fall of 2000. My 18 year old son, Jon, was arrested along with two of his friends, for a murder they did not commit............."

Lost for Life -- Resolution and Redemption

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nancy-doyle-palmer-/lost-for-life-resolution-_b_3558941.html

A MUST READ AND SHARE

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

CAUTION~FRAUDSTER.........A MUST READ & SHARE

http://prisonmovement.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/caution-fraudster/

Special thanks to Carol Leonard ( http://prisonmovement.wordpress.com  ) for this valuable information, please share.

America Abuses and Destroys Children

http://freejonny.weebly.com/1/post/2013/06/america-abuses-and-destroys-children.html

Excerpt......please read full article

"Not a head line that we are used to seeing and maybe we wouldn't believe it even if we did.  For a nation that stands for the civil rights of all people, the need to protect animals, water, trees, bugs and old buildings.....we FAIL when it comes to our children.  We fail miserably!  At the end of this article will be a video of children and Richard Ross (photo journalist on conditions in juvenile detention in America) in solitary confinement."

This could be "anyone's child", at any given day/moment!

Monday, July 1, 2013

A SENTENCE NO CHILD DESERVES

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/06/29/opinion/a-sentence-no-child-deserves/

PLEASE read full article and share, get educated and involved in these INjustice issues of our nation's children.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Costly, grown-up injustice: Life sentences for children

http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20130630/PC1002/130639957/1021/costly-grown-up-injustice-life-sentences-for-children&source=RSS

Excerpt....a MUST READ full article
"Policies that automatically lock children away with no hope of release are inconsistent with American values. The Obama administration has an opportunity to move our country forward on juvenile justice reform — an issue that was a priority to Barack Obama when he served in the Illinois Legislature.
The administration should implement meaningful juvenile justice reforms that uphold the dignity and human rights of our children and ensure that no child in our nation is deemed a throwaway person."

Thursday, June 27, 2013

President’s Budget Includes Crucial Funding for Juvenile Justice

http://jjie.org/presidents-budget-includes-crucial-funding-for-juvenile-justice/

Excerpt, a must read full article.....

"The president’s budget includes $70 million under Title II for states to utilize in keeping status offenders from being detained, removing children from adult jails and lock ups, and reducing the disparate treatment of youth of color in the juvenile justice system........"

These juvenile issues are so important to ALL of our nation's children. Please get educated and involved, for the sake and safety of your own children.

Premiere~ A MUST READ~ KIDS IN CRISIS

http://wandervogeldiary.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/premiere/


Excerpt....PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE

"The US Supreme Court has ruled that mandatory life without parole for juveniles is unconstitutional. Thus, LOST FOR LIFE and this issue will remain relevant for years to come."

"Mary Ellen Johnson is the Executive Director of The Pendulum Foundation, a non-profit that serves kids serving life. Mary Ellen is also the author of several published books, including The Murder of Jacob, about a 15-year-old who killed his abusive parents, Listening to Jay and the Americans, Walking in the Rain. She is the “godmother” of The Redemption Project."      http://www.redemptionforkids.org/

Thank you is simply not  enough words to express gratitude to Mr. Dan Dailey, Mary Ellen Johnson, and so many other justice advocates, who work tirelessly each day, to help make a difference, in seeking "justice" for our nation's children.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Miller v. Alabama: One Year Later

http://jjie.org/miller-v-alabama-one-year-later/

Excerpt....Please read full article

"Miller v. Alabama represents the latest in a series of recent Supreme Court decisions that have declared certain juvenile offender penalties unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment. "

Monday, June 24, 2013

STUDY: Throwing Kids In Jail Makes Crime Worse, Ruins Lives

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/06/17/2166481/study-throwing-kids-in-jail-makes-crime-worse-ruins-lives/

Excerpt....PLEASE read full article


"Some jurisdictions are starting to pull back the pedal on youth incarceration. Georgia recently passed a law that would dramatically reduce the number of kids sent to prison. An odd national coalition made up of progressives, racial justice advocates, anti-drug war campaigners, right-wing evangelicals, and libertarians are pushing prison reform laws around the country."


My personal thanks to Carol Leonard for sharing this most important article

https://www.facebook.com/groups/PrisonReformMvt/

Thursday, June 20, 2013

COULD YOU FORGIVE?~~A MUST READ AND SHARE

http://wandervogeldiary.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/could-you-forgive/

LOST FOR LIFE....by Mary Ellen Johnson

"Mary Ellen Johnson is the Executive Director of The Pendulum Foundation, a non-profit that serves kids serving life. Mary Ellen is also the author of several published books, including The Murder of Jacob, about a 15-year-old who killed his abusive parents."

My personal thanks to Mr. Dan Dailey, author of  the Wandervogel Diary.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Reducing Juvenile Incarceration in the United States

http://www.njjn.org/our-work/the-comeback-states-reducing-juvenile-incarceration-in-the-united-states?utm_source=The+Comeback+States%3A+Announcing+a+New+Report+from+NJJN+and+TPFF&utm_campaign=Comeback+States%2C+June+18%2C+2013&utm_medium=email

Excerpt.......PLEASE read full article

"It’s time for all states to to make a comeback for our kids. We urge you to express support for fiscally sound, evidence-based policies that ensure accountability for youth who commit crimes while also creating opportunities for rehabilitation."
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WE all change as we get older, children are still growing, developing of the brain and over all anatomy of the body. Children DO  deserve a "chance"

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Prison sentence of 12-year-old prompts new law

http://pharostribune.com/local/x1912986761/Prison-sentence-of-12-year-old-prompts-new-law

PLEASE, read full article

Law allows trials partly as adults, partly as juveniles. - 



Paul Henry Gingerich was ONLY 12 years of age, there should be alternative solutions, NOT

 placing children with "adults."  They cannot "learn" to follow a "good" path, when placed 

with "adults."    Children are so young, so vulnerable, easily led and influenced, IMO

Friday, June 14, 2013

JUSTICE FOR SARA KRUZAN

http://jjie.org/justice-for-sara/

Excerpt.....please read full article, Sara, indeed deserves her freedom, she was ONLY a child and most deserving a "chance" to become a "productive member" of society. She has suffered greatly, more than any child should have to endure....

"According to tweets from Liliana Segura, an editor at The Nation, and Prison Reform Movement, around 5:00 p.m. the California Parole Board decided it was time for Sara to be released. She was “found suitable for parole” according to  Tamar Birckhead, a University of North Carolina law professor and frequent contributor to JJIE, and “still needs [the] governor’s signature, but it’s coming.”