KIDS IN COURTS, KIDS IN CRISIS~Justice for all children, to be safe from harm, protected with mercy & compassion.~ One of the most cruel forms of punishment is "denial of existence"~~~
Justice Anthony Kennedy said, “It would be misguided to equate the failing of a minor with those of an adult, for a greater possibility exists that a minor’s character deficiencies will be reformed."
A bill has been introduced in Texas that would allow children to consent to receiving vaccines without any parental input.
The bill, S.B. 63 titled, “Relating to consent to the immunization of certain children,” would allow for consent to immunization by a child if the child is pregnant or is the custodial parent of a child. It also notes, “a health care provider or facility may rely on the written statement of the child containing the grounds on which the child has capacity to consent.”
Excellent Info on Youth Incarceration to be found here:
New KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot on Juvenile Incarceration
Research shows America's overreliance on incarceration has not worked in rehabilitating young offenders, creating instead expensive systems that fail to increase public safety. While the United States still leads the world in locking up its young people, a new KIDS COUNT data snapshot shows the nation's confinement rate is the lowest it has been in 35 years. This positive trend presents communities with an opportunity to pursue more cost-effective and humane approaches to juvenile justice, several of which are outlined in the new Casey Foundation report.
http://www.aecf.org/OurWork/JuvenileJustice/JuvenileJusticeReport.aspx Excerpt-please read full article The Annie E. Casey Foundation's report, No Place for Kids: The Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration, assembles a vast array of juvenile crime statistics and other evidence to demonstrate that incarcerating kids doesn't work: Juvenile correctional facilities do not reduce future offending. Instead, they waste taxpayer dollars and frequently expose youth to dangerous and abusive conditions.
She still languishing in prison for over 10 yrs, facing 20 yrs more, for a crime she did NOT do, tho unfortunately was with those who did the crime. No compassion, nor mercy for this child, who's own daughter is growing up without her mother. She deserves NOT to be "persecuted" for 20 more years....... COULD YOU?
Could you take my hand and walk by my side When I'm wrong and even when I'm right? See me for who I am, Not what I've done. The changed woman I've managed to become.
Could you Imagine yourself in your shoes, Where you'd need someone to be there for you To forgive you of all your mistakes No matter what road you've chosen to take?
Could you See your life being turned around in just an instant and now you're left wondering how to fix it?
Could you Take all the pain or drive yourself insane.
Could you Open your eyes and heart to see that, this could have been you instead of me.
Could you........ Could you....... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~` (c)Krista McDaniel Leath Correctional Facility Greenwood, S. C. 1/31/08
(Pic not of this article) http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20130223/OPINION03/702249930?page=1 Excerpt-Please read and share full article...... "If anyone is likely to change and be redeemed, it is a child and redemption is possible, even for children who have committed terrible crimes. Jeff Coats was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder as a 14 year old. After serving 17 years, he was released and is holding down a job. He speaks to groups regularly about the realities of life behind bars for children. ........"
Ryan Ferguson has spent the last 9 yrs in prison for a murder he did not commit. he was NOT even "there"......please read articles below, how you can help, sign the petition, help us spread the word about this gross INjustice of this young man. There was NO DNA, NO NOTHING, please stand up for "justice"
http://www.alternet.org/education/floridas-school-prison-pipeline-largest-nation?paging=off Excerpt......please read full article......this action is taken all over this nation, get educated and involved, help stop this madness!!! "Even with recent improvements, the percent of those arrested for petty misdemeanors “hasn’t budged,” Utter said. “While it’s a good thing that fewer children are being arrested, we’re still arresting kids for utter bullshit.........."
She’s come a long way, since that
dreadful day of being arrested, of being in the wrong place at the wrong time,
with the wrong, unsavory adults, who murdered two convenient store workers. At
just turning 16 yrs of age, she was talked into taking a “plea” of 30 yrs
prison time with NO chance of parole, scared, alone, and ineffective counsel,
she now spends her days for over 10 yrs(facing 20 more yrs), in a correctional facility in S.C.
Her journeys have been very tough, languishing in prison, with no focus on her
future, an appeal has been filed with the SC court of appeals, but was “denied”
Since birth, (of a 15 yr old mother) this child
had been handed off to different relatives in many homes in her young life,
with no structure or stability, just trying to survive in an adult world. As it
is the nature of all children, she was constantly seeking love and attention
from anyone who would give it, unfortunately one did show her attention,
kindness, even bought her things, she soaking up this attention like a wet
sponge. Born to a 15 yr old mother, inexperienced in having a baby, with no
father around for support, she and mother muddled thru life, as best as she
She has come a long way since
that dreadful day, she had a baby herself, when too, only 15 yrs of age, just
like her own mother, but being incarcerated, her mother has custody of her
child, who is now 11 yrs of age, without
her own mother to be there for her and give her the love and attention,
structure and stability she so needs in her young life as well.
Krista is 26 now, and has grown up
in so many ways, having more respect for herself, and confidence, and most of
all support from those who care what happens to her. Advocates are
communicating with her, keeping the windows open to the outside world, canteen
funds, books, magazines for educational resources are sent to her, and helping
her get as much education as possible. She is malnourished, does not
get the adequate balanced meals to help maintain a healthy body and mind.
Now days her spirits seem higher
than before, in knowing there are those “out there” she can trust and rely on
to be her trusted friends, and continue to be in support of her. She has grown
into a beautiful, confident young lady, and is absolutely NO threat to
society. She did NOT murder or rob
anyone, but so unfortunately, was with those bad people that did this horrific
deed, she got punished right along with those, who actually did the crime, but
she did NOT, she was with them, tho she did NOT know “they” were going to do
such a horrible thing. She and advocates
alike, still believe her punishment sentencing was severe and barbaric, for the
mistakes made as a mere “child”. Perhaps had she had the stability and
structure of a better “home life”, this horrible incident would have never
occurred in her young life.
Krista deserves a “chance” at
life, NOT 30 yrs prison time with NO chance of parole, funds spent for
incarceration, could be put to use in much better areas of education and
POSTED FOR "PUBLIC AWARENESS".................."INJUSTICE" One of the many items Krista McDaniel faced in this tragedy case..... she was sentenced to 30 yrs with NO chance of parole, for a crime she did NOT do, but unfortunately was with those, who did this crime. She is going into her 11th yr of a 30 yr sentence..........this is NO justice for this child.
Clients in limbo as 2 defense attorneys face drug charges.
Teen accused in slaying case among those who will have to get new lawyers
For the past year and a half, Mary Carver has waited for word on when her teenage daughter will stand trial in a brutal North Charleston murder case that could send young Krista to prison for the rest of her life.
Now, Carver wonders who will be there to defend her daughter when her day in court finally comes.
Krista McDaniel is among dozens of clients whose cases are in limbo following the recent indictment of two Charleston lawyers accused of conspiring with a former prosecutor to distribute cocaine. The S.C. Supreme Court has barred the trio from practicing law until further notice.
The clients of defense lawyers Tara Anderson Thompson and Todd Anthony Strich have to find someone new to represent them. Some, like McDaniel, must do so from jail or accept a court-appointed lawyer. How this turn of events will affect their cases remains to be seen.
McDaniel was 16 years old when she was charged in November 2002 with participating in the robbery and killing of her two employers at a North Charleston Amoco station. Now 17, she and three co-defendants are in the Charleston County jail awaiting trial on murder charges. Prosecutors may seek the death penalty.
Carver said Thompson, who had been appointed to represent her daughter, visited McDaniel a handful of times over the past 20 months. Carver said Thompson told her last year that the case would soon go to trial. She and her daughter waited for more news from Thompson, but none came, she said.
McDaniel recently received a form letter from another Charles-ton lawyer informing her that he had been appointed to keep watch over Thompson's files. The letter instructed her to find a new lawyer and retrieve her case file from his office by January, Carver said.
"I have no idea what's going on," said Carver, who lives in Florida. "They're sending this 17-year-old girl a letter in jail telling her that she has to pick up her paperwork. She can't do that; she's in jail. It don't make any sense at all. Why is this even happening?"
The move came after a state grand jury last month indicted Thompson, Strich and former Assistant Solicitor Damon Cook on conspiracy charges in connection with a drug ring operating in Charleston County. Three others - Charles Edward Deese Jr., Rebecca Leigh McCollum and Joe Ambrosia - have been indicted on cocaine trafficking charges.
State prosecutors have refused to discuss details of the alleged ring, citing an ongoing investigation.
The Supreme Court appointed lawyers Spencer Roddey Jr. and Paul Schwartz as custodians for the case files of Thompson and Strich, respectively. They must safeguard the files until clients can retrieve them or other attorneys are appointed to handle the cases. They are there to protect the clients' "immediate interests," but won't be handling their actual cases.
"The appointment is very limited," Roddey said.
Roddey said Thompson had "a healthy practice" with dozens of open case files. He did not have an exact number. Court records show her open cases range from fraud and larceny charges to allegations of drug dealing.
Schwartz said he has about a dozen of Strich's cases, which range from traffic offenses to criminal matters.
Ninth Circuit Solicitor Ralph Hoisington said the lawyers' suspension likely will cause some delays, but "it should not be a major setback" for clients. Those affected will either hire or be assigned new lawyers who will review the cases, meet with clients and plot strategy, he said.
"Any time a case moves from one lawyer to another, there are certain delays, but that's part of the process," he said.
Hoisington has had to deal with similar problems created by Cook's firing in April. Former New Orleans prosecutor Beth Galante has been hired to replace Cook and assume his caseload, which included more than 300 arrest warrants involving about 170 defendants, he said.
In McDaniel's case, the clerk of court's office will likely appoint a new lawyer for the teen, and that person will have more than enough time to get up to speed, Hoisington said. Prosecutors are still reviewing the case, and no trial date has been set.
"Her new attorney will have ample time to sit down with me and discuss the resolution (of the case)," he said.
Glenn Smith covers police and crime. Contact him at 937-5556 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A post conviction relief request by Krista in 2008 was DENIED........she has applied for clemency, awaiting results..........she truly deserved at the very least a "chance" for release. Hopefully the latest ruling by the U. S Supreme court will have an impact on her case.
Anyone interested in support of and/or would care to write Krista, please contact email@example.com
POSTED FOR "PUBLIC AWARENESS http://www.ssristories.com Over 4800 cases of horrible tragedies, many involving anti-depressants http://www.kurtdanysh.com Kurt had just turned 18, the affects of prozac Sentenced to prison for 22 1/2 to 60 yrs, killed his father http://www.christopherpittman.org Chris was ONLY 12, had been given 2 different anti-depressants Sentenced to a long term in prison, killed his grandparents Kurt and Chris are just 2 children of many thousands, who were given an anti-depressant drug, and the horrible change of events in their young lives. Strongly urged to get educated, get involved, know and "understand" the side affects, adverse reactions and contraindications of any drugs.
"Synthetic marijuana was linked to 11,406 drug-related emergency department visits in 2010, according to a first-of-its-kind report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This is when it first started showing up on health providers’ radar, as the Drug Abuse Warning Nework detected a measurable number of emergency visits.
Who wound up in the emergency room the most? Children ages 12 to 17........"
http://justice4juveniles.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/life-in-prison/ Excerpt....PLEASE read full article......Children CAN change/do better, with the guidance and rehabilative efforts, to help them become productive members of society, life in prison is NOT the solution. A "chance" many NEVER had since birth. Juvenile law reform IS imperative, to save our nation's children from doom and DEATHS. "It is important that I now also tell you Wendy is serving a life sentence in Texas for a crime that occurred when she had just turned 15-years-old. She resides at the Christina Melton Crain Unit in Gatesville, Texas. The academic and personal achievements describe Wendy as the person she is today. Everything she has accomplished has taken place in prison and though she has reason to feel proud, her positive growth is forever shadowed in her mind by her involvement in a crime that took place in September of 1983............"