Sunday, June 30, 2013

Costly, grown-up injustice: Life sentences for children

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

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.



"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."

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

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

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

Thursday, June 20, 2013


LOST FOR 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

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."
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

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


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.”

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Experts Call for Juvenile Justice System Overhaul

Excerpt.....please read full article

"The juvenile justice system has failed to consider young people’s development and many kids have been permanently scarred, said Johnson, who is also a professor of pediatrics at the New Jersey Medical School. Although we have learned a lot in recent years about adolescent brain development, he said, this knowledge still hasn’t moved into juvenile justice policy and practice. "

Infographic Explores Brain Science and Childhood Trauma

"Our newest infographic produced in collaboration with Participant Media showcases the differences between adolescent and adult brains as well as the lasting effects of childhood trauma. We know that children are different from adults, and this infographic highlights those critical differences in a visually appealing way."

GUEST READERS........Please read and share, please get educated and involved in these issues. YOU can help save the life of a child.
Thanks to  the Fair Sentencing of Youth organization for their continued  efforts on behalf of our nation's "children"

Friday, June 7, 2013

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Monday, June 3, 2013

Dr. David Healy/ Big Pharma can't shut up...An imperative READ

EXCERPT......PLEASE read all of this most important article, please share with those in your world, be certain to look at the links available at the end of this article, all are astounding!

"For years, it was fairly easy for people in the pharmaceutical and medical industries to label Healy, Kirsch and Breggin as alarmists. But two summers ago, one of the most prominent members of U.S. medical establishment, Marcia Angell, former editor-in-chief of New England Journal of Medicine, published an article damning the over-prescription of psychoactive drugs. In two essays in the June 23, 2011[4] and July 14, 2011 [5] New York Review of Books, Angell backed arguments by the university clinician Kirsh, the mental heath journalist Robert Whitaker, and Boston psychiatrist Daniel Carlat that there is something extremely suspicious about the following trends: the number of people treated for depression has tripled since the launch of Prozac in 1987; 10 percent of Americans over age six are taking antidepressants; and 30 antipsychotics like Risperdal, Zyprexa and Seroquel are replacing cholesterol-lowering agents as the top-selling class of drugs in the U.S., largely because they are being prescribed to children..........."

PLEASE NOTE.... Drug abuse among teens.........STATISTICS

Drug abuse among adults...... STATISTICS.....