Friday, December 19, 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

RULING WILL RESTRICT CHILDREN TRANSFERRED TO ADULT COURT

http://www.woai.com/articles/woai-local-news-sponsored-by-five-119078/major-ruling-will-restrict-child-offenders-13055419/

PROSECUTORS  DO "NOT" CALL THE SHOTS  ANYMORE......EXCELLENT ARTICLE.......Please read and share

Excerpt...."In a landmark ruling, the state's highest criminal court ruled Thursday that juvenile offenders cannot simply be transferred into adult court on the basis of the severity of the crimes they are charged with, a decision will make it far more difficult to certify a young offender to stand trial as an adult, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports."

"Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, in a split decision, ruled the way prosecutors have demanded, and received, juvenile offenders into the adult justice system for decades is flawed."
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Articles posted for "public awareness", article and copyrights acknowledged, NO infringements intended
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Thanks to the author for an excellent article.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

CHILDREN CONDEMNED TO LIFE-A FILM DOCUMENTARY

http://www.theinvestigativefund.org/blog/2082/children_condemned_to_life%3A_in_film/

EXCERPT....PLEASE READ AND SHARE "FULL" ARTICLE

"But in a nation corrupted by politics and fear, where elected officials and judges are jockeying to appear tough on crime, "everybody's afraid to be seen as sympathetic, compassionate, and merciful to people who have committed violent acts," Stevenson says."
(Bryan Stevenson, Equal Justice Initiative,  http://www.eji.org/ )  An excellent source of information in reference to INjustice of "children."
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Thanks to the author, credit given, copyrights acknowledge, NO infringment intended, posted for PUBLIC "AWARENESS"

Thursday, November 13, 2014

MANDATORY LWOP SHOULD NOT BE LEFT UP TO STATES

http://jjie.org/op-ed-mandatory-life-without-parole-should-not-be-left-up-to-states/

Excerpt....PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE...

" This regional disparity demonstrates even more clearly the problem with leaving this decision to the states. Since when do constitutional rights depend upon the state where you live and an arbitrary date?   So despite the U.S. Supreme Court's opinion that a mandatory sentence of life without parole for a child is "cruel and unusual punishment," states like Pennsylvania disagree. For them, it is only cruel and unusual if you were convicted on the right date and in the right state."
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Thanks to the author for sharing this important info, copyrights acknowledged, NO infringement intended, posted for "public awareness"

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

APPLYING ACE's to JUVENILE JUSTICE

https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/news/applying-aces-to-juvenile-justice-youth/8602

EXCERPT...Excellent!!!, please READ FULL ARTICLE.... Readers are stronlgy encouraged to share this important article.

"The term ACEs refers to the childhood abuse, neglect, and general household dysfunction that negatively affects a child’s development. Ranked on a scale of increasing severity from zero to 10, ACE scores of four or more are correlated with a greater likelihood of serious and long-lasting health and behavioral problems that may persist into adulthood.

http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/acestudy/
"The ACE Study findings suggest that certain experiences are major risk factors for the leading causes of illness and death as well as poor quality of life in the United States. It is critical to understand how some of the worst health and social problems in our nation can arise as a consequence of adverse childhood experiences. Realizing these connections is likely to improve efforts towards prevention and recovery."
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My personal thanks to the author for sharing this important article, please note author credited, NO copyrights infringement intended, ONLY just to share for "public awareness"

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

SHOULD A CHILD OFFENDER BE TREATED AS AN ADULT?

http://op-talk.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/24/should-a-child-offender-be-treated-as-an-adult/?_r=0

Excerpt....please read FULL article, so very important, strongly encourage readers to share this article, get educated, know and teach your children their legal/miranda rights.

"They are more impulsive and can’t control their emotions as well as adults — in fact, Ms. Cauffman added, “their emotional system doesn’t fully develop until about age 25.”

Sunday, October 26, 2014

BRUTAL CRIMES DON'T JUSTIFY BAD LAWS

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/26951-brutal-crimes-don-t-justify-bad-laws

This article is a real eye opener, if anyone at all is following the laws and actions of the courts about "juveniles."

Everyone is strongly urged to read this article and share with those in your world.
Children have that "legal right" to be treated fairly and "justly."
Parents/guardians are highly encouraged to teach their children to know their "legal rights", it is so important/imperative to their very lives.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

HOW BAD WERE THESE 100,000 KIDS???

http://www.upworthy.com/how-bad-were-these-100000-kids-that-courts-had-them-sent-to-adult-prisons-the-reason-disgusts-me?c=reccon1

A MUST READ/VIEW AND SHARE, lives being destroyed by the "system"
CHILD ARE "NOT" ADULTS.......Juvenile "law" reform is imperative to help save these children from doom and deaths.

Monday, October 6, 2014

GOING TO JAIL LIKE ADULTS, TEEN DESERVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/10/06/paying-taxes-and-going-to-jail-like-adults-teens-deserve-the-right-to-vote-too.html

EXCERPT..PLEASE READ AND SHARE FULL ARTICLE

"When convicted, those children can receive sentences as severe as life without the possibility of parole. If the government wants to treat teenagers as mature adults who should be held responsible for their crimes on sentencing day, it’s hypocritical and logically inconsistent to treat them as brainless children on Election Day."
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Makes "logical" sense, IMO

Sunday, October 5, 2014

CHILDREN OF THE DUMPING GROUND

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/children-of-the-dumping-ground

EXCERPT......please read and share FULL article, an extraordinary plight for "juvenile justice"


"In 2009, I met a young boy named Justin while filming inside Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility, a maximum-security juvenile prison 35 minutes east of Indianapolis.  At age 14, Justin was unlike any boy I had ever met during my 17 years filming inside juvenile prisons.  Why?  With an IQ of 40, Justin functioned at the level of a first-grader. He couldn’t read or write and had no idea why he was living a life behind bars. Even more wrenchingly, he had no parents, no family, no guardian and no legal counsel.  Frankly, even prison officials couldn’t understand why a minor brush with the law would send a developmentally disabled child to prison—and for such a long time.

There was no way I could turn my back on his story..........."
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My personal thanks to the author for this article and most worth while project for "justice" for "children"

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

KIDS ARE "NOT" ADULTS












http://www.ncsl.org/research/human-services/kids-are-not-adults-sl-magazine.aspx

EXCERPT....PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE


Brain research is providing new insights into what drives teenage behavior, moving lawmakers to rethink policies that treat them like adults.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

NO JURY TRIAL FOR JUVENILES, S.C.

http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20140728/PC1603/140729363

Just came across this article, interesting that Krista McDaniel, only 15 at the time of her case, was NOT afforded "juvenile" status, was convicted, sentenced AS AN ADULT, to 30 yrs with NO chance of parole. There is definitely something WRONG, in S.C, IMO......I have written a letter to the lawyer pictured in this article, for what it might be worth to Krista, and so many more "juveniles", caught up in the "system" The article did NOT mention "criminal" cases, persay......but a "child" is a "child"!!!!!



Monday, September 1, 2014

KRISTA MCDANIEL~DENIED "JUSTICE"

Krista- age 28-2014

Krista- age 15-2002
FOR PUBLIC AWARENESS,   Krista McDaniel is just ONE of many "juveniles" caught up in an UNJUST system.

There are a number of postings in reference to Krista McDaniel, please follow this link to bring up all the posts I have placed here about her case.  http://justicewinds.blogspot.com/search?q=krista+mcdaniel  One can also "google" her name.
SHE DID NOT GET A TRIAL!!!!

Have followed her case from the time of her detention to the present days. She has grown in many ways, "growing" up in a prison, facing 30 yrs with NO chance of parole. Post conviction relief request DENIED. Clemency request DENIED.  Am still seeking a "pro bono" lawyer to look at the court transcripts of this case. Such a gross INJUSTCE for this child, giving NO "chance", mistakes made as a "child."  The sentence is barbaric, with No compassion, NO mercy, NO credit for the 12 years already served, facing 18 more years with NO parole, for a crime itself, SHE DID NOT COMMIT. True, unfortunately she was with those ADULTS, who DID this crime!! My question is why a conspiracy, murder and armed robbery charge??? How does the prosecutor "prove" conspiracy?? Was there a GSR performed on her clothes and hands??   S.C law says the "hand of one is the hand of all." The background of this child, was not a stable enviornment, but she did NOT get to where she is today, ALL BY HERSELF.  I strongly urge the reading of all the posts located at the above URL link.

Anyone interested in JUSTICE, for this child,  please contact kidsincourt1@roadrunner.com
SUBJECT LINE...... "Krista McDaniel"


Friday, August 15, 2014

Story of survival after 21 yrs in prison

http://www.substance.com/this-is-how-it-feels-to-walk-out-of-prison-after-21-years/10625/

EXCERPT.....PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE

Posted for Justice and public awareness

Why Juvenile Incarceration Needs to Go

http://www.truth-out.org/progressivepicks/item/25541-stop-fearing-our-children-why-juvenile-incarceration-needs-to-go

EXCERPT....please read FULL article........People must/need to be aware of the atrocities children face daily in prisons, it is appauling of the abuse, sexual assaults, rapes, beating and some even murdered behind those bars.

"Although lawmakers and the media may decry atrocious conditions, overcrowding and rampant violence in juvenile prisons, they aren't examining the roots of the problem. In this interview, author Nell Bernstein takes on the question: Why are we locking up children at all?

Thanks to the author for this valuable information....Public awareness is imperative for "change", continuing to be a "voice" for those who so desperately need to be "heard"

Friday, July 25, 2014

LOST FOR LIFE~JUVENILES~PRISON FOR LIFE

http://smellslikescreenspirit.com/2014/07/lost-for-life-review/

EXCERPT...PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE REVIEW


"Director: Joshua Rofé

“I just wish I could go back in time,” says a tearful Brian Draper near the end of Lost for Life, director Joshua Rofé’s arresting documentary on U.S. juvenile “lifers.” And with those words, Draper apparently offers the only good solution, albeit an impossible one, to a complex and heartrending state of affairs. Brian and high school classmate Torey Adamcik, both 21 at the time the film was made, were arrested at the age of 16 for the brutal and senseless stabbing murder of fellow classmate Cassie Stoddart. Both were tried, found guilty and sentenced to life in prison, the result being that their heinous acts robbed our society of not just one young and promising life, but three such lives. And that sad situation is at the heart of Lost for Life as it probes the challenging and complex issue of whether it is appropriate to lock away juvenile offenders for life, without even the possibility of parole........."
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Thanks to the author for sharing this compelling information

Thursday, July 24, 2014

SUICIDAL THOUGHTS & BEHAVIORS AMONG DETAINED YOUTH

http://ojjdp.gov/pubs/243891.pdf

PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE....powerful information for us all.....PLEASE SHARE WITH OTHERS

Friday, July 18, 2014

WHEN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM ISN'T THE ANSWER!

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/29/opinion/sunday/nicholas-kristof-when-the-juvenile-justice-system-isnt-the-answer.html?_r=0

Excerpt.......PLEASE read FULL article.......PLEASE SHARE WITH OTHERS

‘Jane’ Didn’t Get the Help She Needed"

"Now Jane is in a girls’ detention center in Middletown, Conn. She’s one of almost 70,000 American youths incarcerated on any given day — and a reminder of how ineffective our programs for troubled children are.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Rikers: Where Mental Illness Meets Brutality in Jail/BRUTAL VIOLENCE

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/14/nyregion/rikers-study-finds-prisoners-injured-by-employees.html?_r=1

Excerpt...please read FULL article, and share

"What emerges is a damning portrait of guards on Rikers Island, who are poorly equipped to deal with mental illness and instead repeatedly respond with overwhelming force to even minor provocations.
The report notes that health department staff members interviewed 80 of the 129 inmates after their altercations with correction officers. In 80 percent of the cases, inmates reported being beaten after they were handcuffed."
My personal thanks to Tonya Meadows for sharing this most important information.


KNOW MIRANDA RIGHTS


Important advice for all juveniles






Saturday, July 12, 2014

16 year old, Who Shot Dad To Be Tried As Adult

http://www.greenevillesun.com/news/local_news/article_06c16047-cdba-5c44-9dc8-
9fc7da2811c3.html

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

'VICTIMIZED' "(Blanchard) has been victimized by adults throughout his childhood," contributing to low self-esteem and difficulty controlling his emotions, Smith said. Her assessment of Zachary Blanchard includes "a moderate risk of violence overall at present." "My opinion is, these things need some clinical attention," Smith said. "He's had very harsh parents."
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Contributions factors that lead up to this tragedy, could possibly have been prevented. If those adults in this child's life would have come forward, spoke up, took actions to help, maybe this tragedy would not have happened.   Just how much is a child forced to take of an abusive parent, before they "snap". This child did NOT get to where he is today, ALL BY HIMSELF, IMO.   NO crime is  condoned, but this child needs "help", rehabilitative measures for him to gain becoming a productive member of society, a LONG prison sentence will not solve the issues he is faced with, but will contribute to more bitterness, anger as the time proceeds. IMO, he will need disciple and rehabilitative efforts in a structured enviornment, and SHOULD be "evaluated" periodically to observe if he is progressing toward the betterment of himself .
Medical definition of a "child" 
This child needs/should recieve "help" and guidance, instead of "throwing away the key"
"Children" ARE worth saving!!

Friday, July 11, 2014

ETHAN SELF~A CHILD SENTENCE TO "LIFE"

I recently became of aware of this case, which I find quite disturbing.........

http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/article/110454/son-convicted-of-1st-degree-murder-for-killing-policeman-father

Excerpt....Please read FULL article~~~"Multiple psychologists, who interviewed Ethan believed his story, but there was never anything to corroborate it"

"Brooks said the defense team, attorneys John T. Milburn Rogers and Herb Moncier, “put on a litany of witnesses who knew Roger’s deceased wife. They told about times he was hateful and domineering toward his wife.”        He said psychologists who evaluated Ethan Self testified the young man told them that his mother took the abuse when she was alive, but after her death, his father re-directed it toward him.        “Multiple psychologists who interviewed Ethan believed his story, but there was never anything to corroborate it,” Brooks said."
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http://www.purpleberets.org/violence_police_families.html
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There are many sites on the net in reference to "violence in police families."  NO one knows what goes on "behind closed doors". With the statements made by "multiple psychologists" believed Ethan story, yet there was never anything to "corroborate it", then just how much investigation was really  done, in reference to Ethan's claims of "abuse" from his father??  There must be "more" to this case that has NOT been uncovered YET, IMO.   Just how can a child "prove" his home life with ("possible") abusive parent/s???

A case similiar to Ethan's, is of Jacob Ind in Colorado, for years Jacob suffered physical and sexual abuse, no one believed him either......    http://pendulumfoundation.com/blog/?page_id=12  
http://www.kktv.com/news/headlines/18330874.html     No one ever knew what Jacob was suffering thru.   http://truecrimezine.com/jacob-ind-book-mary-ellen-johnson/
"Before long Johnson finds herself neck-deep in a case riddled with accusations of alcoholism, a marriage made in hell, and physical and sexual abuse. The more Jacobs talks, the more fantastic his story becomes with sordid details of sexual abuse by both parents, as well as verbal and physical abuse."
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Just what "chances" does a child have, in the system, when no one believes them???
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I am a survivor of horrific/barbaric physical and mental abuse all the years as a child, NO one ever knew what draconian ABUSE, we were forced to endure, we were literally petrified/did not dare tell a soul, living daily in constant FEAR!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

How Solitary Confinement Hurts the Teenage Brain

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/06/how-solitary-confinement-hurts-the-teenage-brain/373002/?utm_content=buffer9d7bb&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Excerpt.......PLEASE READ "FULL" ARTICLE

"Solitary confinement involves isolating inmates in cells that are barely larger than a king-sized bed for 22 to 24 hours per day. It wreaks profound neurological and psychological damage, causing depression, hallucinations, panic attacks, cognitive deficits, obsessive thinking, paranoia, anxiety, and anger. Boston psychiatrist Stuart Grassian wrote that “even a few days of solitary confinement will predictably shift the EEG pattern towards an abnormal pattern characteristic of stupor and delirium.”

Thursday, July 3, 2014

DNA transference under scrutiny in criminal prosecutions

http://www.dodgeglobe.com/article/20140703/NEWS/140709828/-1/news

Excerpt.......please read FULL article


"Practitioners have long been concerned about the future possibility of accidental DNA transference playing a prominent role in a criminal prosecution"

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Justice Denied: Most States Have Not Obeyed Court Ruling on Juveniles Sentenced to Life

http://forwardtimesonline.com/2013/index.php/national-news/item/1452-justice-denied-most-states-have-not-obeyed-court-ruling-on-juveniles-sentenced-to-life

Justice, indeed has been denied for juvenile, PLEASE READ AND SHARE full article.
Compliance with the U.S. supreme court ruling, many states still have not made any changes in law reform for those juveniles.

Monday, June 30, 2014

A Path For Hope: Ending Juvenile Life Without Parole

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZtlWdS2I3s&feature=youtu.be

Strongly URGE ALL to take the time to view this most important video and please share.
The life you save, could be your OWN child.
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Please get educated and involved in issues that could affect your children. Be in the know, help protect your children.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Many Juveniles Still Illegally Sentenced to Life Without Parole

http://www.mintpressnews.com/many-juveniles-still-illegally-sentenced-life-without-parole/193186/

Excerpt....Please read and share FULL article

"A majority of states have done nothing to pursue statutory reform, while others use loopholes to continue sentencing minors to long-term punishments, the report says. Overall, a total of 44 states still have the option to sentence people to life in prison for crimes they committed as children."
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Please get educated and involved in juvenile "law reform."  The "next" child COULD BE "YOUR'S"
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My thanks to the author of this most important article information.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Locking Up Juveniles Produces More Adult Criminals

http://www.theledger.com/article/20140626/NEWS/140629425/1374?p=2&tc=pg

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

"Risk factors that make youth vulnerable to incarceration cannot be eliminated through incarceration," the report says. "In fact, many of the environmental and social factors that contribute to youth incarceration get worse, not better, with incarceration."
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Many face doom and death in prison, for "mistakes" made as a child.
They did NOT get to where they are today, ALL BY THEMSELVES!!
Locking up and throwing away the "key" IS NOT "JUSTICE FOR ALL"

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The tragic, maddening failure of America's juvenile justice system

http://theweek.com/article/index/262851/the-tragic-maddening-failure-of-americas-juvenile-justice-system#axzz34KjPaVvA

EXCERPT......please read FULL article

"WE MUST "REFORM" NOW

"When you start reading Nell Bernstein's haunting book about juvenile justice in America, you'll surely become heartbroken at the ways in which our nation systematically abuses, neglects, tortures, and otherwise ruins the lives of generations of children. No parent in America could read this wrenching work and not be touched to tears by its depictions of what our laws and our public officials do to our kids.
But later in your reading of Bernstein's Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prisonhttp://www.npr.org/2014/06/04/318801651/burning-down-the-house-makes-the-case-against-juvenile-incarceration   you'll move from heartbroken to furious. The mindlessness of the policies and practices that turn troubled youth into failed adults — and thus entrench into countless lives cycles of violence, poverty, and despair — are beyond maddening. Our nation's judges, cops, prosecutors, and politicians surely know by now the harm this causes all of us. The evidence of the damage is overwhelming. We imprison our children at seven times the rate Great Britain does and 18 times the rate of France, We spend far more money housing our kids in prison — $88,000 a year — than we do educating them in school. And yet, despite this crushing statistic, our nation does not move quickly enough to prevent the mistreatment, the rapes, the violence, and the degradation that occurs every day in modern American juvenile jails and prisons."
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The above article clearly is one of many, of the atrocities and INjustices against our nation's children.
Destroying them, instead of implementing  efforts for rehabilitation to become "productive" members of society. THIS MUST CHANGE, to help save them from "doom and deaths", IMO
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My personal thanks to the author for this most important information.





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Monday, June 2, 2014

Burning down the house, abolishing juvenile prisons

http://jjie.org/author-nell-bernstein-talks-about-burning-down-the-house-and-abolishing-juvenile-prisons/106972/

Excerpt, please read FULL article, anyone, everyone, this is a "must" read

"Bernstein argues convincingly that we need to stop forcing our children to endure torture. She believes strongly that delinquent children can and should be rehabilitated outside the razor wires of a juvenile prison."
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My personal thanks to the author, Nell Bernstein, for this most informative article.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

LIFE AFTER JUVENILE DETENTION






http://jjie.org/life-after-juvenile-detention/106899/

Excerpt........please read FULL article, written by a young lady, that has "been there, done that".....

“You can’t tell me that every single kid in this world is just a bad kid.”

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Who is the serious, violent, habitual offender?

http://vachss.com/av_dispatches/lifestyle.html

WHO IS THE SERIOUS, VIOLENT, HABITUAL OFFENDER?

Excerpt....Please read FULL article

"One of the reasons that our profession has been willing to accept the idea that there is a new breed of juvenile is that this profession does not want to face the fact that it has failed with a particular, tiny segment of the population for which we are responsible. It is much easier to say we are geared up to deal with "delinquents," that we can handle all kinds of "juvenile" crime, and that there's a certain type of kid whom we call the "life-style violent juvenile"

There's no such thing as a bad boy!



http://agypsyroad.com/2014/04/13/theres-no-such-thing-as-a-bad-boy/

One of the many articles written by Stephen P. Conrad.

Interesting article about our greatest natural resources, our nation's children, and the downfall of support and guidance for them. Please share with others.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

JUVENILE INCARCERATION~A CHILD'S NITEMARE by Stephen P. Conrad

http://baltimorepostexaminer.com/juvenile-incarceration-childs-nightmare/2014/05/14

Excerpt......Strongly urge readers to please read FULL article, excellent information about and for "children".........please share with others

"The facts should be alarming to every American. It is a horrific journey in which I have some personal experience, so I am quite familiar with the lifelong emotional, mental and spiritual scars of what incarceration will do to a child. The psychological damage done to a child even by short-term juvenile incarceration is damning and often irreversible. Incarcerated children are far more likely to re-offend within a year than those given alternative sentences.
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My personal thanks to Mr Conrad for his most important article.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

ABUSE OF POWER~Mara Leveritt

http://www.maraleveritt.com/
Written by Mara Leveritt

Excerpt, please read and share with others, the FULL article

"This site is about abuse of power, particularly in our justice system. It's also about transparency and accountability, the two medicines that prevent--or cure--those abuses. Don't think that the travesties I've described in The Boys on the Tracks, Devil's Knot or Dark Spell (to be released soon) are isolated or over. The stories continue here--and everywhere. Open eyes. Look around. "

Friday, May 2, 2014

Connecticut Accused of Lying Over Transgender Teen Held in Solitary Confinement

https://news.vice.com/article/connecticut-accused-of-lying-over-transgender-teen-held-in-solitary-confinement

Excerpt......Please, a MUST READ full article

"A transgender teen with a horrific history as a victim of rape, abuse, and trafficking is being held in solitary confinement at an adult prison in Connecticut, yet has still not been formally charged. Still, the state not only failed to protect her, but may have even lied about its mistakes."
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Where is the compassion and mercy, "rehabilitative efforts" for this child??

Friday, April 18, 2014

Unprisoning Our Children

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sheila-a-bedi/unprisoning-our-children_b_5155295.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false

Sheila A. Bedi  
Clinical associate law professor, Northwestern University
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PLEASE read FULL article, so very important for ALL

"These children are in different states and in every region of the country, but their stories are hauntingly similar: rapes, brutal use of pepper spray, beatings, prolonged solitary confinement. Lawsuits were filed over barbaric conditions. Jurisdictions were shamed and pledged to do better. Millions of taxpayer dollars have been -- and will be -- spent trying to make children's prisons safe. But eventually, the lawsuits will go away, the oversight will disappear and reforms will begin to recede. And the cycle of abuse will begin again."

Bill Seeks to Stop States’ Detention of Status Offenders

http://jjie.org/bill-seeks-to-stop-states-detention-of-status-offenders/106708/

Excerpt.......please read FULL article and share with others

"States would be forbidden to lock up juveniles who violate a court order by committing a status offense like truancy, running away from home or failing to abide by a curfew, under a bill pending in Congress."

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Is Florida arbitrarily prosecuting children as adults?

http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/2014/04/11/florida-prosecuting-children/7589353/

EXCERPT..........PLEASE read full article and share with others

"Children are less mature and have more potential to change than adults. Direct File is undermining that potential, according to Human Rights Watch."

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Atrocities and INjustice of "children"



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwLXbaou4-E

AN ABSOLUTELY MUST VIEW AND SHARE. Far too many in society do not have a clue/know of the many atrocities, INjustice and ABUSE of children behind cell doors..........PLEASE SHARE.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

BRANDED YOUTH FOR LIFE/Florida Arbitrarily Prosecuting Children as Adults












(pic not from this article)

http://www.hrw.org/news/2014/04/10/us-florida-arbitrarily-prosecuting-children-adults

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

"The law offers no opportunity for a judge to review or reverse the prosecutor’s decision, no matter how unsuitable the case is for criminal court."

http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/10-9646g2i8.pdf

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Solitary confinement and teens shouldn’t mix

http://cironline.org/blog/post/qa-solitary-confinement-and-teens-shouldn%E2%80%99t-mix-6247?shared_via_impaq_me=true&utm_campaign=52fdbbbd6639660013480000&utm_medium=social&utm_source=impaqme

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

"The brain is so used to a variety of sensory input that in the absence of that, over time, they start to hallucinate and get paranoid. You can literally make people crazy by keeping them in solitary."

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Solitary Confinement of Children: Child Abuse by Any Other Name

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marsha-levick/solitary-confinement-prison-reform_b_4979256.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

Excerpt.......please read and share FULL article

"Use of solitary confinement on a child is nothing short of government-sanctioned child abuse. We need to end the practice now........."

Written by  Marsha Levick  
Deputy Director and Chief Counsel Juvenile Law Center; Adjunct Faculty, University of Pennsylvania and Temple Law Schools, Juvenile Law Center
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I know, I 've experienced similiar punishments as a small child, locked in a closet for days, without  food or water, one of many ways the "monster" dealt out horrible punishments for my brother and I, for the least little "infraction"/mistake.
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Children are NOT commodities, they ARE human beings, so young, so vunerable, and SO defendless, many with no hope, abandoned by the families, friends, AND officials and society. When will this mode of behavior end?????

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

U.N. Questions the U.S. on Its Practice of Imprisoning Children with Adults

http://www1.cuny.edu/mu/law/2014/03/17/u-n-questions-the-u-s-on-its-widespread-practice-of-imprisoning-children-with-adults/#.Uyi5liw8Bf0.twitter

Excerpt.....PLEASE  read full article, so very important to all of our "children"

"Geneva, Switzerland – On Friday, the U.N. Human Rights Committee concluded review and questioning of the U.S. Government on its human rights record in Geneva. During the two day review, the Committee repeatedly expressed concern over the United States’ practice of imprisoning children in adult correctional facilities and asked to know what measures would be taken to ensure that children are not prosecuted as adults in criminal courts across the country........."

Friday, March 14, 2014

Jailing children for life in the USA

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lawreport/jailing-kids-for-life-in-the-us/4620686

Excerpt......please read and share FULL article

"Last year human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson successfully argued in the United States Supreme Court that the mandatory sentencing laws responsible for the indefinite detention of children are unconstitutional. Now, the fight is on to release over 2,000 people convicted when they were children from prisons around the country."

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

State Supreme Court sets hearing in Jordan Brown case, PA




http://www.ellwoodcityledger.com/news/police_fire_courts/state-supreme-court-sets-hearing-in-jordan-brown-case/article_a9e98f9e-3cd6-518b-b184-aa788a6c844c.html

Excerpt.....Please read full article...... Jordan Brown was a child at age 11 at the time of this tragedy.

Exonerated man shouldn’t have to prove innocence

http://wyofile.com/kerrydrake/exonerated-man-innocence/

Tho this blog is dedicated to bring awareness about the atrocities and injustices of "children, I am compelled to post this article, due to the ultimate gross "miscarriage of justice", IMO.

Excerpt...PLEASE READ AND SHARE FULL ARTICLE.

"What the criminal justice system did to Andrew Johnson – lock him up in prison for nearly 24 years for a crime DNA evidence shows he didn’t commit – was an unquestionable miscarriage of justice.........."

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Judges, prosecutors and wardens go to bat for Michigan's juvenile lifers

http://www.freep.com/article/20140302/COL04/303010015/juvenile-lifers-Michigan-Supreme-Court-mandatory-life-without-parole-Miller-v-Alabama

Excerpt......PLEASE read FULL article

"In two extraordinary friend-of-the-court briefs, more than 100 former judges, prosecutors and corrections officials say federal law mandates new sentencing hearings not just for the three prisoners whose cases the Michigan Supreme Court will hear Thursday morning, but for 360 others sentenced to mandatory life terms under the same statute.........."
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IMO, it is blatant discrimination NOT to allow ALL juvenile lifers that "chance", it is imperative for juvenile "law reform", to help save them from DOOM & DEATHS.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Solitary confinement: 29 years in a box

http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/23/health/solitary-confinement-psychology/

Excerpts......please read and share full article, these actions are cruel and inhumane.

"Robert King still remembers well the dimensions of his cell: 6 x 9 x 12 feet. There was a steel bed and a sink that doubled as a toilet where he would also wash clothes."

"New York state agreed to several changes that would limit the use of solitary confinement for disciplining some groups of inmates, including those under 18 or pregnant women. The agreement stemmed from a class-action lawsuit." http://www.nyclu.org/files/releases/PeoplesvFischer_Complaint_FINAL.pdf

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison

http://www.amazon.com/Burning-Down-House-Juvenile-Prison/dp/1595589562/ref=la_B001K8IVDE_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1393039156&sr=1-2

Excerpt......Please read Full article/info, please share with others

"One in three American children will be arrested by the time they are twenty-three, and many will spend time locked inside horrific detention centers that defy everything we know about how to rehabilitate young offenders. In a clear-eyed indictment of the juvenile justice system run amok, award-winning journalist Nell Bernstein shows that there is no right way to lock up a child. The very act of isolation denies delinquent children the thing that is most essential to their growth and rehabilitation: positive relationships with caring adults."

Monday, February 17, 2014

Juvenile Justice Experts Scrutinize OJJDP’s Role

http://jjie.org/juvenile-justice-experts-scrutinize-ojjdps-role/

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

"The report recommended that a “developmental approach” respond to such acts with treatment and services that enable youths to focus on “repairing the social injury or damage” caused by their behavior while making them understand how it has affected others and having them take responsibility for the behavior."