Thursday, January 16, 2014

LOOKING OUT, BUT NO ONE LOOKING "IN"













LOOKING OUT, BUT NO ONE LOOKING IN

COMPASSION, KINDNESS AND MERCY IS ALWAYS “FREE”!

It is long overdue, for America to take back their children, they do deserve a “chance”, INNOCENCE UNTIL “PROVEN” GUILTY.
IF GUILTY, along with punishment AS A CHILD, rehabilitative efforts to help them become “productive members of society”.  NOT to “destroy” but to “help” them, guide them is so necessary/imperative in their young growing years.  The present day laws governing “children”, literally “destroys” yet, another life, those acts of law is “state sanctioned murder”……..

The statistics of the devastation of our nation’s youth is staggering. How did our youth become what they are today and what they are doing? Who’s responsibility is it, when “children” go astray? When a child gets into trouble, tho many adults in this child’s life, the child is the only one that ever gets punished, tho many adults are indeed as guilty. Children are a product of their surroundings, their environment, they learn what they see and hear from others. How can officials, in all honesty and justice, ONLY punish the child, when so many others are the reason, that child is now under arrest, and facing possibly long prison terms. What happen to the family units? Where is the “love and hugs”?, these children need so desperately? What happened to the teaching of manners ,etiquette and discipline of our nation’s youth? Yet, we can find  churches just about on every corner in every town in America, and more are being built. The daily exposure of violence on TV, in videos, on the internet, arcade games, etc, exposes the young brain to many things to ward them off to the unreal. Children have no understanding of the “reality” of death, can’t even comprehend it. America’s society must wake up to these atrocities against our nation’s youth, become involved in juvenile issues, for the sake and safety of their own children. Children are being held at a zero tolerance level in schools and every where they go and everything they do, for the smallest infraction/mistake, they could face arrest and prison time, for mistakes made as a child. Officials are holding higher/ more strict guidelines for “children” and receive much harsher sentencing, than their adult counterparts. Many children are literally thrown away and forgotten by society and officials,  many never had a chance since birth, in their very young lives. Many come from broken families, with parents who are alcoholics or drug users, many are child abusers, and many murder their own children. So many children are destined to a very dim and short future. If 100% guilty, punishment is warranted, but in a “juvenile court of law, along with rehabilitation efforts, counseling, discipline, guidance to assist them in becoming “productive” members of society. A “chance” NEVER offered by officials, with NO compassion, NO mercy,  many never “got” since their birth.

Prisons and juvenile detention centers are full of wayward children. How did they get there? What happened in their young lives? Many were sentenced to LIFE, and LIFE WITH “NO” CHANCE OF PAROLE, again, how many adults were in that child’s life, and how many were, indeed, responsible for that child? They are looking out now, with NO one looking in, forgotten, and destined to die in prison, for mistakes made as a “child”. Many were just around the wrong people, so vulnerable, so easily influenced, yearning to be accepted and loved by someone, anyone that would give them attention and care, they so desperately seek.  Many languish in prison daily, with NO mail, NO visitors, NO canteen funds, NO nothing, many abandoned by their own families AND society AND officials. Many classified as “first time offenders”, many did not murder or rob or rape anyone, just in the wrong place, at the wrong time, with the wrong people, many of them attempt or commit suicide behind bars, feeling so hopeless and totally abandoned. What has happened to “compassion and mercy”?  Who will be our leaders of this country tomorrow, when our nation’s youth are all locked away and forgotten??   JUSTICE must be “tempered” with compassion and mercy!!

 When will YOU speak out for a child?

“They” are still “looking out” but few are “looking in.”


Knightgale
Volunteer Juvenile Justice Advocate
JUSTICE WINDS
FACEBOOK….Knightgale LaCross





Young and in prison, with no chance of parole

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/young-and-jail-no-chance-parole

Excerpt.....Please read FULL article

"Human Rights Watch said in a statement that in Miller V. Alabama, the Supreme Court determined that youth “cannot with reliability be classified among the worst offenders” because they are more capable of change than are adults, and their actions are less likely to be evidence of “irretrievably depraved character.” ..............
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Children are the most vulnerable in our society, so easily led/influenced by others, contributing factors are the home life and their daily surroundings and contact with others, they did NOT get to where they are today, ALL BY THEMSELVES. Children deserve a chance of redemption, rehabilitative efforts, guidance and discipline, to help them become a productive member of society.  Many are doomed to life with NO chance of parole, for "mistakes" "MADE AS A CHILD", facing much harsher sentences than many of the adults counterparts.

Monday, January 13, 2014













Kurt Danysh, one of many "imprisoned children", at such a "young age", sentenced to 22 1/2 to 60 yrs, for killing his father, under the influence of an antidepressant. A must read is his story and timeline of events in his young life. I got to know and follow his case for many years now, have visited Kurt for the past 8 years, and continue to campaign, support, research, mentor for Kurt in his quest for freedom. Please take the time to read his case story. He is a bright, very intelligent young man, using his time very wisely,  in getting all the education he can, participates in the activities at the facility, for the "good" of all. He is a paralegal, and has taken many educational courses to his advantage. He stays busy thru out his days, to improve himself, prepping for re entry into society. He is now in his early 30's, changed from the young boy he once was.

http://www.kurtdanysh.com/index.html
http://www.thesaveproject.com/

Growing up behind bars

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/commentary/la-oe-calvin-juvenile-prison-sentences-20140113,0,2238455.story#axzz2qGsKoYMi

A must read full article and share......Children are NOT adults, juvenile justice LAW reform is imperative to help save our nation's children from doom and deaths.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

New federal guidelines are welcome step toward stopping 'school-to-prison pipeline' that ruins lives of children

http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/news/new-federal-guidelines-are-welcome-step-toward-stopping-school-to-prison-pipeline-

EXCERPT....Please read and share FULL article

"Finally, our politicians are waking up to the fact that our children need a helping hand, not a pair of handcuffs. 
They’ve recognized the devastating consequences of the lunacy that has gripped our schools: the idea that children should be tossed out of school and, quite often, into jail for typical adolescent misbehavior..........."

Monday, January 6, 2014

Activists push for juvenile justice system reforms

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/1/6/juvenile-detentioncentershold70000youth.html

EXCERPT......Please read and share FULL article. Juvenile justice law reform is imperative, to help save our nation's children from "doom and deaths"

"On any given day in the United States, about 70,000 children are held in residential juvenile centers like the one Bing was sent to, and at least two thirds of them are charged with nonviolent offenses. Another 10,000 are detained in adult prisons and jails. Each year, as many as 250,000 youths under 18 are tried, sentenced or incarcerated as adults........."