Tuesday, December 8, 2015

END VIOLENCE AGAINST OUR CHILDREN

http://jjie.org/states-should-mandate-school-justice-partnership-to-end-violence-against-our-children/163156/

EXCERPT...PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE

"But what remains a surprise is the number of jurisdictions still exercising zero tolerance practices despite its zero intelligence. What is asinine is how many refuse to change, knowing they can implement evidence-based models with better outcomes."
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Juvenile law/policy "reforms" are imperative to our nation's children, recognizing/understanding the developmental stages/anatomy/phychology of the human brain, IMO   to help save these children from DEATHS and/or DOOM for the rest of their lives.

Friday, October 2, 2015

JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM FINDS SUPPORT


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cory-booker-prison-kids_560c47e3e4b0768127008685

Excerpt-please read FULL article..ALL children deserve a "chance"

"Mark Holden, general counsel and senior vice president at Koch Industries, said prison time could often be more effectively replaced with another remedy. Working as a prison guard in Worcester, Massachusetts, before he went to law school, Holden said, "There were people who -- they weren't violent. They made mistakes and they needed support. They probably needed drug treatment. They needed a job. They needed opportunity. They didn't get it so they became lost in the system and forgotten about." 

Monday, September 7, 2015

The Ridiculous Reason 13 Year Olds Are Getting Life Without Parole

http://www.attn.com/stories/3034/teens-in-prison-life-without-parole

Excerpt...please read full article
 "Children as young as 13 years old have been tried as adults and sentenced to die in prison, typically without any consideration of their age or circumstances of the offense."

Monday, July 20, 2015

Criminal Justice Reforms Must Include Youth Behind Bars-Liz Ryan

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/liz_ryan/mr-president-and-congress_b_7828070.html

Strongly urge readers to read FULL article, so important to all of our nation's children.

Excerpt....  "Kalief Browder and Andre Sheffield's deaths are a sobering reminder to the president and the congress of the urgency and the need to ensure youth behind bars are not left behind."

  
President & CEO of the Youth First! Initiative

Friday, July 17, 2015

Enhancing the Fairness and Effectiveness of the Criminal Justice System

http://www.fairfaxtimes.com/article/20150717/OPINION/150719574/1065/enhancing-the-fairness-and-effectiveness-of-the-criminal-justice&template=fairfaxTimes

Excerpt:   
"On July 14, President Obama laid out the case for meaningful juvenile and criminal justice reform that makes our system, fairer, smarter and more cost-effective while keeping the American people safe and secure. Across the political spectrum, there is a growing consensus to make reforms to the juvenile and criminal justice systems to ensure that criminal laws are enforced more fairly and efficiently."

Thursday, April 30, 2015

5-common-mistakes-to-avoid-if-you-are-arrested/A MUST READ




http://nakedlaw.avvo.com/crime/5-common-mistakes-to-avoid-if-you-are-arrested.html?utm_source=Outbrain&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=mobile-nakedlaw

Vital information for everyone to know, children themselves have NO clue of their miranda rights, teach them, get to know what your's and their legal rights ARE. Never talk to investigators without a lawyer present.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

AMERICA'S PRISONS-A ROAD TO NOWHERE

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/opedspace/americas-prisons-a-road-t_b_6204554.html

Excerpt......PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE, "very" informative, what inmates face upon "release"

"By Ben Notterman
Video of Henry McCollum's release shows the exonerated death row inmate making his way through a crowd of excited onlookers and into his family's car, where he could not figure out how to fasten his seatbelt. In his defense, many states did not begin mandating the use of seatbelts until well into the 1990s, by which time McCollum had already spent a decade in prison. Like most of the 650,000 inmates released from prison each year, McCollum brings no vocational skills or educational background into a world that must appear to him a strange and distant future, thrust on an unsuspecting present. From this perspective, the severity of punishment is never greater than at the time of release."
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Some children as young as 8 are in detention centers until their 21st birthday, some are then sent on to an adult prison to finish out their sentence handed down by the judge in their case. WITHOUT any vocational  or educational skills upon release, they will be just as dependent upon release, as they were when they were first detained.  Indeed this leads to a road to nowhere.

Monday, March 9, 2015

UN SLAMS U.S. AS ONLY NATION TO SENTENCE KIDS TO LWOP

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/3/9/un-expert-slams-us-as-only-nation-to-sentence-kids-to-life-without-parole.html

“To deny the possibility of release is to deny the human capacity to change and is utterly incompatible with the basic principles of juvenile justice.”
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Please read FULL article and share with others in your world.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

CRADLE TO JAIL-A "MUST" VIEW

http://www.hulu.com/cradle-to-jail

EXCERPT....... 
"From the confines of America's juvenile detention facilities to the razor wire of juvenile prison to the heart pounding juvenile courtroom hearings where everything is on the line, Cradle To Jail explores where juvenile crime begins, how it evolves, and what's at stake for kids, families and professionals in the system."



Friday, March 6, 2015

JUVENILES CHANGE-THEY DESERVE BOLDER REFORMS

http://jjie.org/op-ed-juveniles-change-they-deserve-bolder-reforms/#

A very "informative" article, urge all readers to please read FULL article, share with others  in your world.

Children "do" deserve a "chance", to become "productive" members of society, NOT throw away to die in prison, for "mistakes" made as a child. Many in prison today, did NOT murder, rape or rob anyone, or cause "harm" to anyone, unfortunately were with the "wrong" people, at the "wrong" time and place. Children are easily influenced by others, often leading them down the "wrong" path. Many seeking love and attention, coming from a very dyfunctional home setting. Far too many in prison have been abandoned by officials, family and friends, feeling doomed with NO hope. These actions must be dealth with, and treat children as they really ARE, a child, NOT an "adult", IMO
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My personal thanks to the author, posted for public awareness & in the interest of "justice", copyrights acknowledged, NO infringement intended.

Monday, February 23, 2015

MOLLY DRUG-MDMA-WARNING-PUBLIC AWARENESS

http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/mdma-ecstasy-or-molly

A must read, get educated of the side affects, adverse reactions, contraindications.
PLEASE share info with others, for public awareness.

Friday, January 23, 2015

ULTIMATE "INJUSTICE" OF A 15 YR OLD-FINALLY EXONERATED

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/crime/fl-anthony-caravella-dna-7-million-20150122-story.html

EXCERPT...Please read and share FULL article

"Two former Miramar police officers who framed a mentally challenged 15-year-old boy for the rape and murder of a woman must pay him $7 million for the nearly 26 years he spent in prison, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday."

"The jurors found that both men "while acting under color of state law as a member of the City of Miramar Police Department" acted with malice or reckless indifference to Caravella, who had an IQ of 67. The two officers violated his constitutional rights against malicious prosecution, coerced him into confessing and withheld evidence that could have cleared him soon after his arrest in 1983, jurors found."
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This case could have been any child, could have been YOUR child,  get educated and involved, teach your child their miranda/legal rights.
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Posted for public awareness and in the interest of "justice"

Thursday, January 22, 2015

NEW CAMPAIGN SEEKS TO SHARPLY REDUCE YOUTH INCARCERATION

http://jjie.org/new-campaign-seeks-to-sharply-reduce-youth-incarceration/

EXCERPT, please read and share FULL article

"Ryan also pointed to recent research showing adolescents’ brains are not fully developed and showing youths are more susceptible than adults to peer pressure, more impulsive, more likely to take risks, less likely to consider long-term consequences — and thus less culpable. But the research also shows youths are amenable to rehabilitation......."
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Seeking out better ways to help guide youth in becoming productive member of society.
We all make mistakes in our lives, the children should NOT have to pay for their "mistakes" with their very "lives"
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Posted for public awareness

Monday, January 12, 2015

Chief Judge Teske-Emotional Baggage Drags Down Many Poor Children

http://jjie.org/op-ed-emotional-baggage-drags-down-many-poor-children/

An excellent, most informative article

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

"A child can’t be responsive to a teacher’s instruction with a head full of anxiety, stress, fear and pain. In their desire to survive, they fight, freeze or take flight — the “dumbed-down” description of trauma symptoms.
Yet many still label them “bad seeds” and respond with punishments. They treat the symptom, but never the cause........."
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My personal thanks to Judge Teske and the Juvenile Justice Exchange for this very important article

Friday, January 9, 2015

2015’s Top 10 Legislative Issues to Watch

http://www.governing.com/topics/politics/gov-issues-to-watch-2015.html

A variety of subjects noted in this article, but PLEASE NOTE, information on the "corrections" issues and juveniles, PLEASE SHARE.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

SARA KRUZAN, child/LWOP, FREE, TELLS HER STORY

http://jjie.org/freed-after-19-years-in-prison-for-killing-her-pimp-woman-tells-story/108186/

A MUST VIEW THIS VIDEO/article, and PLEASE SHARE

The long road home for SARA was cruel/harsh punishment for a "child"

This could have been anyone's "child".

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Prosecuting preteens as adults defies logic

http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2015/1/juvenile-justiceuscourtschildrencriminalprosecution.html

An excellent, very informative article, please read and share with others.

YOUR child could be one of these...... "Children" DO deserve a "chance" to become a productive member of society.
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Posted for public awareness, copyrights acknowledged, NO infringment intended

Juvenile injustice: The ruling on mandatory life should be retroactive

http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2015/01/07/Juvenile-injustice-The-ruling-on-mandatory-life-should-be-retroactive/stories/201501090001

Excerpt.....PLEASE read FULL article.......Children DO deserve a "chance"

"Juveniles are far more impulsive than adults — as every parent knows — and less equipped to grasp the consequences of their actions. Moreover, no judge or jury can predict what a 15-year-old convicted of murder will become at the age of 35, 45 or 55......."
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Justice must be tempered with "compassion and mercy"
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Posted for public awareness, copyrights acknowledged, NO infringement intended.