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Juvenile Injustice

This was sent to me by a friend that does advocacy work in California.Those that live in California please take special note:

I do writs for children doing life without parole as a volunteer. In the last five years, I have only had ONE case cross my desk that involved a child NOT on mind altering prescription medications. There are 2,500 children doing life without parole in this country, even though neuroscience now proves that children do NOT possess the judgment of adults. This is just an fyi as you do not live in Ca.....but I guarantee you, you have plenty of kids in your state who are serving 25 years or life without parole in ADULT prisons (rather than juvenile facilities).....a long slow death sentence in disguise.

Some facts you may not know:

1. Nearly 50% of all children (convicted between 12 and 17) who received life without parole had NEVER before committed any crime;

2. The US has the largest percentage of CHILDREN doing time in ADULT, not juvenile, facilities in the world;

3. Of those children who were convicted of murder, very few actually COMMITTED THE MURDER (and shockingly, those children were primarily in the company of ADULTS who did the actual killing AND who usually receive LIGHTER sentences than the children do);

4. When children are in prison under a life-without-parole sentence, most rehabilitation and educational programs are denied to them;

5. Our children who are impoverished, or suffer from disability, or who are on "medications," or who have been abandoned by parents and/or community are shockingly more likely to receive a draconian sentence: that said: one bad judgment call could land your child or grandchild in an adult prison for the rest of their life.

The Supreme Court has just ordered California to cut back on its prison population. I would think putting juvenile offenders in juvenile facilities, rather than adult penatentiaries, might be a sound starting point (even before releasing non-violent adult offenders).

It makes me sick to think that we believe ANY child should be held to adult standards, and if found "criminally responsible" by those standards, should ever be considered beyond redemption or rehabilitation. To me, this is a moral outrage.

Thank you for your time and attention and kind consideration. Please call your senator, or click on the site link to sign a form letter. We all need to be our brother's keeper in the face of such injustice and inhumanity.

why do adults who do actual killing tend to receive lighter sentences than children in their company at the time?, the2 key reasons are actually sadly obvious:

1) the adult killers tend to already have a criminal record, and understand how to navigate the criminal justice system; (have been to criminal u as you so aptly called it)

and

2) the children do not protect their own rights, and instead try to cooperate with and please authority figures (sadly improperly or falsely confessing in large numbers)

I have one gal, who at 14, after giving birth to her first child, was taken across state lines by 2 adult ex felons. Her mother reported her as missing. The three of them robbed a convenience store across state lines, and one of the adults, shot and killed the two store employees (the girl was NOT in the store at the time).

The two ex felons both testified that the 14 year old was the "mastermind" and they both made it to trial before she did (as her original public defender was arrested on, and prosecuted for, cocaine possession while the girl was awaitng her trial).

Her first incompetent (and possibly drug addled) public defender, allowed the girl to be interviewed by police and to make and sign statements against self-interest, AFTER the child was threatened with the death penalty.

It was the single most horrifying and distressing case I had ever examined when I first got involved. Sadly, now it just seems the norm.

Dear Supporter of Fair Sentencing for Youth:

Next week SB 9, the Fair Sentencing for Youth Act, will be voted on by the California Senate. If it passes, youth sentenced to life in prison without parole will be one step closer to having their cases reviewed and the possibility of being paroled some day.

This is one of those rare situations in which one minute can really make a difference. In the last year, I've seen how powerful a single call can be. Senators need to hear from those who believe young people deserve second chances. Your call today will help this bill pass.

www.twitter.com/fairsentencing

Elizabeth Calvin on behalf of the Fair Sentencing for Youth Coalition

Senior Advocate, Children's Rights Division

Human Rights Watch

Tel 310.477.5540

www.FAIRSENTENCINGFORYOUTH.org

www.HRW.org



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this deserves more attention.

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The system is creating a child where the template for normal brain development is none existant.

Is California running an "open-air" prison in the "tent" camps of 12,000 immigrants in central California creating a "North Korea type" love child for weaponization?
Half of all american kids qualify disturbed under guidelines.

We need a well educated population that shares in the weath to create a stable society not dependant on war. We have a President that is waging war upon the world by decree ... "you are all terrorist!"

Thanks for posting a very, very important matter, our youth.

And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

Thank you for the link

I am going to study it some more,Our youth is what it is all about.Thank you.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

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Thanks for posting.

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thank you for making . . .

*us*/*me* aware of this travesty.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Thank you for finding the time to look at this.

It is important to me because I have a nephew that was tried as an adult.He was lucky it was not a life sentence.Medications,Peer pressure and Normal teen hormonal imbalances were the cause of his misdirection.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

that is so very hard . . .

I hope you are able to have some communication with him.

We (spouse and I) recently became part of the community of people in the world who have had a close, long-time friend who recently went to prison.

In our case, this young man is 10 years older than our oldest child (who is in *his* late 20s)--

our friend, someone we knew from his infancy, was a college graduate with a very successful career . . . and was married to a wonderful woman.

He did something 'stupid', but even his wife admits that the medications he was on might have affected him.

Not a juvenile, but this person was productive in his life and was a trusted person.

The medications "went haywire", his wife told us. We knew that he had some mental and emotional problems, and, as I said, he did something stupid.

BUT, he was sent to prison based upon perjury. His wife and father in law are fighting; they are trying everything. A prosecuting attorney broke all sorts of rules and merely had his hand slapped by the judge; the judge refused to listen to the appeal; they are now trying something else.

This person did nothing 'dangerous'; it was truly a miscarriage of justice.

A very intelligent, very hard-working, responsible, thoughtful person who loved his wife dearly is now 'wasting' away behind bars--

having done nothing violent and having not done what he was sent to prison for doing--

this has been a very eye-opening experience. We are in steady communication with him, as he is an intelligent and good writer, and it's heart-breaking; it's very hard not to become extremely indignant at the things he has experienced, the things he sees, the things he now knows about the prison system.

It's a jungle; it's a horror; there is nothing 'legal' or 'right' about it--

we just wait, hoping he can hang on; he is quite discouraged. He does have two living parents (we were never his foster parents, just close friends), but they are not very engaged in his life and aren't 'there' for him right now--

he's got an amazing wife, and we stay in close contact with her, but this 'inside view' has been a real awakening for us.

I can't even imagine how *I* would feel if this were a family member (those this young man is close to us) and were underage--

:(

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Thank you 1988

I agree,it is very hard when you know it would not have happened otherwise.Medications should really be taken into consideration during a trial.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Could you please spare a minute?

Related to Big Pharma and our current Justice system.I respectfully request if you could find a minute to give this a look?
Thanks!

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.