“About ten thousands offender serve in US prisons life term because of offences that they committed as teenagers; about one quarter of them without any chance to be released: life without parole.” Read this European view of juvenile justice in America.
Thu, 22 Mar 2007
harmful to kids?
An estimated 200,000 juveniles a year are charged as adults across the country, and Florida is one of the states leading the charge, said a report released Wednesday.
The one time in which our legal system treats children like adults is when their lives are at stake.
Here are the facts I cannot get around: Number of prisoners currently serving life without parole for juvenile crimes in the United States: 2,225 Number of prisoners currently serving life without parole for juvenile crimes in the entire rest of the world: 12
Mon, 11 Oct 2004 19:48:54 Subject: Feedback to justice4kids.org
"i wish george bush can make a new law that says that no child can be just be thrown in jail without the possibility of parole " im always praying for rebbeca falcon , michael hernandez ,and all of you please forgive me if i didnt say your name <3 jazz god bless you all!!!!
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06/04/04 Plea asks new hearing for Adam Bollenback
Please let your viewers know that Adam Bollenback is being reconsidered for a new hearing on June 30 in Citrus County. Maybe a letter writing campaign or a personal letter from you to this website will bring in a lot of support. The judge is going to hear about his mental illness and a plea offer Adam never knew about being only 16 at the time.
When it comes to the most serious of crimes committed by juveniles, we fail to acknowledge their lessened culpability and inflict the severest of punishments. Adolescents are not adults. They lack full capacity to reason, control impulses and understand consequences. They do not handle social pressures and other stresses like adults do and therefore, are less culpable than adults who commit crimes. Scientific studies demonstrate their lessened responsibility. We previously believed that the brain was fully developed by age 14, but recent studies have revealed that it continues to mature until the early 20s.
We also know that the frontal lobe, which controls the brain's most complex functions -- particularly reasoning -- undergoes more change during adolescence than at any other time. It is the last part of the brain to develop.
Despite a tentative endorsement from Gov. Jeb Bush, a proposal to allow some juveniles serving life sentences a chance at parole after eight years is dead.
Judge juveniles case by case
...in Miami-Dade, prosecutors are strong-arming children into waiving their rights to release [from detention after 21 days] by threatening to charge them as adults if they don't agree. Miami Republican Rep. J.C. Planas, a former Miami-Dade prosecutor, wants this practice to stop. He says some children have been jailed for up to six months due to this waiver abuse in facilities that provide no treatment or counseling programs. But Planas is backing off introducing legislation banning it because Miami-Dade prosecutors told him they would charge more minors as adults if they lose access to the waivers. This is a remarkable abuse of power. The decision to put a child into the adult criminal justice system should be based solely on the merits of case. It should not, under any circumstances, be used as a bargaining chip to coerce minors into signing away their rights. Nor should it be used as a veiled threat to persuade a state lawmaker to change course.
Children charged as adults and sentenced to life in prison would have a chance at parole under a proposal inspired by the Lionel Tate case
"It would be a good first step in changing the criminal justice system in dealing more appropriately with juveniles who commit crimes,'' [Prosecutor Ken] Padowitz said.
In Miami-Dade County, juvenile offenders face an unfair choice: Give up the right to be held in juvenile detention for the maximum limit of 21 days, or be charged as an adult, even if the offense otherwise wouldn't warrant it. This is a lousy choice that no young offender should have to make.
Prosecutors say the waiver is the only way to balance the rights of juveniles with community safety. But criminal-justice officers can develop a better plan than to rely on what amounts to prosecutorial extortion. Any decision to send juveniles to adult court should be based on the facts of the case, not on forfeiting lawful protections.
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Alex and Derek King...at the request of family we have removed references to the King brothers. At this point, privacy is important to their rehabilitation.
Andy Williams...Sentencing even the worst of our children to long term adult prison sentences is highly unethical and cruel with total disregard to humanity. Their minds and emotions are still forming and shouldn't be treated as a fully developed human being. Andy Williams is one such boy who needs your voice! Click here to learn more and read and sign the petition.