Since the early 1990's the Juvenile Justice Laws in the US has increasingly become more and nore harsh, retributive and irresponsible. It progressively became more common for Juveniles to suffer incarceration as punishment and far more easier for juveniles to be transferred to the Adult Criminal Justice System, where they will be held to an Adult Intellectual Standard, recieve adult penalties and be incarcerated in adult prisons.
This week Ruby's family received the devastating news that Ruby's cancer has returned and the only course of treatment to save her young life is to return to America for Proton Therapy.
Over 18months ago Ruby Owen from Stoke-on-Trent underwent Proton Treatment Therapy in the United States to try and remove an aggressive form of cancer on her brain.
The treatment was a success and Ruby survived, returning home to her family in the UK in August 2010; but this week the Owen family received the news they had feared the most, that the Cancer had returned.
And now, 4-year-old Ruby faces another desperate fight for life after Doctors told the family that treatment in the UK could not save her life.
The only feasible option for Ruby is to return to the United States and undergo another course of Proton Therapy at the Proton Therapy Centre in Indiana.
Mothers against Juvenile Injustice commission - Since the early 1990's the Juvenile Justice Laws in the US has increasingly become more and more harsh, retributive and irresponsible. It progressively became more common for Juveniles to suffer incarceration as punishment and far more easier for juveniles to be transferred to the Adult Criminal Justice System, where they will be held to an Adult Intellectual Standard, receive adult penalties and be incarcerated in adult prisons.
Advocates for Abandoned Adolescents (A.A.A.) is a non-profit organization that's against trying/sentencing/incarcerating children in the Adult Criminal Justice System. One of our main priorities is to generate awareness, we are currently in the process of realizing the success of our Truth about Youth Campaign and we created our Mothers Against Juvenile Injustices Commission ,M.A.J.I.C. to assist us in that endeavor and to give the mothers of America's Incarcerated children a platform to tell their stories, to be a voice to advocate for Juvenile Justice reform and to unite against irresponsible Juvenile Justice Laws.
Since there are over one hundred thousand children under age 18 being held in Juvenile and Adult Correctional Facilities in the US on any given day there are also over one hundred thousand mothers on any given day suffering from the pain of being separated from their children.
M.A.J.I.C is dedicated to giving those mothers a home, a platform, a voice and to introduce them to ways in which they can contribute to the enactment of responsible Juvenile Justice reform. Throughout the course of history women have played vital roles in progressively reforming society, alot of roles in which today can be embraced, effective and successful through a powerful form of M.A.J.I.C.
With M.A.J.I.C we will generate the success of our Truth about Youth Campaign of which invites the over one hundred thousand mothers to tell the stories of their incarcerated child, empower others to give an account of their experiences and enlightening others with the perspective and recommendations for change, all of which will be used to communicate to policy makers and to tell the public the truth about what happens to our youth when they are incarcerated.
With M.A.J.I.C we will bring National Awareness to the irresponsible Juvenile Justice Laws and policies, for most people across the Country are simply unaware of the irresponsible nature of each States approach to Juvenile Justice.
With M.A.J.I.C we will bring some much needed relief to and focus on every child in Adult Prisons across the Country by supporting Incarceration Intervention Programs.
With M.A.J.I.C we will introduce and support the passage of legislation that responsibly adjudicates Juveniles.
With M.A.J.I.C. the hieghts of our success is limitless, through M.A.J.I.C. we will tap into the power that exists within our unity to move our Country away from harsh and ineffective approaches to Juvenile Justice, to a day where rehabilitaion, education and treatment are the primary objectives.
A.A.A. 's M.A.J.I.C is in dire need of your help and support, we ask that you got to the website, sign up to become a valued member of our Majical Organisation today.
Bartow, Fla. -- Adult criminals and juveniles all under one roof in Polk County has the NAACP and the ACLU fired-up. "It's a very frightening idea, and if we're frightened- imagine how these children feel!" ACLU attorney Julie Ebenstein told us. Polk County moved its juveniles out of the state juvenile detention facility and, therefore, out of state control on Oct. 1. The Polk Sheriff placed them in a separate area of the county's formerly all-adult jail after a change in state law. "[The bill] was passed in April, very late in the legislative session," Julie Ebenstein noted. "We don't feel like there was sufficient time to comment on or think through the policy implications." However, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd takes issue with that, saying, "Just because there's a common roof over the building doesn't mean we're housing juveniles with adults. That is absurd, and it's illegal. And it's not happening. It's just that simple." Sheriff Judd even drew a map of the facility for 10 News to show just how separated juveniles are from any adults. He also pointed out the much better condition of his county jail compared to the older, dirtier state juvenile justice facility just down the street. Still, the ACLU & NAACP don't like the idea at all.
Tuesday, Chief Judge of the State of New York Jonathan Lippman presented several proposals to the state Legislature during his annual State of the Judiciary address, including the creation of a new juvenile court to handle cases involving 16-and17-year-olds tried for nonviolent offenses.
Currently, New York is one of only two states in the nation, along with North Carolina, that automatically tries 16-and 17-year-old offenders as adult
My name is Christy Clinton Phillips I am 26 year old woman who is serving a 26 years to life sentence for an offense that occured shortly after my 15th birthday in July of 2000. Up until that time, my entire childhood was filled with reoccurring physical, emotional, sexual and psychological abuse, at the hands of others. I was made to believe that I was to blame, by the individuals who inflicted the abuse. By the time I was 14 years old I met a girl who was into smoking cigarettes hanging out late at night with men. What I most admired about her was her boldness she wasn't afraid of nobody. At that time in my life, I was sick of being a victim and wished I had the courage to stand up to the people who hurt me. I became best friends with this girl and began picking up the destructive actions she had. I found myself engaging in behaviors with this girl that I was uncomfortable with and did not like. I was convinced that if I wanted to become "tough" and fight back against my abusers, I had to get use to engaging in those behaviors until I became desensitized, to them.
It was the day before Dakotah Eliason’s sixteenth birthday, and as he spent the evening talking to his father, there was no discussion of how the big day would be celebrated. Dakotah was in prison, and he was speaking to Mr. Eliason through an intercom and a pane of glass. Both of them knew that Dakotah would spend this birthday, and many more, behind the walls, fences and barbed wire that held him inside the Thumb Correctional Facility.
KRON, Ohio - The Ohio teen facing multiple felony charges in two counties in the Craigslist shootings case has been scheduled for a three-day juvenile court hearing this spring to determine whether he will be tried as an adult in one of the counties, court officials said Thursday.
I find it odd and grandly contradictory that our level of sophistication has reached such an advanced stage that we can create the technology that sends man to the moon, yet we haven't created a system that responsibly adjudicates our troubled children.
A system that seeks to rehabilitate and progressively mould their mids instead of using the most vulnerable sector of the population as political ponds. It's time we take heed to the cutting edge science and use it within the construction of a system that is dedicated to helping children reach their maximal development, use it to construct a legal foundation that outlaws the waiver of children into the Adult Judicial System and making it a requirement for Judges to consider age (of Juveniles) at sentencing.
I was a Juvenile defendant, as a teenager I received a Life sentence, and to date, I have been Incarcerated fourteen years and five months, however hindsight informs me that under the proper circumstances, the proper system my mind could of been fundamentally led away from providing the United States with the Opportunity to exploit my cognitive and Volitional developmental tendencies, my childlike disposition. So I am intimately positive, despite the debate, that virtually all children will respond most effectively to rehabilitative efforts as opposed to retributive. I thank you for your time and attention.....
Amongst the devestation of losing a child to the Adult Criminal Justice System comes the avalanche of questions, how will they cope? what will they see? who will they be surrounded by? How do I keep them strong and uplifted? and many more, as a Juvenile defendant myself I walked through the doors of the Adult prison Syatem almost 16yrs ago, I am giving to you an oppertunity I wish myself and my family had been offered, the chance to correspond and understand the immediate issues a child faces, coping skills etc. If you have questions then send them to me, and together we will create a map in a world that is unchartered territory for Children, Available is a Package filled with information most beneficial to all Juveniles enetering the Criminal Justice system, if you would like a package please contact myself directly.
Dante D. Cottingham #259241 New Lisbon Correctional Institute P.O. Box 4000 New Lisbon Wisconsin 53950
Sitting behind her strikingly barren desk, with the bright, mid-winter sunlight breaking through the trees and streaming through her office windows, Martha Grace Duncan, a professor at the Emory University School of Law, in Atlanta recounts the case of nine-year-old Cameron Kocher. As she speaks her small, compact frame remains nearly motionless, betraying no emotion. But her eyes tell the story, portraying the internal mix-up of sadness, passion and nerdy intensity that she feels about the topic. Duncan may not wear her heart on her sleeve, but if you pay attention it’s not hard to find.
The US is the only country in the world that pursues life imprisonment without parole against children, even as young as 11. Christi Cheramie of Louisiana was one of these children.
At age 16, Christi Cheramie was sentenced in 1994 to life in prison without parole. Now 33, she has spent more than half of her life in prison. It’s a violation of international law to sentence anyone to life in prison without the possibility of parole who was under the age of 18 at the time of the crime.
Under a plan [PDF] released in January as part of Brown's budget blueprint, the Division of Juvenile Justice would stop accepting new admissions by 2013 and the entire system would shut down in 2014. The Brown administration pledged to hand counties $10 million and allow up to a year to manage the transition.
But there is opposition to the plan. Some youth advocates, judges and district attorneys contend that many counties do not have the resources to manage youths convicted of violent crimes like murder and rape and might be forced to send such offenders to state lockups. What's more, as a result of a 2004 court settlement, California already has spent millions of dollars upgrading its youth prisons and invested heavily in special programming.
West Memphis, 1993: Three 8-year-old boys brutally murdered in small-town Arkansas. Three satanic teenage “punks” to blame it on. When looking for suspects, these teenagers fit the bill – long hair, heavy metal fans, all dressed in black. There was even a confession. The story caught the attention of two HBO filmmakers, who decided to make a documentaryabout the horrible crime that traumatized the community.
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