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.
A common practice of shackling defendants in juvenile courtrooms has recently drawn the ire of lawyers who think the practice is psychologically damaging and needs to end, and ultimately shows how juveniles are not always afforded the same rights as adults in court.
Inmates and animals get second chance at Louisiana prisonWWLLike Buford, the 140-pound mastiff who waits for his friend, inmate James Ziegler. “A police officer brought him in. He had a cable with a ratchet strap around his neck,” Ziegler said.
Christy Phillips CDC# W-94100 is unjustly convicted and currrently housed at Central California Women Facility. Christy was convicted in 2002 of an elderly woman's murder that occurred in 2000,based on a coerced confession, and despite the lack of physical or forensic evidence and expert testimony of Christy"s multiple mental disabiblities, her age and the outrageous police misconduct against Christy during her confinement in the Rialto Police station and interrogation. Barely 15 years old Christy was taken by Rialto Police, held overnight against her will denied her constitutional right to remain silent and to have a parent present during her interrogation. The Rialto Police officers used intimidation and isolation as part of there tactic to manipulate and pressure Christy into making a confession to a crime she originally reported. Due to Christy's youth, mental disabilities the lack of experience with the criminal justice system, Christy was an easy victim of police manipulation. Christy's trial judge Gus Skorpos admitted Rialto Police Department violated Christy's rights under Welfare and Institution Codes 637(a). The Rialto Police Department also violated Christy's rights under the fifth amendment right to remain silent. Christy's sentence of life in prison is a direct violation of international law under article 37(a) and (article 6) the right tolife,survival and development (article 3) and (article 25) (article 40(1) of CRC) UNITED NATIONS, convention on the rights of the child, Forty-Fourth Sessions, Geneva 15 January-2 February-2007. Christy did not receive adequate representation at her trial. During a motion to supress the illegally obtained confession expert testimony was given by a clinical and forensic pyschologist testified about false confessions for the defense, but was forbidden by Christy's public defender to explain the extent of Christy's mental illnesses and her history of abuse to the jury...the role they played in Christy's coerced confession to Rialto Police. A full understanding of Christy's mental condition during her interrogation and confinement at the Rialto Police Department was crucial information that jury and judge needed to hear in order to make an informed decision, the trial judge erroneously determined that Christy fully understood her Miranda Rights, that the confession was legally obtained despite testimony from Christy herself that she did not understand what was happening. That she did not want to be interrogated and has asked for her mother all through the night while being confined in the "lounge area" at the Rialto Police Department. There was NO JUSTICE for Christy! Despite this outrageous injustice, Ms. Phillips who is now 26 years old has been rehabilitating herself by participating in groups, classes and workshops such as: Alternatives to Violence Project, CCCMS mental health delivery system, Child Abuse, Juvenile Offender Committee, Vocational Training and Church activities. Christy has completed bible school, and helps elderly and the disabled in her housing unit. Christy also studies law currently and wishes to help children upon her release. Allow Ms. Phillips day in court to present the overwhelming evidence of her innocence A.G. Kamala D. Harris. Thank youLetters of support: Christy Phillips W-94100 C.C.W.F. P.O.BOX 1508 505-3-4up Chowchilla, Ca.93610
Riverside County has a new policy that will require inmates to pay for their incarceration. The new policy will start in January, just at the right time to make all the people who get DUIs to pay for their jail time.
Minors need to be considered differently than adults in sentencing due to differences in brain development, emotional maturity and their greater capacity for rehabilitation. As Alison Parker, Deputy Director of the U.S. Program at Human Rights Watch has put it: “Children are different than adults. They need to be punished for serious crimes but the punishment they receive needs to acknowledge their capacity for rehabilitation and life without parole does not do that."
A juvenile defendant also presents a series of challenges for the defense lawyer, one of the most important being the potential conflict of interest between the parent and the juvenile defendant. To avoid potential complications, at the start of the initial interview the defense lawyer should make clear that he represents the child and that in the event of a disagreement between the parent and the child, the lawyer must act on behalf of the child, not the parent. The defense lawyer must also consider whether or not the parent should remain in the room for the initial interview. To preserve the attorney-client privilege, the defense lawyer may want to conduct the initial interview of a juvenile defendant without the defendant's parent present. Yet, other considerations such as the juvenile's age, mental condition, and stated preference may favor the parent's presence at the interview, despite the potential compromise of privilege. The defense counsel should be sensitive to the unique needs of the child defendant, who may be even more nervous and anxious at an initial client interview than his adult counterpart. Juvenile defendants may require more follow up questions and additional explanation of the process. The defense lawyer should make sure the juvenile defendant understands everything discussed in the initial client interview and should conclude the interview with an opportunity for the juvenile to ask questions.
Plaintiff appeals as of right from the trial court’s order granting summary disposition for defendants, former mayor and convicted felon Kwame Kilpatrick and the City of Detroit, in plaintiff’s action under the Whistleblower’s Protection Act (WPA), MCL 15.361 et seq. We reverse, finding that plaintiff was engaged in a “protected activity” under the WPA when he reported that an individual living in Kentucky who was under investigation for criminal wrongdoing in Detroit bragged that he had a personal and professional relationship with the mayor.
THE TEENAGER CHARGED with murdering two Irish women who were holidaying in his home country of Turkey last summer is to appear in court next month to determine if he should be tried as a juvenile or adult, BBC reports today.
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ATLANTA - Lawmakers are poised to consider substantial changes to the state's criminal justice system that could reshape the way Georgia courts are run, overhaul the state's expensive prison system and even transform the way offenders are sentenced.
C onsider these three facts: We in the United States make up 5 percent of the world’s population. We consume 66 percent of the world’s illegal drugs. We incarcerate 25 percent of the world’s prisoners.
It is no coincidence that of the 2.3 million inmates in American prisons, 1.5 million—or 65 percent—meet the standard medical criteria for drug and alcohol addiction and abuse. Another 20 percent of inmates, who do not meet those criteria, nevertheless were either under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of their offense, stole money to buy drugs, abused drugs, violated the alcohol or drug laws or share some combination of these characteristics.
Yet only 11 percent of the 1.5 million inmates with substance abuse problems receive any treatment while incarcerated. And the treatment they receive routinely fails to meet even minimum professional standards, much less approach that of high-end centers like the Betty Ford Center and Hazelden’s Center for Youth and Families. As a result, most inmates who have undergone treatment end up back in prison months or even weeks after their release.
The problem is growing. The prison population is rising at a faster pace than that of the general population, and the number of inmates with drug and alcohol problems is climbing even faster. Between 1996 and 2006, the U.S. population rose by 12 percent, but the number of adults incarcerated rose by 33 percent and the number of inmates with drug and alcohol abuse and addiction problems jumped by 43 percent.
In California's Juvenile Justice System, prison staff can "add time" or delay a youth's parole consideration for up to a year without due process. These "time adds" are a major reason why California's youth serve the longest sentences in the nation and they are costing California Millions of dollars.
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