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.
Reynolds Wintersmith is the only juvenile, first-time offender in the United States who is serving a mandatory federal life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense. He has been in federal prison since 1994. Wintersmith's crime was not a murder, rape, robbery or any other crime of violence. Rather, his crime was that he joined a drug conspiracy in Rockford Illinois area when he was 17 years old. Shockingly, Wintersmith was a teen, first-time offender with zero criminal recored when he stood before the federal judge who sentenced him to die in prison.
Antonio Andrews was a 15 year old, ordinary boy growing up in a bad neighborhood in Saint Louis, Missouri. In 2007, he was convicted of first degree murder and armed criminal action for killing a police officer who was patrolling alone. In the state of Missouri, people convicted of first degree murder are to be executed or sentenced to mandatory life in prison. This is not fair for Antonio Andrews. Being convicted for first degree murder is planning a murder. This young 15 year old boy had no intention of killing the officer, but was fed up of being followed and harrassed by a cop he knows. Norvelle Brown (the cop) was 22 years old and had been following and question Andrews'. Brown, had no probable cause to stop Andrews' on the street. Andrews' had a gun but not intending to hurt anyone, but for protection.
I am a mother of two terrific young boys (and two girls not with me ). They are smart, talented, and I love them more than anything. When I was a child, I was molested, abused, and tortured, in my adopted home growing up in a small town in Michigan for many years, (7-16). My adopted mother would abuse and torture me. My adopted father was a police officer,
Candice F. Lewis convicted of 25 years to life for a murder she herself did not commit! Candice F. Lewis who was a 16 year old pregnant African American teenager at the time of arrest in 2007 was convicted of murder and given 25 years to life in prison. Candice was convicted for the death of a 62 year old white male sexual predator.
When children go to prison, no one wins. Research shows that prosecuting youth charged with minor crimes in the adult criminal justice system wastes young lives, fosters crime, does not increase public safety, and costs society more in the long run. Youth charged with minor crimes should be handled in the juvenile justice system.
The second of two Dunbar Village rape defendants originally sentenced to life in prison received a 60-year sentence instead today, the second teen in the attack resentenced in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling on Florida's juvenile offenders.
Christopher Terrance Middleton was 14 when he committed several serious crimes in the course of one event in 1997, including kidnapping, aggravated assault, armed robbery and theft by taking. He was sentenced to serve a total of 30 years without the possibility of parole.
According to his attorney, McNeil Stokes, Christopher had agreed to plead guilty to a 20-year sentence, but during the sentencing phase the victim testified she would be afraid if he got out before he was 45. Both Stokes and Middleton’s mother have written about his case on JJIE. His mother advocates for the repeal of mandatory sentencing laws for juveniles, and Stokes has filed an appeal challenging the constitutionality of such sentences.
At the age of 16 Tommy found himself with several older boys who were into causing all kinds of trouble in and around Nashville. The older boys decided to rob at convenience store at gun point and the clerk sadly was shot and killed. While Tommy was not the one who pulled the trigger, his finger prints were found on the gun. At the age of 16, Tommy found himself facing 20 years for murder. Tommy spent many years in a prison in Nashville, called the Walls. It has since been closed but during it's operation housed some of the most dangerous criminals in TN.
" if their old enough to commit the crime they have to do the time". Where did it say that rape was a punishment for a crime that was done by this individual, and as a nation we need to stop this soon.
On January 13, 2011, A&E launched the “Beyond Scared Straight” program series earning it the highest ratings in the station’s history. With 3.8 million views, Bob DeBitetto, President and General Manager of A&E Network and BIO Channel, says that, "We could not be more proud to have undertaken this groundbreaking series and the audience response is extremely rewarding. Beyond Scared Straight' truly exemplifies our unique brand of highly engaging programming with a focus on excellent storytelling and first-class auspices."
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You frequently hear or read a news report that someone has been charged with multiple crimes and he or she faces significant jail time if convicted. These reports can be misleading since just adding up the maximum penalties for each crime is not the “whole story.”
An 18-year-old Accomack County man who has been in trouble for much of his life will serve two years and one month in prison for his conviction on charges of receiving stolen property and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
“Overall better than usual,” she said, noting the challenges budget cuts posed for lawmakers and state agencies. “We didn’t get all that we wanted passed, but there was a fair amount of discourse with the governor and that’s very helpful. Any session where there’s a lot of fighting over what (funds or programs) has to be cut, you’re going to have a tough time.”
The state capitol bustled with activity on the last day of the 2011 session.
he Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) will begin a criminal investigation into an incident Monday night at the youth detention center in Augusta, Ga., which sent one inmate to the hospital with serious injuries. The Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) requested the GBI look into the incident, according to a statement by the DJJ released today.
“Should there be any evidence of staff or youth misconduct or criminal activity,” the statement said,” DJJ will take appropriate measures, including referrals for criminal prosecution.”