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.
If you listen closely enough during the silences you will hear the drums of Truth's battle cry. You will hear thousands upon thousands of our children's souls screaming "Freedom" from behind cold, retributive and prejudicial prison bars.
You can register for the webinar at www.healingcommunitiesusa.org and click on “Event”. This is a Wednesday night webinar, but we are hoping that area churches will take part in this because we are discussing “Families and Incarceration”.
There are far too many children around the world whom, for reasons not their own, have minds and perspectives that have been invaded by the disease of despair, of anger, of hopelessness and depression. Children without the natural inclination to guide themselves out of the minefields of adolescence, children who if guided properly would of been future doctors and heads of state, but instead have made a series of bad decisions and caused harm to victims, community and themselves, our worlds lost children whom are only lost because of the negligence perpetuated by our worlds adults. [I never cease to be in awe as I gaze into the face of an Innocent child, when God gives them to us as a blank sheet of paper - clean, pure and waiting to be inscribed upon. They trust us, open themselves up to us, and receive whatever we give them, whether it be good or bad ]Do our worlds lost boys and girls not deserve our undivided attention? Do they not deserve a voice speaking in their defense and for the protection of their future? Do they not deserve a second chance?
A mother watches her child playing outside the window of their home. Never would she imagine that her child would be taken away from her, causing her to be forced to watch him through a different type of window. Her young child is now forced to live a life in an atrocious place with terrible people. One childish mistake, a bad choice made by a psychologically disadvantaged youth lands him in a place he does not belong. Adolescents are old enough to know the difference between right and wrong, but too young to have the brain capacity and maturity to make the right choices.
Paul Cortez is an innocent person and the person responsible for this heinous act is walking free. This group is dedicated to breaking down the daunting legal barriers one by one and allowing the real truth to be heard. We believe that with hard work and perseverance, Paul will one day soon be free. We are always for volunteers to join our team and help Paul have his freedom again.
Washington ExaminerHalloween violence in DC leaves 6 injured, including juvenile shot in GeorgetownWashington PostWASHINGTON — Six people were wounded in five separate city shootings on Halloween night, an outbreak of violence that Mayor Vincent Gray...
In one of my most significant dreams, I shed my human Characteristics, I take the form of a light, a bright mobile soaring light, that is, I take the form of my soul...unadulterated. [I am hovering in what must be a part of space, for the darkness is absolute, and I am instinctively and patiently waiting, for what? I am unsure. Then instantly lights resembling my own start to appear, thousands and thousands at first but by the time they stop coming there is no question that hundreds of millions of lights are before me, hundreds of millions of souls are before me as if we are in an infinite stadium in the sky, enclosed by four walls of darkness, it looks as if I am on a podium in front of millions of stars. Their eagerness to hear me speak to them is unmistakable! It becomes beautifully apparent that I am about to articulate my souls essence to the souls of the worlds' adult population. So through the utilisation of thought I speak to them, I speak to them about our most precious possessions, our worlds' most significant and vital resource, I speak to them about the only vehicle that can be used to navigate the course which leads to world peace, I speak to them about our children, I say to them........]
.......We are in grave danger of Losing the hearts and minds and soul's of our Son's and daughters, to the maleficent appendages of our societies. There exists in Countries world-wide from the poorest to the richest governmental policies and societal influences that are not conducive to our children's' maximal development. For example......, Currently in the United States there are two systems for processing Individuals who commit crimes: The criminal Justice system for adults and the Juvenile Justice System for children, not long ago these systems differed significantly in virtually all respects, including their principles, procedures and dispositions. While punishment for adults was premised on retribution and deterrence, Children were generally subject to diversion or short term legal restraint which in theory emphasised rehabilitation. However between the 1960's and present day, the Juvenile system's philosophy and structure has come to closely imitate the Adult system. Legislatures have narrowed Juvenile Court Jurisdiction, nudged what is left of that Jurisdiction towards a punishment orientation that often downplays treatment and Indeed imposes adult criminal procedures and determinate sentences. Children are being transferred to Adult systems far too early and far too often, something that must be reserved for the truly unnameable to treatment, which is a very narrow category for people. For children are less responsible for their actions because of cognitive and volitional developmental deficiencies and thus should receive special treatment. I mean, the moral and decision making capacities of children between seven and eighteen are inferior, and this inferiority should, must be recognised through treatment in a separate system. Children as a class are not psychologically developed in legally relevant ways, and since it is worldly and humanly possible to reconstruct these Governmental policies that advocate discarding its children into garbage receptacle called adult prisons, we must dutifully make that our goal. [The light that is my soul glides from before them, I glide amongst them for I desire to see how it feels to be so close to so many souls, but more importantly I want all these souls' to feel the intensity of my light, my energy. When I am intimately amongst them I acknowledge that there are no skin colours, no religions, no cultures, no social classes to separate us. There's a deep natural feeling of unification within the energy that connects every soul in attendance. I continue........] ........... Since it is humanly, worldly possible to eradicate the feeling of hunger from within the belly of every starving child, to render the famine obsolete, we must dutifully make this our goal, Since it is humanly, worldly possible to eradicate the Juvenile delinquency problem all over the world by focusing on the problem, making it a high priority and relentlessly pursuing the answers, we must dutifully make this our goal. Since it is humanly, worldly possible to utilise pro-action in each and every one of our communities in the form of being mentors, sports coaches and referee's, fighting against the detrimental laws and policies, donating to reputable and effective organisations, we must dutifully make that our goal. [I soar through the millions of souls until I am hovering directly in the middle of them all, their attention following me intently, then i say with earnest conviction......] Our every goal is possible to achieve only if we recognise, accept and embrace our natural occupations as Ambassadors, as Diplomatic Officers with the highest rank appointed and accredited as representatives of every child on the face of our earth, Advocating the proliferation of world-wide systems being implemented in Countries everywhere that is designed to ensure our Kids reach there maximal development, for that is the only way that future generations have a chance to experience world peace. As you were reading this article your physical body was seated stationary in front of your computer, but your soul was with me soaring around that infinite stadium. Goodbye until the next time I summon your Soul!...
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.....
"The United States has less than 5 percent of the world's population. But it has almost a quarter of the world's prisoners." That was the beginning of a New York Times story on April 23, which then said: "The United States has, for instance, 2.3 million criminals behind bars, more than any other nation, according to data maintained by the International Center for Prison Studies at King's College London. China, which is four times more populous than the United States, is a distant second, with 1.6 million pople in prison."
There is another way of measuring the U.S. prison population. The International Center for Prison Studies at King's College in London reports that the U.S. has 751 people in prison or jail for every 100,000 peope in the population. Who's second? Russia, with 627 prisoners for every 100,000 people. England's rate is 151, Germany's is 88, and Japan's is 63.
Dante Cottingham had been selected as the class speaker to offer a longer reflection on his experience in the program. He is in for the fatal shooting of a man during an argument in Racine in 1995. He talked about the paintings that exist on what he called the canvases of each person's mind.
Each person, he said, still has blank canvases where there is always another chance for expression. Of the restorative justice program, he said, "Together we began painting a rich portrait, a masterpiece in our mind."
His use of the word "rich" was not random. It is the acronym the men in green (that refers to their prison garb) use to describe what they learn in this program - respect, information, connection and hope.
Barbara McKinney of the Madison-area Urban Ministry's Circles of Support program for prisoners as they re-enter society picked up on that theme as she talked to the men on what would have been the 43rd birthday of her son, TV newscaster Mike McKinney, who died of cancer in 2006.
There's a population of prisoners within the United States prison apparatus that were waived from the Juvenile court system into an adult system and given lengthy prison sentences. These men have been incarcerated for the past 10-15yrs, and for alot of them they have another 10-15yrs to complete before they are even eligable for parole. This specific population of prisoners have successfully transformed from lost boys to found men despite the prison enviroment's relentless promotion of malfeasance. Just as you and every other mature adult has, these men have shed their adolescent skin, nature/time has freed them from their myopic cages, that was, their adolescent brains, leaving no resemblance of the child that came through the prison gates 10-15yrs ago. These men are, fundamentally speaking, completely different people, just as you are fundamentally different today than you were in high school.
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