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Children's Hope and Voice is an all volunteer child advocacy non-profit registered in the Commonwealth of VA, USA with a focus on education, child welfare and juvenile justice issues.

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Washington Post Blog: Stonewall Jackson blocks justice for Michael Brown

Washington Post Blog: Stonewall Jackson blocks justice for Michael Brown | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
“We couldn’t care less” appears to be the motto of Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson and his department.
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Notes from the blog:

..."Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed unarmed African American teenager Michael Brown, didn’t call in the shooting."...

..."Brown’s body was left in the middle of the street for more than four hours. No aid was administered to him. No ambulance was called."...

"Goldie Taylor of MSNBC’s “The Grio” reports that, according to witnesses, Brown’s body was hauled away in a black SUV."...

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Ferguson, MO Teen Killed by Cop | Discussion thread on Care2

Ferguson, MO Teen Killed by Cop | Discussion thread on Care2 | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
Ferguson, MO Teen Killed by Cop. A discussion in Juvenile Justice Advocacy Group hosted by Children's Hope and Voice, Care2 Groups (Children & Youth)
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Timeline: Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo.

Timeline: Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo. | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
A look at how events in Ferguson, Mo., unfolded after Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer on Aug. 9.
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How old is too old to be considered a juvenile? - wreg.com

How old is too old to be considered a juvenile? - wreg.com | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
How old is too old to be considered a juvenile?
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The Department of Justice is recommending raising the minimum age for those who can be tried as adults. Under the proposed plan, those as old as 24 years old could be treated as juveniles.

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PETITION: Justice for 12-year old Cristian Fernandez

PETITION:  Justice for 12-year old Cristian Fernandez | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
To:Rick Scott Governor of Florida, Justice for 12-year old Cristian Fernandez
 
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Rick Scott,...
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To learn more about this case, visit the 'Cristian Fernandez' discussion thread at:

 

http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=30215&pst=1495420

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A Teenager's Guide to Juvenile Court,

A Teenager's Guide to Juvenile Court, | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
In his new eBook, A Teenager's Guide to Juvenile Court, Judge Tom answers the common questions that repeatedly arise when a teen ends up in trouble with the law and has to go to court.

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Jails Struggle With Role As Makeshift Asylums -Associated Press


The Cook County Jail in Chicago and many of its 3,300 counterparts across the country have become treatment centers of last resort for people with serious mental illnesses, most arrested for non-violent crimes.


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Two Teens Left in Holding Cell Without Food, Toilet Paper Over the Weekend in Douglas County, Georgia

Two Teens Left in Holding Cell Without Food, Toilet Paper Over the Weekend in Douglas County, Georgia | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it

"Serious questions have been raised after two teenagers were left unattended in a courthouse holding cell in Douglas County, Georgia over the weekend. The teens were left with no food or even toilet paper.

The teens, ages 16 and 17, appeared before a judge Friday afternoon, one for a probation violation and the other on a vehicle theft charge, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Neither suspect’s parents showed up for court, so the two were supposed to be transported back to the Marietta Youth Detention Center, Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller said during a press conference.

 

But somehow, that transport never happened.

 

Instead, the two teenagers were left alone for nearly three days in the courthouse. Their holding cell contained only benches and a window on the door facing the building’s basement. There was a bathroom, allowing the teens access to water, but there was no toilet paper.

 

"As a law enforcement agency that taps itself as a professional agency, I'm as embarrassed today as I can possibly be," Miller said.

 

Deputies left for the weekend without noticing the teens.

 

"Nobody that works in security is supposed to leave that building at night without checking the cells, and it's not a hard job to do," Miller added.

 

Read more at:

http://rt.com/usa/168728-teenagers-inhumane-conditions-holding-cell/


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PETITION-Governors: Remove youth from adult jails and prisons

PETITION-Governors: Remove youth from adult jails and prisons | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it

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Campaign for Youth Justice


"On any given day, nearly 10,000 youth are detained or confined in adult jails and prisons.  The research shows that youth are not safe in adult jails and prisons and are at the greatest risk of sexual victimization.  According to research by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, youth under the age of 18 represented 21% of all substantiated victims of inmate-on-inmate sexual violence in jails in 2005, and 13% in 2006 – surprisingly high since only 1% of jail inmates are juveniles. The National Prison Rape Elimination Commission found that, “more than any other group of incarcerated persons, youth incarcerated with adults are probably at the highest risk for sexual abuse.”  Research also shows that youth are 36 times more likely to commit suicide in an adult jail than in a juvenile detention facility.  

 

Over ten years ago, the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) unanimously passed Congress and in 2012, PREA’s Youthful Inmate Standard was created.


Jails and prisons are simply not equipped to protect youth from the dangers of adult facilities.

 

PREA recognizes the inherent dangers of placing youth in adult facilities therefore the PREA Youthful Inmate Standard (§115.14) establishes requirements that would protect youth.


Now, let’s work together to make sure PREA gets implemented across the country and that our youth are protected!

 

By May 15th, Governors will have to certify whether their state is in compliance with PREA, or make assurances that federal dollars will be used to come into compliance.  We want resources to go towards full transparency and implementation of the Youthful Inmate Standard.

 

We are asking Governors to certify compliance with PREA’s Youthful Inmate Standard by removing youth from adult jails and prisons, and make the Youthful Inmate Standard a priority.


Ten years have passed and we now have a date for PREA certification. Let’s NOT back down now. Sign the petition today!

 

 

For more information, please visit: www.campaignforyouthjustice.org"

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Gov. Rick Scott signs bill overhauling Department of Juvenile Justice and reflecting new approach

Gov. Rick Scott signs bill overhauling Department of Juvenile Justice and  reflecting new approach | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it

 Published: June 19, 2014       

 

TALLAHASSEE – "Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday signed a bill rewriting laws that govern the state Department of Juvenile Justice, reinforcing an emphasis on prevention, intervention and the rehabilitation of youthful offenders. 

 

The measure (HB 7055) formalizes the department’s strategy of shifting funds to prevention programs, with the aim of keeping kids out of the juvenile system in the first place. It creates criminal penalties for abusing or neglecting teens of all ages in the department’s custody and requires DJJ to provide the Legislature with annual reports on the outcomes for all its programs. 

 

 Also Tuesday, Scott named the department’s deputy secretary, Christy Daly, as interim secretary to replace Secretary Wansley Walters, who will retire at the end of June."...

 

(See more at: http://highlandstoday.com/hi/local-news/scott-signs-djj-overhaul-reflecting-new-approach-20140619/#sthash.58MrLa3H.dpuf)

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Four Tribes to Create Juvenile Diversion Programs

Four Tribes to Create Juvenile Diversion Programs | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
Four American Indian tribes in South Dakota, Colorado and Minnesota will be setting up programs to aid youth who otherwise might be incarcerated.
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New Girls Court to help young moms, abused youth stay out of the system

New Girls Court to help young moms, abused youth stay out of the system | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
A new juvenile court for girls is looking to help high-risk youth stay out of the judicial system.
The new Girls Court was announced Thursday by Circuit Judge David Gooding during a meeting with the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association.
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Prosecutor: Teen faces attempted murder charges, will be tried as adult - WISH-TV

Prosecutor: Teen faces attempted murder charges, will be tried as adult - WISH-TV | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
Prosecutor: Teen faces attempted murder charges, will be tried as adult
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Even though Banks is a juvenile he will be tried as an adult. Law states that anyone who is charged with attempted murder 16 or older will be tried as an adult.

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'This is about finding justice' for a kid

Actor and activist Jesse Williams on the double standards and the narratives around race.
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Police, protesters clash again in Ferguson

Police, protesters clash again in Ferguson | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it

"FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Anger spurred by the death of a black teenager at the hands of a white police officer boiled over again when protesters stormed into a Missouri convenience store — the same one Michael Brown was accused of robbing."...

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Did you know?...Youth are, regularly, held in deplorable conditions of solitary confinement in US adult jails & prisons?

Did you know?...Youth are, regularly, held in deplorable conditions of solitary confinement in US adult jails & prisons? | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
“Trays up!” the CO yells. It’s about 5 am, and breakfast trays are here. I’ve been up since midnight, studying the workbooks that a friend sent to me. When everyone is asleep, and the TV is off, it’s the quietest time, and I can really focus. As I get my tray every morning, I ask …

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FL: Tampa man’s crimes as youth yield ‘15 to Life,’ a documentary

FL: Tampa man’s crimes as youth yield ‘15 to Life,’ a documentary | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
TAMPA — When Kenneth Young was 14, his mother’s crack dealer told him he’d kill her unless the boy agreed to help him rob people.
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'Burning Down The House' Makes The Case Against Juvenile Incarceration

'Burning Down The House' Makes The Case Against Juvenile Incarceration | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
The American rate of juvenile incarceration is seven times that of Great Britain, and 18 times that of France. It costs, on average, $88,000 a year to keep
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Rikers: Where Mental Illness Meets Brutality in Jail - New York Times

Rikers: Where Mental Illness Meets Brutality in Jail - New York Times | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
New York Times Rikers: Where Mental Illness Meets Brutality in Jail New York Times But The Times uncovered details on scores of assaults through interviews with current and former inmates, correction officers and mental health clinicians at the...

Via Dana Hoffman
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Children's Hope and Voice is circulating this news story due to the fact children and youth are often held in adult jails and prisons in the U.S.A.

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Center for Prosecutorial Integrity Launches “Bring a Prosecutor to Justice” Campaign…

Center for Prosecutorial Integrity Launches “Bring a Prosecutor to Justice” Campaign… | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
From an email press release: How many times have you heard about a rogue prosecutor who was let off the hook after a wrongful conviction caused by prosecutorial misconduct? How often have you heard about a ...

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Jail Counselor Sexually Abused Prisoners

Jail Counselor Sexually Abused Prisoners | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it

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Richard Anderson was a mental health and addiction counselor, hired to help female inmates deal with their troubles.

 

It was Anderson, though, who turned out to be the biggest trouble for seven women jailed at the Hamilton County Justice Center. Instead of protecting them, he preyed on them."...


Via Dana Hoffman
Children's Hope and Voice's insight:

This story has been shared by Children's Hope and Voice because of the fact children and youth are held in adult facilities. This is an example of the risk they are put in by being incarcerated at such facilities.

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Private Prisons Rule With Little Oversight on America’s Border

Private Prisons Rule With Little Oversight on America’s Border | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
To handle the waves of immigrants sentenced for re-entering the country, private prisons have sprung up from Arizona to Texas, with little oversight of detainee treatment.

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West Virginia's Juvenile Justice System in the Crosshairs

West Virginia's Juvenile Justice System in the Crosshairs | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it

Written by Alex Wiederspiel                 

Last updated on June 19, 2014 @ 6:05PM                 Created on June 19, 2014  

"Our state is taking action to fix issues with the juvenile justice system. Governor Tomblin and others are preparing for what is being called a landmark review of our juvenile corrections system.

So what exactly will this entail?

 

Along with Governor Tomblin, members of the Legislature, the State Supreme Court of Appeals, and Pew Charitable Trusts are gearing up for the review and possibly major reform."...

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Oh, My! State Attorney Angela Corey Back in the News, Again: Legality of What She Did in Question

Oh, My!  State Attorney Angela Corey Back in the News, Again: Legality of What She Did in Question | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
Allow me to propose a few really simple rules of thumb for public officials:
If a citizen asks you for a copy of a public record, hand it over.
If you're tempted not to, know the specific legal exemption from public-records laws.
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Angela Corey is the prosecutor who charged a 12-year-old Florida boy such that he faced LIFE without parole.

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Notes on Push for Juvenile Justice Act Reauthorization

Notes on Push for Juvenile Justice Act Reauthorization | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
The last time the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) was authorized, President George W. Bush’s approval rating was still hovering around 70 percent and the Boston Red Sox most recent World Series win was in 1918.

Are we on the verge of a fresh reauthorization? Many juvenil
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