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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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Children's Hope and Voice is an all volunteer, child advocacy, non-profit registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia, USA with a focus on education, child we...
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Juvenile In Justice | Documenting the incarceration of children in the U.S

Juvenile In Justice | Documenting the incarceration of children in the U.S | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
"Juvenile In Justice is a project to document the placement and treatment of American juveniles housed by law in facilities that treat, confine, punish, assist and, occasionally, harm them."
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"Approximately 70,000 young people are in detention or correctional facilities every day in the United States."

 

(Resource: http://www.juvenile-in-justice.com/about-2)

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NY: Teen jailed without conviction sues for $20M

NY: Teen jailed without conviction sues for $20M | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
Kalief Browder has been out of jail for more than four months now, but the 20-year-old man who spent the last part of his teenage years behind bars still feels like a prisoner. “A lot of times when I’m by myself and I go through my thoughts, I catch a lot of flashbacks when I was on [Rikers] Island,” Browder told HLN.
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Happy first day of Spring from Children's Hope and Voice!

Happy first day of Spring from Children's Hope and Voice! | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
Children's Hope and Voice is an all volunteer, child advocacy, non-profit registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia, USA, with a focus on education, child welfare and juvenile justice issues.
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Lethal Justice: State Attorney Corey far outpaces Florida's prosecutors in sending people to Death Row

Lethal Justice: State Attorney Corey far outpaces Florida's prosecutors in sending people to Death Row | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
A Times-Union analyis finds that Angela Corey's office has sent 21 people to Death Row, and 18 of them are still there. No other current prosecutor in the state has put more than seven people on Death Row since the start of 2009. Critics say it hasn’t reduced the crime rate and is too costly — but victims aren’t complaining.
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Happy St. Patrick's Day from Children's Hope and Voice!

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Children's Hope and Voice! | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
Children's Hope and Voice is an all volunteer, child advocacy, non-profit registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia, USA, with a focus on education, child welfare and juvenile justice issues.
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Congrats to Children's Hope and Voice for Another Year as a Non-Profit!

Congrats to Children's Hope and Voice for Another Year as a Non-Profit! | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
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Come check out the new look of our blog: Hope and Voice Journal!

Come check out the new look of our blog: Hope and Voice Journal! | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
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"Happy New Year!" from Children's Hope and Voice

"Happy New Year!" from Children's Hope and Voice | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
Children's Hope and Voice is an all volunteer, child advocacy, non-profit registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia, USA, with a focus on education, child welfare and juvenile justice issues.
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Nearly 20 LA sheriff's deputies charged in corruption, inmate abuse probe

Nearly 20 LA sheriff's deputies charged in corruption, inmate abuse probe | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
Nearly 20 current and former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were expected to be arrested Monday in connection with a two-year federal probe into corruption and inmate abuse in the county jail system.
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This story is shared because children and youth are routinely held in adult jails and prisons.

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BB gun control: In New Jersey, kids’ rite of passage could mean felony

BB gun control: In New Jersey, kids’ rite of passage could mean felony | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
Not only will you shoot your eye out kid, you can also go to jail for owning that BB gun in certain states.
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Henry Giroux on the "School to Prison Pipeline" | BillMoyers.com

Henry Giroux on the "School to Prison Pipeline" | BillMoyers.com | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it

Education expert Henry Giroux talks to Bill about the troubling trend of police arrests in public schools.


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Florida law, used in Jacksonville, 'violates international human rights obligations,' rights group declares

Florida law, used  in Jacksonville, 'violates international human rights obligations,' rights group declares | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
The international rights group Human Rights Watch is calling for the repeal of Florida's law allowing prosecutors to single-handedly charge juveniles as adults.
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Talking Juvenile Justice: A Webinar with Photographer Richard Ross

Talking Juvenile Justice: A Webinar with Photographer Richard Ross | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
On Monday, November 18th JJIE hosted a compelling video webinar with Richard Ross, the photographer behind the acclaimed Juvenile In Justice project documenting juvenile incarceration across the country. Ross introduced his work within the juvenile justice system and discussed the imperative of photojournalists and journalists not only in documenting social injustices -- but also using that work for policy reform.
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Mentoring Resource by Children's Hope and Voice

Mentoring Resource by Children's Hope and Voice | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it

Come check out our all new "Mentoring " resource webpage at Children's Hope and Voice.  You'll find videos, articles, sample mentoring programs, and more!

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NPR on Public Defenders

The Wayne County Court assigned attorney Robert Slameka to provide Davontae's defense. Tominko, Davontae's mother was charged $10,000 and still Slameka provi...
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Women's organization asks State Attorney Angela Corey to resign

Women's organization asks State Attorney Angela Corey to resign | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
The National Organization for Women announced Monday it is pushing for State Attorney Angela Corey's resignation over the case of Marissa Alexander.
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Florida’s Killingest Prosecutor

Florida’s Killingest Prosecutor | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it

"Angela Corey is probably best known as the prosecutor who tried George Zimmerman, Michael Dunn and Marissa Alexander.

 

But here’s something you may not know: Corey has sent more people to death row than any prosecutor in Florida. And it isn’t even close."...

 

..."Corey’s indictment of Zimmerman was widely criticized by defense attorneys and legal scholars. One prominent critic was Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz. According to Dershowitz, Corey responded to his criticism by threatening to sue him, to sue Harvard University, and attempting to have Dershowitz disbarred. (She has threatened to sue other public critics as well.) She has also been accused of withholding exculpatory evidence in the case, then firing the IT worker in her office who exposed that evidence.

 

But Corey has a controversial history beyond the Zimmerman-Martin case. She’s the prosecutor who won a 20-year prison sentence for Marissa Alexander. The 31-year-old Alexander was convicted of aggravated assault with a [deadly] weapon after she fired a warning shot from a gun at her abusive husband. A state appeals court granted Alexander a new trial in September. Corey won a similar conviction against Ronald Thompson, a 65-year-old man accused of firing warning shots into the ground as some teenagers attempted to force their way into a home belonging to his friend. She has also received criticism for charging a 12-year-old with murder for beating his 2-year-old brother to death, then attempting to try him as an adult...."

 

 

 

 

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New Castle News : Jordan Brown Case, Five Years Later: Father convinced beyond a doubt of son’s innocence

New Castle News :  Jordan Brown Case, Five Years Later: Father convinced beyond a doubt of son’s innocence | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it

..."PUBLIC PERCEPTION
Brown, who for the most part has shunned media contact since his son’s arrest, pointed out limited information on details from the courtroom has become public. He believes most of what is known has come from the Houk family, who have made themselves available to the media throughout the case.
“This has shaped public perception.”
It has also frustrated him. “I no longer read newspapers or watch television accounts, which labeled Jordan as an 11-year-old murderer.”
Brown said he is heart-broken when old friends approach, ask about him and Jordan then ask, “Did he say why he did it?”
He has spoken extensively to his son, Brown said, and is convinced beyond doubt of the boy’s innocence.
“Since the start I have said, if he did it he needs help. But I’ve also said I won’t walk away from him, turn him over to the state and make him a victim of the system. He is my son.”
He added he believes others are equally convinced of Jordan’s innocence.
“After the initial shock, when people saw the newspapers and stories on television, they might have believed it, but as information came out they began to think ‘No way could he have done this. No evidence links him to what was done.’”
Still guarded about what he says regarding Jordan, Brown is knowledgeable about and has strong opinions of both the criminal and juvenile court systems and what he has identified as shortcomings.
“That a judge denied decertifying Jordan to juvenile court because he would not admit his guilt — a clear violation of his Constitutional rights — just blows my mind.”
Brown also said he believes Jordan was found delinquent — the juvenile court equivalent of guilty — on circumstantial evidence that would not have been sufficient to convict an adult.
“When the judge announced the verdict, everyone in the courtroom was shocked,.” Brown said. “I saw court people with tears running down their faces. They knew it was the wrong decision. There had been nothing that linked Jordan to the crime. Nothing. An 11-year-old can’t plan his own birthday party let alone calculate a murder.”
Brown said evidence revealed there had been no fingerprints on the shotgun that police claim is the murder weapon. A blanket, said to have been used to muffle the sound of the gun, contained no gunshot residue, no fibers from that blanket were found on the gun and a burn hole found in the blanket was determined to have been made by a cigarette.
“The only link to Jordan was they all came from the same house.”
Evidence considered by the judge included a speck of gunshot residue found on Jordan’s shirt and pants. Had Jordan fired a gun that morning, his father said, “his clothes would have been polluted with gunshot residue. But he wasn’t.”
Brown said state police checked his hands and those of another “person of interest” for gunshot residue, but Jordan’s hands were never tested for gunshot residue, nor was his coat.
“And the pants checked were not the ones he wore to school that day but a pair he changed into that had been at his grandmother’s house. He’d worn those jeans the previous weekend when he and I went to an indoor turkey shoot.”

‘RESPONSIBLE FATHER’
Contrary to belief, Brown said, his guns had not been lying around the house.
“I’m a responsible father. My guns were not accessible to the children.”
His weapons — which included hunting rifles, shotguns, pistols and a muzzle-loader — were usually stored in the back of a closet in the downstairs bedroom Brown and Houk shared, he noted. None was loaded, he said, and ammunition was stored separately in an armoire drawer in the bedroom, and in a pistol safe, also in the armoire.
Brown said the couple was anticipating swapping bedrooms with Jordan, to be closer to the upstairs nursery, and some items, including the guns, had been moved a few days earlier.
He said Jordan, under his supervision, was learning to shoot. The two practiced in the yard at their farmhouse.
“I’m a hunter,” he said. “I’d estimate 80 percent of all homes in Lawrence County have multiple firearms.”
At Jordan’s preliminary hearing, state troopers testified guns had been found stacked in Jordan’s upstairs bedroom. They said one smelled as if it had been fired recently.
Another piece of evidence, a spent gun shell said to be in pristine condition, was found in the yard.
“It was 90 feet from the driveway the kids ran down to catch the school bus that morning and found under ice and snow-covered leaves,” Brown said, adding, “I don’t think I could have thrown a shell that far.”
Brown said the defense’s theory of what happened involves one of Kenzie’s former boyfriends, who had threatened her and her family members, prompting her to take out a protection from abuse order against him. Brown claimed police did not pursue that avenue."...

 

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Experts: N. Mexico suspect, other young shooters show preteens' impulse actions

Experts: N. Mexico suspect, other young shooters show preteens' impulse actions | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
Roswell, New Mexico, middle-school shooting raises issues on whether preteen suspect comprehends consequences, experts say.
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When will your child be eligible for parole? Hank Coxe at TEDxJacksonville - YouTube

Think back to at time when you did something so stupid, so idiotic, where someone could have been hurt, or would have been hurt. Think back to when you were ...
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'Juvenile In Justice': Richard Ross' Photographs Provide A Thoughtful Glimpse Into The Young World Behind Bars

'Juvenile In Justice': Richard Ross' Photographs Provide A Thoughtful Glimpse Into The Young World Behind Bars | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
There are approximately 70,700 imprisoned youth in the United States.
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Children's Trust Roanoke Valley is Asking for Nominations for Child Abuse Prevention Awards

Children's Trust Roanoke Valley is Asking for Nominations for Child Abuse Prevention Awards | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
A non-profit helping put a stop to child abuse in the Roanoke and New River Valleys needs your help finding nominations for their "Golden Halo Awards." Each year, Children's Trust recognizes those in our community who go above and beyond to...
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Sesame Street Teaches Kids About Incarceration

Sesame Street Teaches Kids About Incarceration | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it

Considering that the United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world....


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Children's Charitable Organizations Webpage by Children's Hope and Voice

Children's Charitable Organizations Webpage by Children's Hope and Voice | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it

This Christmas season, please consider gifting a charitable organization serving children. Come visit our "Children's Charitable Organizations" webpage for ideas!

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