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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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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
 
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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.

 

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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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"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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A Model for Juvenile Detention Reform

A Model for Juvenile Detention Reform | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
The Justice Department’s recent settlement with Ohio, which will eventually end solitary confinement there, puts all states on notice.
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Indiana: More Counties Joining Juvenile Justice Initiative

Indiana: More Counties Joining Juvenile Justice Initiative | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it

By Jess Seabolt
TheStatehouseFile.com

 

"INDIANAPOLIS – Four counties will join the eight currently participating in the Indiana Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative when group holds a kick-off meeting in June.

 

The JDAI is a national juvenile justice reform initiative developed 20 years ago by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that aims to improve outcomes for children in the justice system while ensuring public safety.

 

The JDAI began the initiative in 2006 in Indiana with Marion County by making sure each child there was placed in the “right place for the right reasons and the right amount of time,” according to a press release.

 

In all, 11 new counties have committed to join the JDAI. Four have kick off meetings scheduled: Delaware County on June 16, Wayne County on June 18, Madison County on June 19, and Henry County on June 27.

 

The remaining seven counties are expected to have kick-off meetings later this year, including Allen, Bartholomew, Boone, LaGrange, LaPorte, Monroe, and St. Joseph.

 

Jess Seabolt is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students."

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Locked Up In America – FRONTLINE

Locked Up In America – FRONTLINE | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it

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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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Thanks to Benjamin S. for bringing this story to our attention.

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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...

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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."...


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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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The tragic, maddening failure of America's juvenile justice system

The tragic, maddening failure of America's juvenile justice system | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it

 

By Andrew Cohen | June 11, 2014


"We need reform. Now.

 

When you start reading Nell Bernstein's haunting book about juvenile justice in America, you'll surely become heartbroken at the ways in which our nation systematically abuses, neglects, tortures, and otherwise ruins the lives of generations of children. No parent in America could read this wrenching work and not be touched to tears by its depictions of what our laws and our public officials do to our kids.

 

But later in your reading of Bernstein's Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison, you'll move from heartbroken to furious. The mindlessness of the policies and practices that turn troubled youths into failed adults — and thus entrench into countless lives cycles of violence, poverty, and despair — are beyond maddening. Our nation's judges, cops, prosecutors, and politicians surely know by now the harm this causes all of us. The evidence of the damage is overwhelming. We imprison our children at seven times the rate Great Britain does and 18 times the rate of France. We spend far more money housing our kids in prison — $88,000 a year — than we do educating them in school. And yet, despite this crushing statistic, our nation does not move quickly enough to prevent the mistreatment, the rapes, the violence, and the degradation that occurs every day in modern American juvenile jails and prisons.

 

At last count there were approximately 66,000 youths confined in juvenile facilities, the majority (two thirds) in long-term placements such as state-run training schools. "Juvenile detention facilities throughout the United States are plagued by sexual violence," Just Detention International’s Lovissa Stannow, a leading advocate in this area, told me Tuesday. "The federal government's own studies show that — on average — about 10 percent of detained kids are sexually abused every year. Shockingly, more than 80 percent of the abuse is perpetrated by staff — government officials whose very job it is to help these young people turn their lives around.... Sexual abuse in detention is absolutely preventable. We know that, because there are some facilities where one in three kids is assaulted every year and others where nobody is abused."

 

Over and over again, Bernstein makes her point clear from statistics, interviews, and other legwork within her field: If we were to sit down and earnestly try to conceive of a juvenile justice system most likely to fail, to guarantee to turn troubled kids into dangerous adults, and to do so in a manner most horrific to those kids, we would end up with what we have now. " ... Read more at:

 

http://theweek.com/article/index/262851/the-tragic-maddening-failure-of-americas-juvenile-justice-system#axzz34cgbLIj1

 

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Police Reveal Dark Details About 12-Year-Olds Accused Of Stabbing Friend For 'Slenderman'

Police Reveal Dark Details About 12-Year-Olds Accused Of Stabbing Friend For 'Slenderman' | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
A police criminal complaint filed against two 12-year-old girls who allegedly stabbed their 12-year-old friend 19 times this past weekend offers dark reading about the vicious attack and the girls' alleged motive -- to prove the existence of a fictio...
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The New York Times Editorial | The Next Juvenile Justice Reform

The New York Times Editorial | The Next Juvenile Justice Reform | Juvenile Justice Advocacy | Scoop.it
States could bring more young offenders into the mainstream if they did a better job of educating them while they were in juvenile facilities.
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