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Beyond Scared Straight -Juvenile Justice Reform: The Juvenile System of Injustice (The Meesiah Jones Story)

Beyond Scared Straight -Juvenile Justice Reform: The Juvenile System of Injustice (The Meesiah Jones Story) | Juvenile Justice | Scoop.it

This is the story of Meesiah Jones and his experience in the juvenile justice system. As a youth he was convicted of a serious offense that he did not commit. At the tender age of 16 he fought a felony case in adult court and by the time he turned 17 he was being processed in San Quentin prison.

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Here at Advocates for Abandoned Adolescents we do our absolute best to ensure that the voices of incarcerated youth and their families get allocated a responsible reform to America's Juvenile Justice. Our Truth about youth Campaign seeks to hear from youth that have been prosecuted upto the age of 18yrs as an adult, as well as their family and friends, to collect their stories in order to understand their experiences, perspectives and recomendations for change in the Adult criminal Justice System. Advocates for Abandoned Adolescents will use this information to identify patterns and trends that are worthy of further research that are specific to harmful effects on adolescents in the adult criminal justice system.
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Education Not Incarceration

Education Not Incarceration | Juvenile Justice | Scoop.it
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New Homeless and Juvenile Justice Communities on Google | Humane Exposures Blog

New Homeless and Juvenile Justice Communities on Google | Humane Exposures Blog | Juvenile Justice | Scoop.it
In the battle against homelessness we are always on the lookout for new tools. Anything that can help to generate discussion and hopefully action needs to be
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BEYOND SCARED STRAIGHT KIDS IN PRISION

hello folks here is beyond scared straight this is about kids that are introduced to prision before they are in prision what do you think ????????????? thank...
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Mary Dismuke's comment, January 17, 2013 8:11 PM
i think this is a great program
Mary Dismuke's curator insight, January 27, 2013 12:34 AM

i  really  think  this  is  a  great  program for  kids,  to  let  them know  what will  it  be  like  if  they  get in trouble.

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Beyond Scared Straight -Juvenile Justice Reform: Juveniles in Adult Prisons: You have the right to remain silent....

Beyond Scared Straight -Juvenile Justice Reform: Juveniles in Adult Prisons: You have the right to remain silent.... | Juvenile Justice | Scoop.it
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Each One Reach One's curator insight, December 20, 2012 7:44 PM

Lets help end the suffering of juveniles

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US justice system failing — RT

US justice system failing — RT | Juvenile Justice | Scoop.it
The World Justice Project released its 2010 ‘Rule of Law Index’ ranking the top 11 developed countries based on its citizens’ access to civil justice. The US ranked the lowest.
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Beyond Scared Straight -Juvenile Justice Reform: Bryan Stevenson: We need to talk about an injustice

Beyond Scared Straight -Juvenile Justice Reform: Bryan Stevenson: We need to talk about an injustice | Juvenile Justice | Scoop.it

In an engaging and personal talk -- with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks -- human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America's unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.

Bryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.

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Injustice in the James Prindle Case with Steve Sydebotham

Injustice in the James Prindle Case with Steve Sydebotham | Juvenile Justice | Scoop.it
James Prindle was 15 years old when he was arrested for the sexual assault of his twenty three month old sister. This tragic event occurred in Memphis, Tennessee in August, 2010.
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Pink Balloon Day for Madeleine 12th August - Freeway Ricky Ross Social Media

Pink Balloon Day for Madeleine 12th August - Freeway Ricky Ross Social Media | Juvenile Justice | Scoop.it
On the 12th August we would like everyone to release a pink balloon with a label about Madeleine attached to remind the world that this little girl is still mi…...
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Freedom Fighting Spirit Lives On

Freedom Fighting Spirit Lives On | Juvenile Justice | Scoop.it

“I cannot submit to injustices, even minor ones. Once one starts submitting to minor injustices and rationalizes them away, their accumulation creates a major oppression. That’s how entire peoples fell into slavery.” (Sostre, letter to B, 1974)

 

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Beyond Scared Straight -Juvenile Justice Reform: Let Him Testify: Support the Free Davontae Movement

Beyond Scared Straight -Juvenile Justice Reform: Let Him Testify: Support the Free Davontae Movement | Juvenile Justice | Scoop.it

Detroit District Attorney's Office
Each and every Monday until July 30th-Make a call on behalf of Davontae Sanford to Kym Worthy the district attorney who prosecuted him.
Kim Worthy, DA
313 224-5777
leave a msg if you cannot speak to her or her assistant.
EMAIL TO http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.waynecounty.com%2Fcontactus.htm&h=sAQGqHOGH
Question- why they insist on keeping an innocent young man behind bars for a crime they KNOW he did not commit.
(By Carol Leonard)
Help us to end this gross miscarriage of justice, sign, share and be counted...No Justice No Peace!
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/justice-for-innocent-teen

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19-year-old shot 5 times for suspected underage drinking

19-year-old shot 5 times for suspected underage drinking | Juvenile Justice | Scoop.it

This is a country whose people self-righteously criticize China for its human rights abuses. This is a country where the public has been aghast at Singaporean laws against chewing gum, and its “harsh” penalties for violations of the law. This is a country whose people have propagated rabid fear-mongering against Muslims, on the grounds Islam supports poor treatment of women and arbitrary and severe punishments (and I have argued in the past that American statism is not so unlike radical Islam).

Despite the outward pretense of civility and denunciation of human rights abuses, this is a country whose police murder disabled old people, the mentally ill, and children – and get away with it. It is a country whose government actually defends the police when they yank little girls out of beds and put guns to their heads during mistaken drug raids. This is a country whose police arrest people for feeding the homeless. This is the country with the highest number of prisoners in the entire world, both in sheer numbers and on a per capita basis, even as it constantly claims to be the “freest” place on the planet.

The list goes on and on – you’d think the United States would be hiding its face in shame, rather than claiming to be a beacon of freedom while pointing the “human rights” finger at every other country but itself. While police apologists repeatedly drone the tire bit about it being “a few bad apples” or “isolated incidents” (never mind the fact that the law actually encourages and permits this type of behavior by police), the truth is, it would take more than a whole team of writers to detail and cover the daily atrocities committed by police.

Aaron Rosas’ story is one such atrocity.

Not so long ago, a few days before April 13, 2012, Aaron Rosas called his mother Alice to ask where she’d stored his camping equipment, as he wanted to camp out with his friends for a night. On April 13, 2012, Ms. Rosas received a call from Sierra Medical, a hospital on the east side of El Paso Texas around midnight. She was told she needed to go to the Del Sol Hospital to meet up with her son, because they were transporting him to Del Sol, a trauma center.

Her son had been shot 5 times, because in this country, some police believe the punishment for underage drinking is death.

Some young folks, many between the ages of 17-19, had gone out into the desert. There was a bonfire and some drinking taking place on private grounds which used to be an old denim factory/warehouse. Aaron and his friends had planned to do a little drinking, then camp there for the night. At one point, Aaron thought better of the situation, and decided to go home. He was in the car with one or two of his friends and another girl.

They were parked in the dark between 2 other vehicles, and he saw a car approach. He observed the vehicle approach the gated property from a distance. He and his friends thought it was someone joining the party, and didn’t think much of it at first. Aaron turned his car on, but realized the approaching vehicle had turned on a spotlight. At this time, he still couldn’t make out much of the vehicle. As his car was moving forward, he suddenly saw sheriffs running towards another car. He stepped on his brake, turned to get a better look, and was shot 5 times. He was never told to get out of the car. He was given no warning.

At some point, the sheriffs realized that this could look bad. They had essentially gone out looking for trouble. They were on private property and had known underage kids were likely drinking there, so it wasn’t like they stumbled upon some dangerous, surprise situation which would call for such fatal measures. They crept up in the dark, took an unsuspecting 19-year-old by surprise, and unloaded on him. As much as cops know damn well that they can get away with murder, they started to think this might not look so good, and so began the lies.

Ms. Rosas arrived at the hospital and waited in the emergency area for the ambulance to arrive. As her son was brought in, she overheard the ambulance personnel mention gun shot wounds. She approached a sheriff who refused to explain the situation to her. The head ER nurse led Ms. Rosas taken to a conference room, where she waited until 2:00 a.m. Eventually, a sheriff asked her to sign a release so the police could obtain Aaron’s medical records – because Aaron himself was sedated and could not consent. Ms. Rosas (wisely) refused, as she had yet to receive any explanation of any sort from anyone involved.

Again, she waited. When she emerged from the room to inquire as to what was going on, a nurse said the sheriff did not require her signature after all, since her son was 19 years old. She was also advised that her son was now gone. The sheriff had taken him to an undisclosed room in the hospital. The nurse claimed not to know where in the hospital her son had been taken. Ms. Rosas, out of fear and desperation, went floor to floor looking for her son. On the 5th floor, she again asked for her son. The head nurse explained Aaron had been shot by the sheriffs, which was the first time Ms. Rosas was actually apprised of what had occurred that night.

Apparently wary that the nurse might say too much, a detective approached the nursing station, and said he was going to ask Aaron questions. Aaron had been in the hospital for 5-6 hours, and had not gone into surgery for his wounds. From what Ms. Rosas observed, it seemed he was actually removed from the Emergency Department, and transported to the 5th floor so that he could be investigated by the police.

Ms. Rosas immediately represented a lawyer was on the way. Her son’s attorney, Mike Cervantes advised everyone at the hospital to tell Aaron not to talk to any police. Ms. Rosas waited for her son to come out of surgery, but discovered Aaron was taken under custody immediately after surgery. The sheriff’s deputy prohibited her from seeing him.

The sheriffs predictably began their propaganda campaign early the next day. The sheriffs made a statement to the media, claiming Aaron’s car had clipped the officer’s car, and the sheriff unloaded on him because he felt he was in danger (even assuming this ridiculous lie is true – can you imagine if everyone started shooting every time someone else clipped their car? And what kind of police officer actually fears for his life because of a minor car accident?).

Later on, the sheriffs changed their story just a bit. They told a KFox reporter that Aaron’s vehicle was driving toward them, and they feared for their lives. Later on that same day, they issued yet another statement claiming an officer was hit. Finally, yet even later in the day, they claimed 2 officers were hit. According to Ms. Rosas, when he finally went to court, he allegedly had hit 3 officers. His bond was set at $1.5 million – $500,000 for each officer.

Aaron was in the infirmary when his bond was set. He panicked, he was horrified, and he did not understand why his bond was so high. Indeed, he probably had no idea what he had even done wrong.

30 witnesses who were present back Aaron Rosas’ version of the events, but the word and testimony of police might as well be the word of god. This the way it works in America. Police beat, maim, and kill innocent people, and then claim to have feared for their lives, thus apparently justifying all kinds of disgusting behavior. Here, the two deputies who “feared for their lives” have minor injuries, while the person who allegedly committed two counts of aggravated assault was shot five times and nearly died. Common sense would lead one to question the police version of events, but of course most of America (fucking idiots) will not.

Aaron is currently at home now. His bond was fortunately reduced to personal recognizance. He is currently unable to walk due to his injuries, although he is expected to improve and eventually be able to walk again. Ms. Rosas is understandably crushed. “These people don’t understand…if they had just pulled him out of the car, even yanked him by the hair – not that it would be ok to do that, but to shoot him like this? I can’t understand why they would do that.”

Aaron’s attorney, Mr. Cervantes, believes a civil suit against the sheriffs will likely be successful, and that forensic evidence will be extremely helpful.

“I don’t believe the sheriffs realize that when they engage in this kind of behavior, they are not just destroying one life, but many. The anxiety that one goes through just because they do what they do. I don’t understand how they can lie about this. I don’t believe anyone deserves to be shot when they are not fighting.” She believes Aaron requires some emotional attention or help, as he has become depressed.

Aaron had just turned 19, and was no longer under her insurance. The medical bills have been incredibly high, and Ms. Rosas, who works as a fundraiser for various organizations, has struggled financially. The incident has changed her perspective on police. She recalled the Rodney King incident of the distant past. “I read about it, but it was so far away, and didn’t happen here. I started reading a lot of things about how many people had such an unfair shake with the law, and it’s unbelievable. It’s an epidemic, where the officers are taking the law into their own hands, and then they stick together.”

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Juvenile Lifer

Juvenile Lifer | Juvenile Justice | Scoop.it
Before signing this petition , I 'n requesting that you do not sign if you're going to put a nasty comment with it. Now since it was asked what he...
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Beyond Scared Straight -Juvenile Justice Reform: FIND JESSIE & BRING HER HOME

Beyond Scared Straight -Juvenile Justice Reform: FIND JESSIE & BRING HER HOME | Juvenile Justice | Scoop.it
Jessie Foster was born on May 27/84 in Calgary, AB Canada. 
Moved to Kamloops, BC with her mom at 3 years old and went to school here from K - 11. 
Moved back to Calgary, AB to live with her dad, finish grade 11 and graduate grade from school. 
Moved back to Kamloops, BC in March 2005. 
Went to Las Vegas, NV USA May 13/05 - lived there for 10 months and went missing March 29/06. 
JESSIE IS STILL MISSING. 1. Let the world know who JESSIE FOSTER is and that she is MISSING. 2. Find Jessie and bring her home. 3. Prevent this from happening to others.               4. Fight Human Trafficking...it needs to STOP.
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OJ Simpson -- I'm HUGE in Prison - TMZ.com

OJ Simpson -- I'm HUGE in Prison - TMZ.com | Juvenile Justice | Scoop.it
OJ Simpson -- I'm HUGE in Prison
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Huge in Prison. TMZ TV. 051413_simpson_tablet O.J. Simpson must be the only guy in history to like prison food -- because the convicted armed robber/killer has put on a ton of weight in the pen.
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Lost Children: 2,300 a Day

Reports of missing persons have increased sixfold in the past 25 years, from roughly 150,000 in 1980 to about 900,000 this year. The increase was driven in p...
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Inmates speak to students about gang life

Inmates from the Dougherty County Jail teach kids about the reality of crime. The FOX 31 Newscast is Albany, Georgia's only 10PM local newscast. For more loc...
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Mary Dismuke's comment, January 17, 2013 8:12 PM
ever teen need to listen to this.
Each One Reach One's comment, February 5, 2013 2:32 PM
Yes!!!
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Beyond Scared Straight -Juvenile Justice Reform: The Juvenile System of Injustice (The Meesiah Jones Story)

Beyond Scared Straight -Juvenile Justice Reform: The Juvenile System of Injustice (The Meesiah Jones Story) | Juvenile Justice | Scoop.it

This is the story of Meesiah Jones and his experience in the juvenile justice system. As a youth he was convicted of a serious offense that he did not commit. At the tender age of 16 he fought a felony case in adult court and by the time he turned 17 he was being processed in San Quentin prison.

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The Forgotten People : Prisoners Of Political Injustice.

By: Maryam Azraa and Aesya Nurudin. What first comes to your mind when you think of prisoners? "Crooks, criminals, they deserve to be in prison?" Well, that'...
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Sara Kruzan - Join Forces for her Freedom - Public Figure - Chowchilla, CA | Facebook

Sara Kruzan - Join Forces for her Freedom - Public Figure - Chowchilla, CA | Facebook | Juvenile Justice | Scoop.it
Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them.
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Judicial Injustice

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Perry Redd's run-down on why we struggle in America...
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If These Walls Could Talk

If These Walls Could Talk | Juvenile Justice | Scoop.it

The words you are about to hear spring from the hearts, minds, and mouths of the youngest members of America's prison system.

Writing from within juvenile halls across the country, these young men, women, girls and boys reveal childhoods and teen years so often defeated by aspects of the lives they have lived so far. 

Refuge can be found in the inner life. A way back out is through their words.

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Beyond Scared Straight -Juvenile Justice Reform: Sneak Preview: California Sentencing Institute Upgrade

Beyond Scared Straight -Juvenile Justice Reform: Sneak Preview: California Sentencing Institute Upgrade | Juvenile Justice | Scoop.it

Access to criminal and juvenile justice related data is of the utmost importance as policymakers evaluate outcomes of criminal and juvenile justice practices.  In the face of some of the most sweeping reforms in California, including AB 109 adult realignment and continued juvenile justice realignment, these data are even more crucial to understanding the justice system and improving public safety.

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Should Youths Receive Life Sentences

From: http://video.foxnews.com/v/1277289733001/should-youths-receive-life-sentences/?playlist_id=86856 November 15, 2011 - Navigating the 8th amendment. FAIR...
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Let him Testify: Hit man's testimony vital to free innocent child

Walyer Savage Landor once said "Delay of justice is injustice" his words could of been created and inspired by the Davontae Sanford case, yet this was a stat...
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Supreme Court of the United States: Give juveniles the right to a jury trial in the juvenile system.

Supreme Court of the United States: Give juveniles the right to a jury trial in the juvenile system. | Juvenile Justice | Scoop.it
Accepting that juveniles have the right to due process, and that due process requires jury findings on facts risking increased punishment, it...
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