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Pro Bono Opportunity - Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Training for Attorneys

Date: Monday, September 28, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: King County Bar Association, 1200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 700, Seattle, WA 98101
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Juvenile Detention - A Cry For Help

Unless you have a child – or know a child who is “at-risk” you don’t give it much thought. We read a lot about gangs and the violence that comes from it be we don’t understand why it happens or about the kids that get caught up in in it. 1,719 more words

Racism In Our Justice System

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So for some reason the sound quality for this video is a little lacking… but its still totally and completely worth it.




Prison, We Must Do Better for At-Risk Teens

Prison, We Must Do Better for At-Risk Teens

Guest Commentary

Published August 16, 2015

Since the late 1980s, at-risk teens have been subjugated to terrible injustices. 858 more words

sonniq reblogged this on My Name is Jamie. My Life in Prison and commented:

Jamie started in the school to prison pipeline at the age of sixteen because a cop had a vendetta against his family. He literally pushed his way into their home, knocked his mother down and broke her wrist. Jamie defended his mother. Was that enough reason to put him in juvenile detention until he was 21, unable to get even a GED? What kind of job was he supposed to get. He might have legally been an adult, but he had no experience to draw on. He had also spent extended time in solitary confinement. In Juvy it was called "Behavior Modification Program" or BMP. teens a risk, school to prison pipelineI recently started reading a book that was published in 1997. The title is, "No Matter How Loud I Shout -A Year In The Life Of Juvenile Court" - by Edward Humes. It takes place in juvenile courts in LA. The courts then, and now have no idea how to handle children criminals. Some are hardened criminals while still in their early teens and some get mixed up in something and learn their lesson. Some come from the streets and some come from the middle and upper middle income families where they have every opportunity a child could want. The conflict is when to prosecute them as adults. There can't be one rule that covers everything that changes at an exact moment yet this is what they try to do. Are kids responsible for their actions and at one age. Some get their lives ruined and some get let go until the next crime they commit. It's a tough call. During this time this book was written I lived in LA until my children were teens. I went through rough times with my kids. When my son and daughter were 15 and 18 we moved away. I had to get them away. Educating them in public schools was impossible. I pulled them out of bad schools and put them in other bad schools hoping they would be better. But the writing was on the wall if we stayed. We loved north to a small town. My son got his act together and started working hard. My daughter got pregnant and had her first baby at 16. When I read today about the juvenile courts in LA in the 90's knowing it could have been my kids I was reading a bout is scary. Today they are 35 and 38 and they have their own teenagers to agonize over. It is much worse it today than it was in the 90's and it is scary. Kids have less and less respect for teachers or anyone in a position of authority. So many have less respect for themselves as well. These teenagers I am reading about in this book are in their 30's now. Are they alive? Are they in prison? As parents we want to say it won't happen to us. It does, and when they grab hold of your child, or your grandchildren, the system doesn't plan on letting go until they are ruined. Look at Jamie. He is now 32 He STILL doesn't have a GED. Without that, how can he take other educational courses? How can he learn about something he is interested in when he doesn't even know what that is? Are there bad kids out there? Absolutely. Bad parents and bad neighborhoods, and bad parents in good neighborhoods,too. And some parents doing want to believe their child would do these things, but they do. There is a saying, "If you continue to do what you always done you'll continue to get what you've always got." Parents need to have even better perception of the life outside their children are exposed to. There is no one protecting them. It doesn't matter what neighborhood you are from or how much money you make. Some of the things my children tell me now that they did 20 years ago had my jaw on the floor, similar to the things I told my parents long after the fact. We were lucky. Really lucky. Not everyone is. In the past few years The Law has upped the ante. Now, instead of handling disciplinary issues that previously called for detention, being sent to the principles office or your parents called - now the police are called who come and handcuff the children in the classroom and take them in. They are later taken into a courtroom in handcuffs, too. Why? Do the officers fear for their safety or is it for effect? I'm just glad I'm not raising any more children. An already bad situation with juvenile courts is made worse. Even more adult criminals are born. They never learn their lives have value. These juvenile courts are so overcrowded. There is no time for anyone to care. We need to do more to help in some way. Please go to the original article and read. Share this on your own social media sites. http://facebook.com/jamielifeinprison . . .Blog posts and news about injustice in the world Sonni Quick piano music complete list

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oaks

For the past twelve years, Minnow has been living with her family, secluded in the woods, as part of a religious cult known as the Kevinians. 111 more words


Lies & Shackles Part II: The Refusal

I eventually settled in to this alternate universe of girls who knew what it was like to be homeless; girls who took medication for STDs; girls who quizzed me constantly about the pleasures of middle class life, and the exotic privilege of being landed in youth detention by a pissed off (though entirely mentally ill) Mom. 524 more words

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