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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

What life is like for 14-year-old killer tried as an adult

What life is like for 14-year-old killer tried as an adult

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-02-26/young-murderer-gingerich/53251806/1

PENDLETON, Ind. -- Paul Henry Gingerich awoke on the morning of his 14th birthday to the sound of a voice -- his prison guard.

"Happy birthday," she said.

It was 6 o'clock. Paul would just as soon been given a few more minutes to sleep.

But in a place where he must ask permission to go to the bathroom, where he eats every meal under close surveillance and where birthdays aren't much different from any other day, it was a nice gesture for one of the state's most controversial inmates.

Paul Gingerich is believed to be the youngest person in Indiana ever sentenced to prison as an adult.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Christy was convicted in 2002 }On Coerced Confession

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thenancylockhartshow/2012/02/16/justice-for-california-prisoner-christy-clinton-phillips



Christy Phillips CDC# W-94100 is unjustly convicted and currrently housed at Central California Women Facility. Christy was convicted in 2002 of an elderly woman's murder that occurred in 2000,based on a coerced confession, and despite the lack of physical or forensic evidence and expert testimony of Christy"s multiple mental disabiblities, her age and the outrageous police misconduct against Christy during her confinement in the Rialto Police station and interrogation. Barely 15 years old Christy was taken by Rialto Police, held overnight against her will denied her constitutional right to remain silent and to have a parent present during her interrogation. The Rialto Police officers used intimidation and isolation as part of there tactic to manipulate and pressure Christy into making a confession to a crime she originally reported. Due to Christy's youth, mental disabilities the lack of experience with the criminal justice system, Christy was an easy victim of police manipulation. Christy's trial judge Gus Skorpos admitted Rialto Police Department violated Christy's rights under Welfare and Institution Codes 637(a).
http://www.christyclintonphillips.blogspot.com

Monday, February 13, 2012

Amber's 2nd petition & Who Signed In Her Defense For A New Trial

At Age 16 She Faced Life In Prison

To: the President of the United States, Members of the U.S. Senate and Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, see more...your Governor, Members of your State Senate, Members of your State House, the President of the United States, Members of the U.S. Senate and Members of the U.S. House of Representatives
Started by: Carol Leonard
This petition is to generate support for Amber Rose Riley who is currently incarcerated. At age 16, Amber was arrested for first degree murder, a crime she vehemently denies. She has been convicted without 1 witness called in her defense. Please help us to help her.


Deanna Nickell Lampasas, TX
May 03-2011

Paige Wood Lampasas, TX
May 03
cory Bywater Lampasas, TX
May 03
Carissa Bywater Lampasas, TX
May 03-2010
Gavin Been Lampasas, TX
May 03
Nick Been Lampasas, TX
May 03-2010
Nathan Been Lampasas, TX
May 03-2010
Steven Been Lampasas, TX
May 03-2010

Terri Been Lampasas, TX
May 03-2010

Betty Jo Mings Garden Grove, CA
May 03-2010

Jim & Sherry Tilla Chewelah, WA
May 04 2011

Douglas Gibson Jr Fairfax, VA
May 2010

Chase Key Durant, OK
May 04-2010

Shannon Wilson Phenix City, AL
May 05-2010

Daniel De Carvalho stansbury, UT
May 04-2010

Celine Sala San Francisco, CA
May 04-2010

James M Nordlund Fargo, ND
May 04-2010

Ali Canada Tulsa, OK
Sent letter to Mike Rogers , Barack Obama , Mary Easley , John Sullivan , Sue Tibbs , Eric Proctor , Jeannie McDaniel , James Inhofe and Tom Coburn
May 03/2010

Joel Wood Devine, TX
May 2010

Monica Morton Universal City, TX
May 15/2010

Kalindi McAlpine Anchorage, AK
Sent letter to Don Young , Mike Rogers , Lisa Murkowski , Barack Obama , Bettye Davis , Berta Gardner , Mike Hawker , Harry Crawford , Sharon Cissna and Bob Lynn
May 2010

Doni Crawford Gaylord, MI
May 11/2010

Frank Mitchell, III. Santa Ana, CA
May 2010
Rose Britt Lafollette, TN
May 2010

Greg Thomas Huntley, MT
May 10/2010

Denise DiFalco Fort Gratiot, MI
May 05/2010

Earleen Austin Colton, CA
May 05 2010

Nancy Golubski Delavan, WI
May 05/2010

Paula Hodge Lancaster, CA
May 04/2010
Robert Tracy Lockport, IL
May 31/2010

Patti Deever Fontana, C
May 20/2010

Rosa Maddux Billings, MT
May 20/2010

Tiesha Hill Redlands, CA
May 19/2010

Robert Riley Rialto, CA
May 19/2010

Cathy Hill Reno, NV
May 2010

Kenneth Logsdon Bastrop, TX
May 2010

Sherry Vanavery Greenwood, IN
May 16/2010
Jan Logsdon Bastrop, TX
May/16/2010

May 2010
Pamela Eller Lorane, OR
Jun 12-201
Andie Ampton Alton, GA
Jun 11
Amy Austin fort worth, TX
Jun 11

Crissey Conn Crowley, TX
Jun 11
Brittany Sexton Colton, CA
Jun 10
Amy Sexton Crowley, TX
Jun 09

Sherri Marsak Ignacio, CO
Jun 09
Robert Riley Crestline, CA
Jun 03
Steve Kav caldwell, NJ
Jun 03
Gloria Salazar San Antonio, TX
Jun 01
Ursula Armijo New Baltimore, MI
Jun 14
LINDA KNOX SWEETWATER, TN
Jun 13 2010

Bee Hawks Chico, CA
Jun 13

Denise Marhoefer The Juvenile Defender Muncie, IN
Jun 13
Nicholas Ackley Hoboken, NJ
Jun 13
BONNIE LONG Long Beach, CA
Jun 12
Donna ACeves Vacaville, CA
Jun 12
Patricia Rodriguez Hawthorne, CA
Jun 12
Angela Caldwell Rochester, NY
Jun 08
Ricky Howard North Pole, AK
Jul 08

Diane Ward Sumter, SC
Jul 02
Patricia Brown Riverside, CA
Jun 26

DeMarcus Ali Sears Jackson, GA
Jun 23
Chris Jennen Grand Terrace, CA
Jun 18
Shalyn Traylor Roseville, CA
Jun 18

Brenda Ridge New Rockford, ND
Jun 18
Glenn Larkin Charlotte, NC
Jun 18
Selene Lawrence Cincinnati, OH
Jun 14
Darlene Grenier Lowell, MA
Jun 09
Annette Blankenship Colonial Heights, VA
Jun 03
LOUIS RENDON PASADENA, CA
Jun 01
Sonny Carter Eureka Springs, AR
Jun 01
Savina Veselinova Sofia, Bulgaria
Jun 01
Clay Adams Buffalo, NY
Jun 01
Sandra Ferreira Pelotas, RS, Brazil
Jun 01
Faride Del Valle Barranquilla, Colombia
Jun 01
Julie Greenspan San Diego, CA
Jun 01
Stephanie Casch Miamisburg, OH May 28

Sourav Roy Kolkata / Mumbai, India
May 06
Chris . Bayonne, NJ
May 06

Jake Wolfhart Peace Dude Capitan, NM
May 06
Leandro Coutinho San Francisco, CA
May 06
Shobha Varma Trichur, KY
May 06
BALAKRISHNA VARMA Kensington, PA
May 06
Manuela Rodrigues New Jersey, NJ
May 05
Elizabeth Burke Edgewater, FL
May 05
Tazzie Colorado Longmont, CO
May 04
Ginger Geronimo Birmingham, AL
May 04
Lizzie Wylder Chippewa Falls, WI

Edwin Bonilla Manassas, VA
May 04
Sharen York Anderson, IN
May 04
Franz Kurz Freudental, Germany
May 2010
Jennifer Hall Greeneville, TN
May 2010
Ainsley Jo Phillips Anderson, IN

May 04/2010
Karen Ericson Bothell, WA

May 2010
BiLL Fowlie Harmony, ME

Jaime Tamez Los Ranchos, NM
May 03/10
Julia Tawyea' Lake Ariel, PA
May 26 2010
Tamra Herman Veblen, SD
May 25 2010
Sharon Blasingame Sacramento, CA
May 2010
Manny Cuellar Austin, TX
May 2010
Rebecca McFarland Las Cruces, NM
May 16 2010
Joycey Berry Canton, NC
May 2011

Diane Steele Farmington, MN
May 2010

Starvin Marvin Hooterville, North Dakota, and Taffee, Minnesota and Big Beavers, OR
May 2010
Yoke Jaken Ruston, LA
May 2010
Cathy Robinson Mobile, AL

>>NOTE>> This Petition ran From May 2010 -July And received 255 Signtures

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Sentencing Project Joins Allies in Opposing JLWOP Sentences

January 31, 2012 (The Sentencing Project)

The Sentencing Project Joins Allies in Opposing JLWOP Sentences

The Sentencing Project joins other amici in voicing our support for eliminating life without parole sentences for young people. The U.S. stands alone worldwide in the imposition of juvenile life sentences with no option for parole. The United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on March 20, 2012 in Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs.
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Children in the US as young as eleven years old have been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of ever being paroled.


According to Amnesty International, the United States is the only country sentencing minors to mandatory life imprisonment sentences.

Ashley Nellis of the Sentencing Project says young people under 18 are being tried and sentenced as adults in homicide related crimes.

Amnesty International released a new report, "This is Where I'm Going to Be When I Die". The Human Rights organization says there is a legal and moral consensus that life imprisonment without the possibility of release should never be used against minors and is calling upon the US to stop.

More than 25 hundred adults are in US jails for committing crimes as juveniles. According to The Sentencing Project, about 75% are African American or Hispanic.

Nellis says sentences are handed down without considering factors such as history of abuse or mental health and the special potential for rehabilitation and change are ignored.

Last year, the US Supreme Court banned life sentences without parole for minors in non-murder cases. The Court has agreed to consider the issue in homicide cases as well. A decision is expected next year.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/213418.html

Friday, February 10, 2012

Signitures Of Those Who Believe Amber Deserves A New Trial

At Age 16 She Faced Life In Prison

To: the President of the United States, Members of the U.S. Senate and Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, see more...your Governor, Members of your State Senate, Members of your State House, the President of the United States, Members of the U.S. Senate and Members of the U.S. House of Representatives

Started by: Carol Leonard

This petition is to generate support for Amber Rose Riley who is currently incarcerated. At age 16, Amber was arrested for first degree murder, a crime she vehemently denies. She is now 22 and has been convicted without 1 witness against her. Please help us to help her.





Deanna Nickell Lampasas, TX
Sent letter to Mike Conaway , Barack Obama , Kay Hutchison , Troy Fraser , Jimmy Aycock and John Cornyn
May 03-2011

Paige Wood Lampasas, TX
Sent letter to Mike Conaway , Barack Obama , Kay Hutchison , Troy Fraser , Jimmy Aycock and John Cornyn
May 03

cory Bywater Lampasas, TX
Sent letter to Mike Conaway , Barack Obama , Kay Hutchison , Troy Fraser , Jimmy Aycock and John Cornyn
May 03

Carissa Bywater Lampasas, TX
Sent letter to Mike Conaway , Barack Obama , Kay Hutchison , Troy Fraser , Jimmy Aycock and John Cornyn
May 03-2010

Gavin Been Lampasas, TX
Sent letter to Mike Conaway , Barack Obama , Kay Hutchison , Troy Fraser , Jimmy Aycock and John Cornyn
May 03

Nick Been Lampasas, TX
Sent letter to Mike Conaway , Barack Obama , Kay Hutchison , Troy Fraser , Jimmy Aycock and John Cornyn
May 03-2010

Nathan Been Lampasas, TX
Sent letter to Mike Conaway , Barack Obama , Kay Hutchison , Troy Fraser , Jimmy Aycock and John Cornyn
May 03-2010

Steven Been Lampasas, TX
Sent letter to Mike Conaway , Barack Obama , Kay Hutchison , Troy Fraser , Jimmy Aycock and John Cornyn
May 03-2010

Terri Been Lampasas, TX
Sent letter to Mike Conaway , Barack Obama , Kay Hutchison , Troy Fraser , Jimmy Aycock and John Cornyn
May 03-2010

Betty Jo Mings Garden Grove, CA
Sent letter to Ed Royce , Dianne Feinstein , Barbara Boxer , Barack Obama , Arnold Schwarzenegger , Tom Harman and Jim Silva
May 03-2010


Jim & Sherry Tilla Chewelah, WA
Sent letter to Barack Obama , Patty Murray , Maria Cantwell and Christine Gregoire
May 04 2011

Douglas Gibson Jr Fairfax, VA
Sent letter to Ike Skelton , Jim Moran , Barack Obama , Jim Webb , Stephen Shannon , David Bulova , Vivian Watts , James Scott and J. Petersen
May 2010

Chase Key Durant, OK
Sent letter to Barack Obama , John Carey , Jay Gumm , Dan Boren , Paul Roan , James Inhofe and Tom Coburn
May 04-2010

Shannon Wilson Phenix City, AL
Sent letter to Mike Rogers , Richard Shelby , Jeff Sessions , Barack Obama , Bob Riley , Myron Penn , T. Little , George Bandy , Lesley Vance and Kim Benefield

Cassandra Donovan stansbury park, UT
Sent letter to Rob Bishop , Barack Obama , Orrin Hatch , Bob Bennett , Jon Huntsman , Brent Goodfellow , James Gowans , Ronda Menlove and Peter Knudson

Daniel De Carvalho stansbury, UT
Sent letter to Rob Bishop , Barack Obama , Orrin Hatch , Bob Bennett , Jon Huntsman , Brent Goodfellow , James Gowans , Ronda Menlove and Peter Knudson
May 04-2010

Celine Sala San Francisco, CA
Sent letter to Nancy Pelosi , Dianne Feinstein , Barbara Boxer , Barack Obama , Arnold Schwarzenegger , Leland Yee , Fiona Ma and Jackie Speier
May 04-2010

james m nordlund Fargo, ND
Sent letter to Earl Pomeroy , Barack Obama , Kent Conrad , Byron Dorgan , Donald Clark , Vonnie Pietsch , Steven Zaiser , Wesley Belter and Jasper Schneider
May 04-2010

Ali Canada Tulsa, OK
Sent letter to Mike Rogers , Barack Obama , Mary Easley , John Sullivan , Sue Tibbs , Eric Proctor , Jeannie McDaniel , James Inhofe and Tom Coburn
May 03/2010

Joel Wood Devine, TX
Sent letter to Barack Obama , Kay Hutchison and John Cornyn
May 2010

Monica Morton Universal City, TX
Sent letter to Lamar Smith , Henry Cuellar , Barack Obama , Kay Hutchison , Judith Zaffirini , Joe Farias and John Cornyn
May 15/2010

Kalindi McAlpine Anchorage, AK
Sent letter to Don Young , Mike Rogers , Lisa Murkowski , Barack Obama , Bettye Davis , Berta Gardner , Mike Hawker , Harry Crawford , Sharon Cissna and Bob Lynn
May 2010

Doni Crawford Gaylord, MI
Sent letter to Bart Stupak , Barack Obama , Carl Levin , Debbie Stabenow , Jennifer Granholm , Jason Allen and Gary McDowell
May 11/2010

Frank Mitchell, III. Santa Ana, CA
Sent letter to Dana Rohrabacher , Loretta Sanchez , Dianne Feinstein , Barbara Boxer , Barack Obama , Arnold Schwarzenegger , Lou Correa , Tom Harman , Van Tran and Jose Solorio
May 2010

Rose Britt Lafollette, TN
Sent letter to Lincoln Davis , Barack Obama , Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker
May 2010

Greg Thomas Huntley, MT
Sent letter to Denny Rehberg , Barack Obama , Max Baucus , Jon Tester , Brian Schweitzer , William Glaser and Duane Ankney
May 10/2010

Denise DiFalco Fort Gratiot, MI
Sent letter to Candice Miller , Barack Obama , Carl Levin , Debbie Stabenow , Jennifer Granholm , Judson Gilbert and John Espinoza
May 05/2010

Earleen Austin Colton, CA
Sent letter to Dianne Feinstein , Barbara Boxer , Barack Obama and Arnold Schwarzenegger
May 05

Nancy Golubski Delavan, WI
Sent letter to David Price , Paul Ryan , Barack Obama , Russ Feingold , Neal Kedzie , Thomas Lothian , Stephen Nass , Chuck Benedict and Herb Kohl
May 05/2010

Paula Hodge Lancaster, CA
Sent letter to Buck McKeon , Kevin McCarthy , Dianne Feinstein , Barbara Boxer , Barack Obama , Arnold Schwarzenegger and George Runner
May 04/2010

Robert Tracy Lockport, IL
Sent letter to Judy Biggert , Dick Durbin , Barack Obama , Christine Radogno , Jim Durkin and Renee Kosel
May 31/2010

Patti Deever Fontana, CA
Sent letter to Joe Baca , Dianne Feinstein , Barbara Boxer , Barack Obama , Arnold Schwarzenegger , Gloria Negrete McLeod and Wilmer Carter
May 20/2010

Rosa Maddux Billings, MT
Sent letter to Denny Rehberg , Barack Obama , Max Baucus , Jon Tester , William Glaser , Wanda Grinde , Tom McGillvray , Kendall Van Dyk and Robyn Driscoll
May 20/2010

Tiesha Hill Redlands, CA
Sent letter to Jerry Lewis , Dianne Feinstein , Barbara Boxer , Barack Obama , Arnold Schwarzenegger , Bill Emmerson , Anthony Adams and Robert Dutton
May 19/2010

Robert Riley Rialto, CA
Sent letter to Joe Baca , Dianne Feinstein , Barbara Boxer , Barack Obama , Arnold Schwarzenegger , Gloria Negrete McLeod and Wilmer Carter
May 19/2010

cathy hill reno, NV
Sent letter to Dan Burton , Dean Heller , Barack Obama , Harry Reid , Maurice Washington , Ty Cobb , John Ensign , Debbie Smith and David Bobzien
May 2010

Kenneth Logsdon Bastrop, TX
Sent letter to Michael McCaul , Lloyd Doggett , Barack Obama , Kay Hutchison , Glenn Hegar and John Cornyn
May 2010

sherry vanavery greenwood, IN
Sent letter to Steve Buyer , Dan Burton , Barack Obama , Dick Lugar , Evan Bayh , R. Young , Patricia Miller , David Frizzell and Woody Burton
May 16/2010

Jan Logsdon Bastrop, TX
Sent letter to Michael McCaul , Lloyd Doggett , Barack Obama , Kay Hutchison , Glenn Hegar and John Cornyn
May/16/2010

Steve McFarland Las Cruces, NM
Sent letter to Jeff Flake , Barack Obama , Jeff Bingaman , Cynthia Nava , Mary Garcia , Antonio Lujan , Andrew Nunez , Jeff Steinborn and Mary Garcia
May 2010


Pamela Eller Lorane, OR
Sent letter to Peter DeFazio , Barack Obama , Ron Wyden , Paul Holvey , Floyd Prozanski , Jeff Merkley and Ted Kulongoski
Jun 12

sandie hampton dalton, GA
Sent letter to Nathan Deal , Johnny Isakson , Saxby Chambliss , Barack Obama , Sonny Perdue , Don Thomas , Tom Dickson , Roger Williams and Tom Weldon
Jun 11

Amy Austin fort worth, TX
Sent letter to Alcee Hastings , Kay Granger , Mike Burgess , Barack Obama , Kay Hutchison , Marc Veasey , Lon Burnam , John Cornyn and Mark Shelton
Jun 11

chrissey conn Crowley, TX
Sent letter to Vic Snyder , Joe Barton , Chet Edwards , Barack Obama , Kay Hutchison , Rob Orr , John Cornyn , Chris Turner and Mark Shelton
Jun 11

Brittany XOXO Colton, CA
Sent letter to Alcee Hastings , Kay Granger , Mike Burgess , Barack Obama , Kay Hutchison , Marc Veasey , Lon Burnam , John Cornyn and Mark Shelton
Jun 10

amy sexton crowley, TX
Sent letter to Vic Snyder , Joe Barton , Chet Edwards , Barack Obama , Kay Hutchison , Rob Orr , John Cornyn , Chris Turner and Mark Shelton
Jun 09

sherri marsak ignacio, CO
Sent letter to Tony Salazar , Barack Obama , Bill Ritter , Jim Isgar , Ellen Roberts , Mark Udall and Michael Bennet
Jun 09

robert riley crestline, CA

Jun 03

steve kav caldwell, NJ
Sent letter to Rodney Frelinghuysen , Barack Obama , Frank Lautenberg , Bob Menendez , Jon Corzine , Richard Codey , John McKeon and Mila Jasey
Jun 03

Gloria Salazar San Antonio, TX
Sent letter to Charlie Gonzalez , Ciro Rodriguez , Barack Obama , Kay Hutchison , Carlos Uresti , David Leibowitz , Joaquin Castro , Jose Menendez and John Cornyn
Jun 01
Ursula Armijo New Baltimore, MI
Sent letter to Candice Miller , Barack Obama , Carl Levin , Debbie Stabenow , Jennifer Granholm , Alan Sanborn and Jennifer Haase
Jun 14

LINDA KNOX SWEETWATER, TN
Sent letter to Jimmy Duncan , Zach Wamp , Barack Obama , Lamar Alexander , Bob Corker , Randy McNally , Jimmy Matlock , Mike Bell and Dennis Ferguson
Jun 13

Dixianne Hawks Chico, CA
Sent letter to Wally Herger , Dianne Feinstein , Barbara Boxer , Barack Obama , Arnold Schwarzenegger , Sam Aanestad , Hon. Jim Nielsen and Hon. Dan Logue
Jun 13

Denise Marhoefer The Juvenile Defender Muncie, IN
Sent letter to Mike Pence , Barack Obama , Dick Lugar , Evan Bayh , Mitch Daniels , Sue Errington , Dennis Tyler and Jack Lutz
Jun 13

Joyce Kelly Largo, FL
Sent letter to Bill Young , Mel Martinez , Bill Nelson , Barack Obama , Charlie Crist , Dennis Jones , James Frishe and Janet Long
Jun 13

Nicholas Ackley hoboken, NJ
Sent letter to Steve Rothman , Albio Sires , Barack Obama , Frank Lautenberg , Bob Menendez , Vincent Prieto , Joan Quigley , Caridad Rodriguez and Ruben Ramos
Jun 13

BONNIE LONG Long Beach, CA
Sent letter to Dianne Feinstein , Barbara Boxer , Barack Obama , Alan Lowenthal , Tom Harman , Jim Silva , Laura Richardson , Dana Rohrabacher and Hon. Bonnie Lowenthal
Jun 12

Donna ACeves Vacaville, CA
Sent letter to Ellen Tauscher , Dianne Feinstein , Barbara Boxer , Barack Obama , Arnold Schwarzenegger , Patricia Wiggins , George Miller , Hon. Mariko Yamada and Lois Wolk
Jun 12

Patricia Rodriguez Hawthorne, CA
Sent letter to Artur Davis , Maxine Waters , Jane Harman , Dianne Feinstein , Barbara Boxer , Barack Obama , Mike Davis , Curren Price , Ted Lieu and Rod Wright
Jun 12

Angela Caldwell Rochester, NY
Sent letter to Louise Slaughter , Barack Obama , Chuck Schumer , Jack Hill , Joseph Robach , James Alesi , Joseph Morelle , David Gantt and Dan Maffei
Jun 12

ricky howard north pole, AK
Sent letter to Don Young , Jo Bonner , Lisa Murkowski , Barack Obama , Joe Thomas , David Guttenberg , Michael Kelly , John Coghill , John Harris and Mark Begich
Jul 08

Diane Ward Sumter, SC
Sent letter to John Spratt , Jim Clyburn , Barack Obama , Jim DeMint , Lindsey Graham , J. Weeks , Philip Lowe , Grady Brown and Murrell Smith
Jul 02

Patricia Brown Riverside, CA
Sent letter to Ken Calvert , Dianne Feinstein , Barbara Boxer , Barack Obama , Arnold Schwarzenegger , Bill Emmerson , Kevin Jeffries , Robert Dutton and Hon. Brian Nestande
Jun 26

DeMarcus Ali Sears Jackson, GA
Sent letter to Jim Marshall , Lynn Westmoreland , Johnny Isakson , Saxby Chambliss , Barack Obama , David Knight , Steve Davis , Jim Cole and John Lunsford
Jun 23

Chris Jennen grand terrace, CA
Sent letter to Duncan Hunter , Dianne Feinstein , Barbara Boxer , Barack Obama , Arnold Schwarzenegger , Dennis Hollingsworth , Christine Kehoe , Joel Anderson and Hon. Nathan Fletcher
Jun 18

Shalyn Traylor Roseville, CA
Sent letter to Dianne Feinstein , Barbara Boxer , Barack Obama , Arnold Schwarzenegger , Dave Cox , Ted Gaines , Roger Niello and Tom McClintock
Jun 18

Lawrence Phipps Chico, CA
Sent letter to Wally Herger , Dianne Feinstein , Barbara Boxer , Barack Obama , Arnold Schwarzenegger , Sam Aanestad , Hon. Jim Nielsen and Hon. Dan Logue
Jun 18

Brenda Ridge New Rockford, ND
Sent letter to Don Young , Earl Pomeroy , Barack Obama , Kent Conrad , Byron Dorgan , Duane DeKrey , Robin Weisz , Ben Vig and Donald Vigesaa
Jun 18

Glenn Larkin Charlotte, NC
Sent letter to Sue Myrick , Mel Watt , Barack Obama , Richard Burr , James DeLeo , Jeff Barnhart , Linda Johnson , Larry Kissell and Kay Hagan
Jun 18

Selene Lawrence Cincinnati, OH
Sent letter to Vic Snyder , Jean Schmidt , Barack Obama , Sherrod Brown , Tyrone Yates , Dale Mallory , George Voinovich , Steve Driehaus and Connie Pillich
Jun 14


Darlene Grenier Lowell, MA
Sent letter to Mike Simpson , Barack Obama , Ted Kennedy , John Kerry , Colleen Garry , Thomas Golden , David Nangle , Kevin Murphy and Niki Tsongas
Jun 09

Annette Blankenship Colonial Heights, VA
Sent letter to Randy Forbes , Barack Obama , Jim Webb , Tim Kaine , Stephen Martin , Henry Marsh , Rosalyn Dance , M. Cox and Riley Ingram
Jun 03

LOUIS RENDON PASADENA, CA
Sent letter to David Dreier , Adam Schiff , Dianne Feinstein , Barbara Boxer , Barack Obama , Arnold Schwarzenegger , Gilbert Cedillo , Mike Eng and Anthony Portantino
Jun 01

sonny carter Eureka Springs, AR
Sent letter to Blanche Lincoln , Mark Pryor , Barack Obama , Mike Beebe , Randy Laverty , Bryan King and John Boozman
Jun 01

Savina Veselinova Sofia, Bulgaria
Sent letter to Dianne Feinstein , Barbara Boxer , Barack Obama and Arnold Schwarzenegger
Jun 01

Clay Adams Buffalo, NY
Sent letter to Louise Slaughter , Barack Obama , Chuck Schumer , Jack Hill , Joseph Robach , James Alesi , Joseph Morelle , David Gantt and Susan John
Jun 01

Sandra Ferreira Pelotas, RS, Brazil
Sent letter to Barack Obama , Kay Hutchison and John Cornyn
Jun 01

Faride Del Valle Barranquilla, Colombia
Sent letter to Ruben Hinojosa , Henry Cuellar , Barack Obama , Kay Hutchison , Juan Hinojosa , Ismael Flores , Veronica Gonzales and John Cornyn
Jun 01

Julie Greenspan San Diego, CA
Sent letter to Duncan Hunter , Susan Davis , Dianne Feinstein , Barbara Boxer , Barack Obama , Arnold Schwarzenegger , Christine Kehoe and Lori Saldana
Jun 01

Stephanie Casch miamisburg, OH
Sent letter to Michael Turner , Barack Obama , Sherrod Brown , George Voinovich , Ted Strickland , Tom Roberts , Shannon Jones , Clayton Luckie and Robert Schuler
May 28


Sourav Roy Kolkata / Mumbai, India
Sent letter to Richard Shelby , Jeff Sessions , Barack Obama and Bob Riley
May 06

Chris . Bayonne, NJ
Sent letter to Donald Payne , Albio Sires , Barack Obama , Frank Lautenberg , Bob Menendez , Joseph Cryan , Raymond Lesniak , Anthony Chiappone and L. Smith
May 06

jake wolfhart Peace Dude Capitan, NM
Sent letter to Barack Obama , Jeff Bingaman and Rod Adair
May 06

Leandro Coutinho San Francisco, CA
Sent letter to Nancy Pelosi , Dianne Feinstein , Barbara Boxer , Barack Obama and Arnold Schwarzenegger
May 06

Shobha Varma Trichur, KY
Sent letter to Barack Obama , Mitch McConnell , Jim Bunning and Steve Beshear
May 06

BALAKRISHNA VARMA Kensington, PA
Sent letter to Barack Obama , Arlen Specter , Bob Casey and Ed Rendell
May 06

Manuela Rodrigues New Jersey, NJ
Sent letter to Donald Payne , Barack Obama , Frank Lautenberg , Bob Menendez , Jon Corzine , Nicholas Scutari , Linda Stender and Jerry Green
May 05

Elizabeth Burke Edgewater, FL
Sent letter to Mel Martinez , Bill Nelson , Barack Obama , Charlie Crist , Evelyn Lynn and Dorothy Hukill
May 05

Tazzie Colorado Longmont, CO
Sent letter to Barack Obama , Bill Ritter , Brandon Shaffer , John Pommer , Paul Weissmann , Dan Gibbs and Claire Levy
May 04


Ginger Geronimo Birmingham, AL
Sent letter to Spencer Bachus , Artur Davis , Richard Shelby , Jeff Sessions , Barack Obama , Steve French , Linda Coleman , Owen Drake , Arthur Payne and Oliver Robinson
May 04

Lizzie Wylder chippewa falls, WI
Sent letter to Ron Kind , Dave Obey , Barack Obama , Russ Feingold , Pat Kreitlow , Jeffrey Wood and Herb Kohl
May 04

Edwin Bonilla Manassas, VA
Sent letter to Frank Wolf , Barack Obama , Jim Webb , Tim Kaine , Charles Colgan , Robert Marshall and Jackson Miller
May 04

Sharen York Anderson, IN
Sent letter to Mike Pence , Barack Obama , Dick Lugar , Evan Bayh , Mitch Daniels , Timothy Lanane , Terri Austin and Scott Reske
May 04

Franz Kurz Freudental, Germany
Sent letter to Tom Carper and Barack Obama
May 2010

Jennifer Hall Greeneville, TN
Sent letter to Barack Obama , Lamar Alexander , Bob Corker , Steve Southerland , Eddie Yokley , Mike Harrison and David Hawk
May 2010

Ainsley Jo Phillips Anderson, IN
Sent letter to Mike Pence , Barack Obama , Dick Lugar , Evan Bayh , Mitch Daniels , Timothy Lanane and Scott Reske
May 04/2010

karen ericson bothell, WA
Sent letter to Barack Obama , Patty Murray , Maria Cantwell , Christine Gregoire , Hans Dunshee , Mark Ericks and Al O'Brien
May 2010

BiLL Fowlie Harmony, ME
Sent letter to Michael Michaud , Barack Obama , Olympia Snowe , Susan Collins , John Baldacci , Douglas Smith , Douglas Thomas and Wright Pinkham
May 2010

Jaime Tamez Los Ranchos, NM
Sent letter to Jeff Flake , Barack Obama , Jeff Bingaman , Dede Feldman , Jimmie Hall , Rick Miera , Edward Sandoval , John Ryan and Gerald Ortiz y Pino
May 03/10


Julia Tawyea' Lake Ariel, PA
Sent letter to Chris Carney , Barack Obama , Arlen Specter , Bob Casey , Lisa Baker , Michael Peifer , Ken Smith , Edward Staback and Robert Mellow
May 26 2010

Tamra Herman Veblen, SD
Sent letter to Barack Obama , John Thune , Mike Rounds , Gary Hanson , Tim Johnson and Stephanie Herseth Sandlin
May 25 2010

Sharon Blasingame Sacramento, CA
Sent letter to Dan Lungren , Doris Matsui , Dianne Feinstein , Barbara Boxer , Barack Obama , Arnold Schwarzenegger , Dave Cox , Darrell Steinberg , Ted Gaines and Roger Niello
May 2010

Manny Cuellar Austin, TX
Sent letter to Michael McCaul , Lloyd Doggett , Barack Obama , Kay Hutchison , Steve Ogden , Mark Strama , Dawnna Dukes , John Cornyn and John Carter
May 2010

Rebecca McFarland Las Cruces, NM
Sent letter to Jeff Flake , Barack Obama , Jeff Bingaman , Cynthia Nava , Mary Garcia , Antonio Lujan , Andrew Nunez , Jeff Steinborn and Mary Garcia
May 16 2010

Joycey Berry Canton, NC
Sent letter to Heath Shuler , Barack Obama , Richard Burr , Joe Queen , Ray Rapp , R. Haire and John Snow
May 2011

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Harsh-Conditions-Young-Lifers

Lack of educational opportunities
“LWOPs cannot participate in many rehabilitative, educational, vocational training or other assignments available to other inmates with parole dates…. The supposed rationality is that LWOPs are beyond salvagability and would just be taking a spot away from someone who will actually return to society someday.”
– Darryl T. (pseudonym), youth offender serving life without parole in California

The federal government and the states should abolish the sentence of life without parole for crimes committed by children, Human Rights Watch said. Government officials responsible for youth offenders should reform confinement conditions to accommodate their particular vulnerabilities, needs, and capacities to mature, reflect upon the harm they have caused, and change.

“Because children are different, shutting the door to growth, development, and rehabilitation turns a sentence of life without parole into a punishment of excessive cruelty,” said Parker. “Youth offenders should be given a path to rehabilitation while in prison – not forced to forfeit their future.”
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Youth offenders commonly reported having thoughts of suicide, feelings of intense loneliness, or depression. Isolation was frequently compounded by solitary confinement. In the past five years, at least three youth offenders serving life without parole sentences in the United States have committed suicide.

The 47-page report, “Against All Odds: Prison Conditions for Youth Offenders Serving Life without Parole Sentences in the United States,” draws on six years of research, and interviews and correspondence with correctional officials and hundreds of youth offenders serving life without parole. Human Rights Watch found that nearly every youth offender serving life without parole reported physical violence or sexual abuse by other inmates or corrections officers.

Sexual and physical violence
“When I was young, it was disorienting and scary, like a fish thrown in water not knowing how to swim. Everyone seemed big and dangerous and threatening, I was challenged and intimidated a lot. Canines [sexual predators] stalked me, and at all times I expected to be attacked.”
– Tyler Y. (pseudonym), serving life without parole in Colorado
http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/01/02/us-harsh-conditions-young-lifers