Who Save this Child for Being Jailed for Life?


12-year-Old To Be Jailed For Life?

 By Change.org October 04, 2011 “Information Clearing House” — Cristian Fernandez is only 12 years old. And if Florida prosecutor Angela Corey has her way, he’ll never leave jail again. Cristian hasn’t had an easy life. He’s the same age now as his mother was when he was born. He’s a survivor of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. In 2010, Cristian watched his stepfather commit suicide to avoid being charged with abusing Cristian. Last January, Cristian was wrestling with his 2-year-old brother, David, and accidentally broke David’s leg. Despite this, their mother left Cristian with his brother again in March. While the two boys were alone, Cristian allegedly pushed his brother against a bookcase, and David sustained a head injury. After their mother returned home, she waited six hours before taking David to the hospital. David eventually died. Now Cristian is being charged with first degree murder — as an adult. He’s the youngest person in the history of his Florida county to receive this charge, and his next hearing is scheduled for tomorrow. Melissa Higgins works with kids who get caught up in the criminal justice system in her home state of New Hampshire. When she read about Cristian’s case, she was appalled — so she started a petition on Change.org asking Florida State’s Attorney Angela Corey to try Cristian as a child. Please sign Melissa’s petition immediately before Cristian’s hearing tomorrow. As part of his prosecution, Cristian has been examined by two different forensic psychiatrists — each of whom concluded that he was “emotionally underdeveloped but essentially reformable despite a tough life.” Cristian has already been through more than most of us can imagine — and now the rest of his life is in the hands of a Florida prosecutor who wants to make sure Cristian never leaves jail. The purpose of the juvenile justice system is to reform kids who haven’t gotten a fair shake. If Cristian is sent to adult prison, it will be more than a tragedy for him — it will also be a signal to other prosecutors that kids’ lives are acceptable collateral in the quest to be seen as “tough on crime.” Cristian’s next hearing is in just 24 hours. State’s Attorney Angela Corey needs to know that her actions are being watched — please sign the petition asking her not to try Cristian as an adult: http://www.change.org/petitions/reverse-decision-to-try-12-yo-cristian-fernandez-as-an-adult Thanks for being a change-maker, –

 Michael and the Change.org team

Nearly 12.000 Prisoners Join California Hunger Strike to End Torture Conditions


Nearly 12,000 Prisoners Join California Hunger Strike To End Torture Conditions

 By Jeffrey Kaye October 04, 2011 “The Public Record” — Please, read the whole article there or with InformationClearingHouse. Thank You

 According to a report published Saturday by Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity (PHSS), the Federal receiver’s office has indicated that “nearly 12,000 prisoners were on hunger strike, including California prisoners who are housed in out of state prisons in Arizona, Mississippi and Oklahoma.” This is the second hunger strike in less than four months, with prisoners at the Supermax Pelican Bay Prison and other California state prisons protesting the use of long-term solitary confinement, in addition to four other main demands, including provision of adequate and nutritious food, an end to administrative abuses (such as group punishments), and expansion, and in some cases provision, of “Constructive Programming and Privileges for Indefinite SHU Status Inmates.” But besides an end to state-sanctioned isolation, which amounts to torture, the most salient demand is an end to the hated “debriefing” system, which places inmates in solitary if prison officials determine they are “gang members.” As I noted in an article last July, determination of “gang” status includes “acquisition or exchange of personal or state property amounting to more than $50…. tattooing or possession of tattoo paraphenalia…. possession of $5 or mNearly 12,000 Prisoners Join California Hunger Strike To End Torture Conditions By Jeffrey Kaye October 04, 2011 “The Public Record” — According to a report published Saturday by Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity (PHSS), the Federal receiver’s office has indicated that “nearly 12,000 prisoners were on hunger strike, including California prisoners who are housed in out of state prisons in Arizona, Mississippi and Oklahoma.” This is the second hunger strike in less than four months, with prisoners at the Supermax Pelican Bay Prison and other California state prisons protesting the use of long-term solitary confinement, in addition to four other main demands, including provision of adequate and nutritious food, an end to administrative abuses (such as group punishments), and expansion, and in some cases provision, of “Constructive Programming and Privileges for Indefinite SHU Status Inmates.” But besides an end to state-sanctioned isolation, which amounts to torture, the most salient demand is an end to the hated “debriefing” system, which places inmates in solitary if prison officials determine they are “gang members.” As I noted in an article last July, determination of “gang” status includes “acquisition or exchange of personal or state property amounting to more than $50…. tattooing or possession of tattoo paraphenalia…. possession of $5 or more without authorization…. [and] refusal to work or participate in a program as assigned,” among others. Indeed, even refusal to submit to “debriefing,” i.e., interrogation of prisoners to get them to “snitch,” or give names of other “gang” members, is reason to label someone a gang member and put them in solitary indefinitely. The prisoners call this “snitch, parole, or die.” Nearly 12,000 Prisoners Join California Hunger Strike To End Torture Conditions By Jeffrey Kaye California prisons are a stinking mess, a scandal of gigantic proportions. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29295.htm ore without authorization…. [and] refusal to work or participate in a program as assigned,” among others. Indeed, even refusal to submit to “debriefing,” i.e., interrogation of prisoners to get them to “snitch,” or give names of other “gang” members, is reason to label someone a gang member and put them in solitary indefinitely. The prisoners call this “snitch, parole, or die.” Nearly 12,000 Prisoners Join California Hunger Strike To End Torture Conditions By Jeffrey Kaye California prisons are a stinking mess, a scandal of gigantic proportions.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29295.htm

The Weak Dark Underside


 
10.03.11 – 10:31 PM

The Weak Dark Underside

by Abby Zimet ALTERNET

No wonder they chose him to play God. The other day Morgan Freeman charged, entirely logically, that the right’s antipathy to Obama is “a racist thing.” This, after his righteous clash with 60 MinutesMike Wallace a few years back about Black History Month. Telling it like he sees it: a class act. 

Please, read more there: Alternet

For 26 Years, Dewey Bozella, Lived a Nightmare – But Now: Wow!


http://www.usatoday.com/sports/boxing/story/2011-09-29/dewey-bozella/50611984/1

 

For 26 years, Dewey Bozella lived a nightmare. • On Oct. 15, Bozella will get to live his dream. Bozella, who was released from Sing Sing (N.Y.) prison in 2009 after being wrongfully imprisoned for 26 years for a murder he did not commit, set out to realize that dream. He just wanted to be able to say he had one professional fight under his belt. Tough dream for a 52-year-old man.

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