Not a head line that we are used to seeing and maybe we wouldn't believe it even if we did. For a nation that stands for the civil rights of all people, the need to protect animals, water, trees, bugs and old buildings.....we FAIL when it comes to our children. We fail miserably! At the end of this article will be a video of children and Richard Ross (photo journalist on conditions in juvenile detention in America) in solitary confinement.
It was the hope of many juvenile justice advocates, attorneys and families, to see drastic reductions in sentences for those juveniles sentenced as adults and serving time in adult prisons. So far this has not been the case. yes, laws have changed in many states and sentencing structures have changed. On average sentences have gone from life without the possibility of parole to 25 years to life. SERIOUSLY?!?! The first opportunity these young people will receive is at 20 years. Take a fifteen year old youth with that kind of sentence and he will have served more time in prison that he had been alive at the time of the crime. He will have been educated and matured in prison which is destructive not reformative.
Where are our moral values? Why do we give more protection and attention to animal abuse then we do to the welfare, education and rehabilitation of young people? Why do we care more about the health and treatment of waters, parks and trees than we do our youth? Why are we not paying attention?
Have you looked into the eyes of these young people? They have endured pain, suffering, abuse and neglect. They have been raised in harsh places with insurmountable odds and given no survival tools that insures their future success. Are they not worth our time and attention? Aren't they our future? How can any human being with any kind of compassion and understanding of the need for conservation, renewal and human rights, stand by knowing that this happens to children everyday?
This nation is the laughing stock among civilized nations. We point our fingers at their misdeeds concerning Human Rights and they thumb their noses at us......knowing that we don't really care or we would take care of our own house first. It's just lip service....we don't care about our kids.....not in this nation.
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