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Nov 30, 2014 Justice Is Swift as Petty Crimes Clog Courts: Cases Adjudicated in Minutes or Less, Often Without Lawyers

QUOTE: Years of aggressive policing tactics and tough-on-crime legislation have flooded the American court system with misdemeanor cases—relatively small-time crimes such as public drunkenness, loitering or petty theft. The state courts that handle such charges often resemble assembly lines where time is in short supply, according to judges and lawyers who work in the courts. Many poor defendants, despite their right to court-appointed legal counsel, don’t get lawyers, and those who do often receive scant help in the rush to resolve cases.

Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ)
Aug 19, 2011 Deal Frees ‘West Memphis Three’ in Arkansas

QUOTE: While many were convinced of the guilt of Mr. Echols, the alleged ringleader, others were immediately skeptical, believing he was singled out for being an outsider in a small town.

New York Times
Apr 23, 2011 What About American Girls Sold on the Streets?

QUOTE: So even when they’re 14 years old, we often arrest and prosecute them — even as the trafficker goes free... Homegrown American girls are also trafficked, and they deserve sympathy and social services — not handcuffs and juvenile detention. 

New York Times
Apr 20, 2011 Boot camp in Malaysia for effeminate boys slammed

QUOTE: An education department in one Malaysian state is sending effeminate boys to a boot camp to change their behavior… Donna Guest, deputy director of the Asia-Pacific program at Amnesty International, deplored the action, which "feeds into gender stereotyping and homophobia."

CNN (Cable News Network)
Apr 20, 2011 Juvenile Killers in Jail for Life Seek a Reprieve

QUOTE: Teenagers deserved more lenient treatment than adults because they are immature, impulsive, susceptible to peer pressure and able to change for the better over time… Tammy Lotts said race figured in her stepson’s trial.

New York Times
May 18, 2010 Supreme Court restricts life without parole for juveniles

QUOTE: Juveniles may not be sentenced to life in prison without parole for any crime short of homicide, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday, expanding its command that young offenders must be treated differently from adults even for heinous crimes.

Washington Post
Mar 29, 2010 9 Teenagers Are Charged After Classmate’s Suicide

QUOTE: It is not clear what some students at South Hadley High School expected to achieve by subjecting a freshman to the relentless taunting described by a prosecutor and classmates. Certainly not her suicide. And certainly not the multiple felony indictments...

New York Times
Mar 24, 2010 Mobs Are Born as Word Grows by Text Message

QUOTE: so-called flash mobs have taken a more aggressive and raucous turn [in Philadelphia] as hundreds of teenagers have been converging downtown for a ritual that is part bullying, part running of the bulls: sprinting down the block, the teenagers sometimes pause to brawl with one another, assault pedestrians or vandalize property.

New York Times
Feb 18, 2010 Girl's arrest for doodling raises concerns about zero tolerance

QUOTE: "We are arresting them at younger and younger ages [in cases] that used to be covered with a trip to the principal's office, not sending children to jail," said Emma Jordan-Simpson, executive director of the Children's Defense Fund, a national children's advocacy group.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Sep 28, 2009 Supreme Court to consider juvenile 'lifers:' Does life without parole for minors who didn't kill constitute cruel and unusual punishment?

QUOTE: At issue [in a future Supreme Court case] is whether it is cruel and unusual punishment to imprison a minor until he or she dies when the crime does not involve murder.

Los Angeles Times
Aug 24, 2009 Report Cites Abuse at State Juvenile Prison Centers

QUOTE: Children at four juvenile detention centers in New York were so severely abused by workers that it constituted a violation of their constitutional rights, according to a report by the United States Department of Justice made public on Monday.

New York Times
May 17, 2009 After a Sensational Crime, a Trial Marked by Quiet

QUOTE: ...[the] French are essentially unable to follow the courtroom drama [of a high profile murder case] because of a law that bans the public and the media from trials that involve minors.

New York Times
Jan 08, 2009 Latinos Recall Pattern of Attacks Before Killing

QUOTE: While some Latino immigrants say they are reluctant to report crimes because they are in the country illegally or fear the police will assume they are, they and their advocates believe the police did not see a pattern because they did not want to see one. “I told people, here the authorities are waiting for a white to kill a Hispanic or a Hispanic to kill a white,” Mr. Orellana said. “They keep attacking and robbing, and nothing changes. There had to be a death...

New York Times
Sep 04, 2007 Residents: Nooses spark school violence, divide town

QUOTE: The case is getting international media attention -- a buzz that has drawn the NAACP and civil rights stalwarts such as the Rev. Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King III -- but many in Jena are skeptical the boys can get a fair trial.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Aug 24, 2006 County criticized: Teen's parents consider lawsuit

QUOTE: "You just don't send your teenager down to the police without a lawyer," counsels Heilberg. "It's more important for a teenager than an adult to have a lawyer. Teenagers are such easy pickings because they'll say anything." And with zero-tolerance policies, an adolescent could find himself kicked out of school even without being convicted of a crime.

Aug 16, 2006 Teenagers to serve time - after football: Kenton athletes caused wreck that seriously injured 2 others; judge delays 60-day sentences

QUOTE: Two teenagers who pulled a stunt last winter that left a man physically disabled and his friend brain-damaged will each spend 60 days in juvenile detention, but not before they finish the upcoming high-school football season.

Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)
Aug 04, 2006 Mayor's tough tack on crime stirs up racial sensitivities

QUOTE: Mr. Melton's even engaged in racial profiling, critics say. The American Civil Liberties Union cites complaints that people have been pulled over based on their race and searched without cause. The twist: Melton is black.

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 20, 2006 Council Approves Earlier Curfew

QUOTE: Seeking to combat a surge in violent crime, the D.C. Council approved an emergency bill that would impose a 10 p.m. curfew on youths younger than 18 years old, give police immediate access to some confidential juvenile records and install surveillance cameras in residential neighborhoods for the first time.

Washington Post
Jul 14, 2006 School Cellphone Ban Violates Rights of Parents, Lawsuit Says

QUOTE: The parents argue, in papers filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, that the ban is so broad and blunt that it violates their constitutional right as parents to keep their children safe and to raise them in the way they see fit.

New York Times
Mar 01, 2005 Death Penalty for Juveniles Struck Down

QUOTE: The Supreme Court, in a landmark death penalty decision, today barred executions of people under 18 years of age at the time of their crimes. By vote of 5-to-4, the court said in a case from Missouri that there is now a "consensus" in American society that juveniles, along with the mentally retarded, are "less culpable" for their crimes because they lack sound judgment.

Washington Post
Jul 20, 2004 High Court Asked to End Executions Of Minors

QUOTE: A broad array of individuals and groups... urged the Supreme Court yesterday to declare that it is unconstitutional to execute people for crimes they committed before turning 18. The United States is one of five countries that execute juvenile offenders...

Washington Post
Nov 12, 2003 Parents of teen who set school ablaze billed; $715,000 tab stirs liability questions

QUOTE: ...parents of a teen who set fire to Howell High School last year must pay $715,000 in restitution is raising questions about the limits of parental liability in criminal cases.

Detroit Free Press
May 07, 2003 For more black girls, a violent cycle

QUOTE: The striking increase over the last decade in the rates at which young African-American women are both victims of violence and involved in the criminal-justice system is setting off alarms, spurring research, and drawing attention to the cultural needs of young black girls.

Christian Science Monitor
Feb 22, 2003 Sex predator label can be put on kids for life

QUOTE: In the past, state police did not consider a juvenile a "sexual predator"--a term that signifies someone is a threat to public safety and requires them to register with police when he or she moves to a new home and check in every 90 days after that.

Chicago Tribune
Jan 20, 2003 Courts Put Girls on the Stand in Alabama

QUOTE: Teenage girls in Alabama who want an abortion without a parent's permission must go to juvenile court first, to get permission from a judge.

New York Times
Dec 01, 2002 New Light on Jogger's Rape Calls Evidence Into Question

QUOTE: [In a high profile New York City rape case in 1989]...the confessions have been the subject of high-volume contention, with charges from the defense that the teenagers were coerced or tricked into confessing...

New York Times
Oct 06, 2002 Boys' Case Is Used in Bid to Limit Trials of Minors as Adults

QUOTE: Some criminal justice experts said race was indeed a factor in public reaction to cases involving violent child offenders.

New York Times
Aug 21, 2002 Father Steals Best: Crime in an American Family

QUOTE: Despite this statistical evidence, until very recently states paid little attention to the family cycle of crime...

New York Times
Aug 01, 2002 Opposition to Dangerous Senate RAVE Act Grows

QUOTE: The bill at the center of debate is the Reducing American's Vulnerability to Ecstasy Act (RAVE Act). If enacted, business owners could face severe fines and long prison sentences if they fail to prevent customers from using or selling drugs on their premises or at their concerts or other events.

Drug Policy Alliance
Dec 27, 2001 When the Kid's in Cuffs, What's a Parent to DO? What Might Seem Like the End of Your World May Really Be the Start of His Shaping Up

QUOTE: "This is a detective down at the Reston district station -- we've got your daughter in custody." There must be some mistake. Your life flashes before your eyes.

Washington Post