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Good people of America......Educate and protect yourself and your children.

Our nation's children(under 18) are under seize. They are being held at zero tolerance levels in schools, infractions of the smallest mistakes, sometimes leads them facing officials, many under arrest, waivering their constitutional and miranda rights, many are questioned without an attorney and investigations are NOT videotaped from the very beginning of questioning these children. Many young children have been arrested for an alleged crime, have been tried, convicted and sentenced as an adult, even at the very tender ages of 12, 13 yrs of age. The development of a person's brain has not completely developed, matured, until in their early twenties.

This is not a call of guilt or innocence, but the fact that children of this nation are being tried as an adult, they clearly are not. Children under 18, by law, are not allowed to do many things, IE, get a tattoo, buy a car, cigarettes, watch x rated movies, get a job, sign a contract, etc, ALL of the amenities of an ADULT, yet if one gets into some trouble or commits an alleged crime, the officials seems to automatically waive their case up to adult court immediately. Some state laws dictates the case to go to adult court first, then the defense attorney has to petition the court to have the case remanded back to juvenile courts. Many children have been given long, harsh sentences, many with life and/or life without any possible chance of parole, due to the fact that state laws are written to treat children with adult sanctions, for the same crime, as if an adult committed the crime.

Laws must and need to be changed, reformed, governing "children". State laws statures, exception of about two states, dictate the definition of "child"/"juvenile", which is one who is under 18 yrs of age. Far too many children have met their doom in prison "forever" without any chance of parole, for a mistake allegedly made when ONLY a child. No chances, NO redemptions, NO counseling, NO rehabilitive efforts ever offered these children, leaving them to die off in prison.

This is indeed, a direct violation of their constitutional amendments of "cruel and inhumane" treatment. If, in fact, punishment is due, punishment is/should be administered in a juvenile detention facility, along with compassion, mercy, and a chance for these children to become productive members of society. So many children never had a chance, and are dead, died behind bars, just awaiting for their trial date.

Has America become so cold, so callous, so unforgiving, so uncaring, so unwilling, as not to, at the very least reinvestigate the existing laws governing these children.

IE. Tyler Edmonds(13)MS....talked into making a false confession, later recanted his story, but tried, convicted and sentence, as an adult to life in prison.

Krista McDaniel(15)SC..in the wrong place at the wrong time, did not murder anyone........Sentenced as an adult...30 yrs without parole.

John Silva(14)FL..tried, convicted, sentenced as an adult, to LIFE WITHOUT ANY CHANCE OF PAROLE, for the demise of a playmate.

Rebecca Falcon(15)(FL)being in wrong place at wrong time, tried, convicted, sentenced, as an adult to LIFE WITHOUT ANY CHANCE OF PAROLE.

A few of thousands of cases of children facing NO hope, but only to die in prison.

Tho victims in these cases are never forgotten, these children were and are victims also, victims of the so called "justice system". The present day laws are surely contributing to the destruction of our nation's children.
Children do deserve a chance to redeem themselves, a chance of becoming a productive member of society, instead of destroying them. This act is a crime, within itself.

Law reform for juveniles in this country is a must/imperative if we, as Americans, ever count on having leaders of tomorrow.

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Latest Signatures

  • 28 November 2015150. Linn I
    I support this petition
  • 19 November 2015149. Rachel Carr
    Cant believe this one! we are in the uk where this just wouldnt happen
  • 03 October 2015148. Rebecca W
    I support this petition
  • 11 September 2015147. Emma Mcmahon
    I am Emma I am in the uk I am 8 years old
  • 04 July 2015146. Nicole R
    I support this petition
  • 13 March 2015145. Cindy C
    America's Youth: Endangered
  • 05 March 2015144. Myndi S
    I support this petition
  • 09 February 2015143. Denise G
    Children deserve a 2nd chance
  • 01 February 2015142. Foye B
    I support this petition
  • 09 December 2014141. Jeffrey F
    Reform juvenile laws and give young people a chance to be rehabilitated.
  • 04 November 2014140. Rich C
    Double standards of any kind are destructive to the society. This is one.
  • 18 October 2014139. Pam T
    I support this petition
  • 05 September 2014138. Cindy C
    Prevailing life sentences on children is an abomination - a crime in itself - and a shame upon a civilized society. Stop the madness. Treat juvenile offenders as the children they are.
  • 18 August 2014137. Kelley P
    I support this petition
  • 24 July 2014136. Stacey M
    I do not agree with children waiving their "Miranda" rights without counsel present, I don't agree with children being tried as "ADULTS" and I certainly don' t agree with children being given such harsh punishments as "LONG TERM PRISON SENTENCES".....Chil
  • 09 July 2014135. Robert Jm
    I support this petition
  • 07 July 2014134. Nicole R
    I support this petition
  • 22 June 2014133. Joanna Md
    How is it not considered cruel and unusual punishment to send our children to adult prisons where they will be victimized by predators, prison gangs, etc.? Those of them who do have potential for rehabilitation will never have a chance being tried and con
  • 22 June 2014132. Pamela K
    Children deserve justice tempered with mercy and compassion. Children can't be adults.
  • 18 June 2014131. Richard M
    I support this petition
  • 17 May 2014130. Glenda M
    I support this petition
  • 02 March 2014129. S S
    I support this petition
  • 19 February 2014128. Angela B
    Children are tried as adults, but are often given more severe punishments than an adult would get. This has to change.
  • 05 February 2014127. Valerie D
    I support this petition
  • 27 December 2013126. Susan F
    Treat children as children NOW!
  • 04 December 2013125. Teresa Walsh
    I support this petition
  • 26 November 2013124. Bill F
    Children need rehabilitation... not life sentenes without parole!

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