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Today, growing numbers of 4th and fifth generation abused children are leading dysfunctional lives and finding themselves pregnant or felons at very young ages. Expelled from elementary school, pregnant in junior high and facing a criminal justice system before they are able to drive a car.

The cost to society in money and public health, education and safety is astronomical and the people policing, teaching and caring for these children are stuck in centuries old punishment models that guarantee perpetual pain and failure for everyone.

Boys get tough sentencing & are often charged as adults – sometimes at ages of 12 and under.  Nine year prison recidivism is reaching 90%.

Minnesota’s former Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz has stated that 90% of the youth in Juvenile Justice come through Child Protective Services and that “the difference between that poor child and a felon, is about eight years”.

Teen boys commit the majority of serious and violent crimes in America (the Ramsey County ACEs study proved that the majority of serious crimes are committed by juveniles from 3 to 4 percent of the families in that community.

Teen and preteen mom’s are locked up in prisons far from their children with little or no help to return to the family with improved living or parenting skills

Trauma doesn’t heal itself and America doesn’t provide much more than Prozac and policing for tortured 12 year olds.  The history of Riker’s Island demonstrates the cold hearted reality New York juveniles have lived with for decades.  

For an in depth and moving photo graphic look into incarcerated children in America’s Juveniles In Justice, check out Richard Ross

The worst visits are to moms locked up at Shakopee Valley Women’s prison.   Many were guilty of little more than being afraid of or in love with a drug dealer who gave them up under the kingpin laws (laws giving drug dealers reduced sentences for each person they would implicate in their crimes).

Most of these moms were young, saw little or no money from the kingpin , had a drug problem and lost their children forever.  Could there be a greater sadness for mom or the children?

Today in American, About a third of our 80 million children will be reported to child protective services by their 18th birthday.

Who wins?

Don’t blame the police, judges, social workers, teachers or foster parents.  It is we the people that have designed the rules, resources and training for the people that live with, work with, police and educate our nation’s children.

About a third of America’s 80 million children will be reported to child protective services by their 18th birthday. That is not true in any other industrialized nation.

The American punishment model pours resources into jails, prisons and bigger police forces at the expense of struggling families and troubled youth.  We expel more children from daycare and elementary schools than other industrialized nations.

We need to care about our children enough to put an end to the age old punishment model (making policing like the military) and implement the medical  industries well-proven ACEs Healing Model.  

Continued reading;


Beating children legally (what privatized detention centers do)

How do we value children in America?

Florida’s privatized group homes (prostituting 12 year olds – a video)  Not for the faint of heart

America’s Juvenile Injustice System | Marsha Levick – YouTube

Death in Red Lake (how Prozac failed Jeff Weise and 13 others he killed)

Juveniles in prison around the world (the photos of Richard Ross) These will move you

Tasering 12 year olds & expelling preschoolers

Making money on incarcerated 12 year olds (the American way)

Where do criminals come from?

Kids for Cash, the movie trailer (a documentary)

Why women go to prison (the awfulness of the kingpin laws & abandoned children)

9 year old jailed for not talking to violent wife beating father

Sheriff’s lobbying for Pre K (why do you think that is?)


Filling schools with cops and guns (one more community crime scene)

The mental health police of Texas (yes, it does work)

Can parents kill their children legally (it appears they can)

Where to invest in 21st century America (privatized prisons for youth are a giant new market)

Trying children as adults (let’s fill those prisons)

40 years for judges selling innocent children into privatized prisons (hanging is too good for them).

Recidivism approaching 80% in America (branded for life – what a criminal record means)

Police Shootings Are Now Inevitable

Can children be severely beaten legally (yes, if you are religious)

KARA’s Locked Up In America Children’s Edition Radio Interview

Are we nuts? (ignoring a mental health crisis) and why kids can’t escape it

Who has more rights; Women, children or dogs? (women since 1918, but the argument for dogs before children as enforcement of animal cruelty laws suggests that we value dogs a little bit more than other people’s children.

United Nations Rights of the Child Treaty (and why America is the only nation in the world not to sign it.


Lois Jergens murdered 4 year old Dennis & then adopted 4 more children (yes, she did move to do so).

Wish list for At Risk Youth

People accidently shot by children (more than you might think)

Children shot since Newtown as of March 2015

Law enforcement as a provider of mental health services (we are not trained for this)

Why 100 million Amercans have a criminal record


Worst Practices in America’s Justice System


11 & 12 year old girls charged as adults in Wisconsin (just wait til you’re 13!)


Hamline University State of the Child Summit



TEDx Violence against children – a family tradition

Racial injustice puts kids in an awful place


The race to incarcerate women (not good for the kids)

14 and 70 years for robbery (Wow Florida – that’s mean)



Punishing the mentally ill (it never works)


Is Juvenile Isolation Humane?


Criminalizing abused children


The worst states for juvenile injustice



How the absence of mandated reporters kills children



Children Of The Incarcerated; Collateral Damage


Juvenile-In-Justice Exhibit at UW Madison (if you can, go see it – I have, it’s powerful)

Jonathan Swift speaks to bigger prisons

On the way to prison or preteen pregnancy (by the numbers)


Prisons as public policy for child rearing

When America Quit Executing Juveniles (Texas didn’t)


Federal judge calls Mississippi’s privatized detention centers “a cesspool of unconstitutional and inhuman acts”


California Police I Hate Kids T Shirt Campaign




Judge beats disable daughter video


Ten year olds prosecuted as adults, arrested before their 23rd birthday (30% of American youth), those in prison are illiterate by big margins


Raised by the courts – we failed you.


Abuse at home, abused in school, Tasered by undertrained staff in detention.


The threats abused children face (a New Hampshire University study)



California Runs Out of Space For the Incarcerated


8 yr old tried as an adult?


Almost 70% of the serious and violent crime committed by juveniles in Ramsey County (and most serious and violent crime is committed by juveniles) was committed by children living in 2 to  4% of Ramsey county families.


80% of youth aging out are leading dysfunctional lives


100 years of Juvenile Justice at William Mitchell law school;


In 2004, 33 states held children and juveniles with mental illness I detention centers without any charges


Made crazy by the adults in his life; the story of Jeff Weise – the mass murderer of Red Lake

Unlearning child abuse (or go to prison)

Videos, photos & graphics:

Juvenile Injustice – YouTube


Oct 16, 2009 – Uploaded by Steve Nawojczyk

There is clear evidence when you put juveniles into a lock up with other juveniles, there are no winners …

Juveniles For Justice Presents: Youth Guide to the Juvenile Court …


Jun 3, 2014 – Uploaded by Juvenile Law Center

Juveniles for Justice, a program of Juvenile Law Center (www.jlc.org), provides opportunities for young people …

Arrested Development: Adolescent Development & Juvenile Justice …


Jul 18, 2016 – Uploaded by TEDx Talks

A 9th grader charged with assault for a spitball. A 12 year old sentenced to life in prison. These are the types of …

Richard Ross | Juvenile in Justice


(Often the juvenile court is in the same building as the detention center to protect kids from sight and sound exposure to adults.) My P.O. is having a placement meeting for me. My dad, mother, and grandmother visit. Sometimes my sister visits. She is 17. My dad and mom don’t live together. My mom lost custody a couple of …

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Juvenile in Justice – Documenting the incarceration of children in the U.S


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Juvenile InJustice – A Campaign of the Coalition for Engaged Education

Juvenile InJustice Fellowship

2018-2019 Fellowship WHO SHOULD APPLY Individuals who are passionate about juvenile and criminal justice system reform with lived experiences in the juvenile justice system and/or are current college students. Applicants should live in the Los Angeles area and be able to participate in monthly sessions, field …

Juvenile Injustice – The New York Times


May 11, 2007 – The United States made a disastrous miscalculation when it started automatically trying youthful offenders as adults instead of handling them through the juvenile courts. Prosecutors argued that the policy would get violent predators off the streets and deter further crime. But a new federally backed study …

Juvenile Injustice : The Journal of Ambulatory Care Management


by M Brookman – ‎2004

WHEN the United States’ juvenile justice system was created 100 years ago, policymakers sought to treat youthful offenders from the standpoint of a “kind and just parent:” they aimed to rehabilitate children and turn them into healthy and productive adults. Today, however, America’s youth are increasingly being abused, …

The Public Assault on America’s Children: Poverty, Violence, and …


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