Sometimes letters from humans in prison, entering prisons as children, are Poems…


Sometimes letters from humans in prison, entering prisons as children, are Poems…

How I wished to teach those hidden talents to write – not only sometimes but always.

Please, don´t shrink back watching & reading These lines, written by a Young Person who murdered as a youth.

Give him a Chance, please:

“Here, my life behind bars offers understanding for those of you who venture into ‘the life’ with no understanding of its consequences:

the adversity, the obstacles and the journey one must travel alone when the gavel is slammed, your cell is locked and the lights go out.

A Hole Within a Hole In a hole, within a hole, inside a prison is where I dwell- the Special Management Unit at USP Lewisburg.

Days to nights, nights to dawn.

I roll out my rack to the sight of nothing.

“How did I get here?”, I ask myself.

Is there anything I would have done different, you might want to ask

. Only a FOOL thinks not.

Trouble is in the fact that I am here and what I could’ve, I should’ve but didn’t…

The tiny space I call home allows me a few feet before I am at my door peeking out of a rectangular shaped window that permits a view to a blank tier and adjoining cells.

This particular prison was constructed in 1932. Its concealed conditions are inhumane and utterly unpleasant.

Anywhere but here, yet this it.

I take the bitter with the sweet and swallow that which destroys me innermore. When I go, will I return?

Already I am fearful of the future.

The number of those who reenter continues to climb.

First, I must make it home.

Wall to wall- hardly enough room to shape my physical- I push up as if the weight of the world rests heavily upon my shoulders.

When I can go no more, I go further, harder.

The associated matters, which modify my course of development provoke me to exert the force within.

One of the few positive pushes permissible and, for now, it’s this or staring at the walls in effort to impede the ever-tightening grip of this unilluminated dungeon.

From down the tier I hear the cries of another inmate.

Although I can place no face-


he wailed.

His sanity gone forever.

What he was going through I know so well.

Had I not been afraid of my cries falling on deaf ears, I too would holler

LET ME OUT!!! -“


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Summit to Bring Together Juvenile Justice Pros, Youthful Advocates

Children in Prison WHY THEY ARE THERE?

Summit to Bring Together Juvenile Justice Pros, Youthful Advocates

CJJ_Summit“Building the next generation of juvenile justice leaders” will be the focus of a two-day summit in Washington co-hosted by the nonprofit Coalition for Juvenile Justice and the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

The second annual Juvenile Justice Youth Summit, which begins Thursday, will bring together 130 youth advocates from throughout the nation and will feature remarks by CJJ Executive Director Marie Williams and OJJDP Administrator Robert Listenbee, who will also moderate a panel.

The summit is geared toward younger advocates who are involved in or aspire to become involved in juvenile justice-related work, Lisa Pilnik, deputy executive director of CJJ, told JJIE from her Washington office.

“We look at it as a way to cultivate youth engagement, youth leadership in juvenile justice,” Pilnik said. “Whether or not someone…

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OP-ED: Why Do We Need to Do This Work?

Children in Prison WHY THEY ARE THERE?

OP-ED: Why Do We Need to Do This Work?.

OP-ED: Why Do We Need to Do This Work?

Mark WernerAs Deputy Chief of the Cook Juvenile Probation and Court Services, I’m frequently asked about my work surrounding dual status youth — youth involved with both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Most often, I am asked why I feel there is a need to focus on this particular population of youth.

My answer is simple, although it is backed by decades of research indicating the complex challenges and unique characteristics of dual status youth, such as traumatic experiences, increased likelihood of being incarcerated and remaining incarcerated for longer periods, disparate treatment and representation of minority youth, and high rates of unaddressed mental health needs. Research supports the necessity for reform, but my reason for doing this work is Josh, Ricky, Shenese, Connor and…

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