Monday, 14 November 2016

You Have the Right to Remain Silent – California Bill Strengthens Mirand...

Take Action: Currently in California, children—no matter how young— can waive their Miranda rights. When law enforcement conducts a custodial interrogation, they are required to recite basic constitutional rights to the individual, known as Miranda rights, and secure a waiver of those rights before proceeding. The waiver must be voluntarily, knowingly, and intelligently made. Miranda waivers by juveniles present distinct issues. Recent advances in cognitive science research have shown that the capacity of youth to grasp legal rights is less than that of an adult. This is especially true for very young, developmentally disabled, or cognitively delayed children, and for those with mental health problems.

Sunday, 13 November 2016


Join the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth in raising awareness about the need for age-appropriate accountability measures for children by sharing the hashtag #NoChildIsBornBad. Watch as our very own Xavier McElrath-Bey explains what #NoChildIsBornBad means to him. 


Thursday, 3 November 2016

What it’s like to start over after spending your teen years in jail

As teenageers, Vaughn Brown and Ivan Mayo were incarcerated at Rikers Island, where they confronted danger from fellow inmates, solitary confinement and their own thoughts. The two have vowed to never go back to jail. But being branded a felon can make restarting one’s life a major challenge. Brown and Mayo give their Brief But Spectacular takes on being in jail and getting out.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Locked Up In A Philippine Jail Cell

Scott was detained in the Muntinlupa City jail in metropolitan Manila for 5 long years. Again I repeat he was simply detained. No trial was ever held.

Scott's ordeal began after he had words with a neighbor whom he accused of traumatizing one of his children. Scott then filed legal papers against the neighbor. 
In retaliation against Scott, the neighbor filed legal papers against Scott and accused him of rape. The PNP(Philippine National Police) arrested Scott immediately and detained him.

McMahon, who has two children with his Filipino fiancee, had been detained since April 7, 2011. Scott holds the dubious distinction of the foreign national who has been held the longest in detention with no formal trial or hearing.

Scott's mother Shelley Campanella, began a social media campaign to free her son. Websites demanding his release and requesting donations for legal help sprung up. Facebook, and other media formats were used as well.

Shelley hired lawyers and also appealed to the united Nations but to no avail.

Miraculously, On August 2, 2016 a judge reviewed evidence in the case and the evidence was flimsy and orders Scott to be released.

I review the conditions of a Philippine Jail and encourage viewers on how to relate with Filipinos regarding disputes.

When a Filipino or Filipina has been shamed and lost face, they will go to any length to retaliate.

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Thursday, 9 June 2016

Davontae Sanford speaks after getting out of jail

Davontae Sanford is speaking out after getting out of prison.

Prosecutor Kym Worthy stands by decision in the case of wrongfully convi...

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy says she stands by her decision in the case of Davontae Sanford, the man wrongfully convicted of murder as a teenager.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Hit Man Confession Finally Frees Teen Convicted of 4 Murders

A Judge has ordered the immediate release of Davontae Sanford, a man who falsely plead guilty to 4 murders at the age of 14. Echoing similarities of HBO’s Making a Murderer Sanford's confession was found to be coerced by authorities. It was also uncovered that perjury occurred by former Detroit Police Deputy Chief James Tolbert who falsely testified that Davontae Sanford drew a diagram of the crime scene in its entirety, including the locations of the victims bodies. When authorities reexamined the case they found hitman Vincent Smothers gave a sworn affidavit claiming he killed the four people slain in a known drug house, including the location of a murder weapon, two weeks after the crime was committed. Smothers is currently serving prison time for eight unrelated murders. Once Sanford is released on bond, all charges will be eventually dropped. An investigation into the actions of the police officers involved is currently underway. Watch as Margaret J. Howell and Nik Zecevic discuss the release of Davontae Sanford on the Lip News.

Davontae Sanford released from prison after being wrongly convicted of m...

Davontae Sanford released from prison after being wrongly convicted of murder at age 14.

Free Man After 9 Years In Prison

For nine years, Davontae Sanford has been incarcerated for the murder of four people at a Detroit drug house. He was just 14 in September 2007 when police found him in his pajamas near the crime scene, and after two days of interrogations, announced that he had confessed. But on Wednesday, Sanford is expected to walk out of prison a free man. Prosecutors acknowledge the now-23-year-old had known the truth all along: He didn't do it. Related: ACLU Fights For Juveniles Facing Life Without Parole "Justice was not done (initially), but justice was done today," state assistant public defender Valerie Newman told NBC affiliate WDIV on Tuesday, when a Wayne County judge ordered Sanford's release.

Detroit Man Falsely Imprisoned Since 2007 Released

Years after a professional hitman claimed responsibility for the killings, a Detroit man who pleaded guilty to a quadruple homicide at 14 is expected to walk free from prison on Wednesday.
Now 23, Davontae Sanford has been incarcerated since 2007 for the fatal shootings of four people at a Detroit drug den. Pointing to not just the subsequent confession by another man but also crucial flaws made by Sanford’s original lawyer, lawyers and advocates have been claiming his innocence for seven years.
The night of the murders, Sanford conversed with police officers and, according to his attorneys’ brief, was told by cops that “you better tell us what you know”. He was 14 at the time, blind in one eye and developmentally disabled.
Sanford was then transported to a police station, where he gave officers a confession that, his attorneys wrote last year, included “no accurate facts about the killings whatsoever other that the information that his interrogator already knew."
Only two weeks after Sanford was sent to prison, Vincent Smothers, a self-described hitman, confessed to Detroit police investigators that he orchestrated and committed the murders.

Davontae Sanford to be released from prison

Davontae Sanford to be released from prison

Sanford to be released

A man who has spent years in prison for murder is set to be released.

Prosecutor Ends Detroit Man's 4 Murder Convictions

On Tuesday, June 7th, At 14, Davontee Sanford was convicted and sentenced to 90years for a quadrople homicide. Nearly nine years later the case has chargers brought against Sanford have been overturned with new evidence pointing to a professional killing.Dykema Gossett law firm, which represented Sanfords appeal, released a statement saying "In April 2008, two weeks after Sanford's sentencing, a professional hit man, Vincent Smothers, confessed to the Runyon Street killings and eight additional murders,"

Monday, 6 June 2016

The System - Juvenile Justice

Should a court decide if a child is sentenced to life imprisonment without parole?

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Free Davontae Sanford Time For Change Bring Me Home Enough Is Enough JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED!

Free Davontae Sanford Time For Change Bring Me Home Enough Is Enough JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED! ‪#‎Justice4DavontaeSanford‬ ‪#‎Detroit‬ ‪#‎WrongfullyConvicted‬ ‪#‎JUSTICEDAVONTAE‬ ‪#‎Justilewillprevail‬ ‪#‎Timetocomehome2016‬
‪#‎DavontaeSanford‬ #684070-Marquette Branch Prison-1960 U.S.Hwy 41 South -Marquette,Mi-49855 pleasewrite&showsupport

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Should Teens be Sentenced to Life Without Parole? Inmate Speaks Out - Cr...

Currently in Colorado about 50 inmates, including Erik Jensen, are serving life without parole for crimes they committed as teenagers.

Colorado lawmakers approved a measure on May 10 allowing convicted murders who committed crimes when they were juveniles the ability to receive a parole hearing.

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

What Prison is Like for Davontae in Maximum Security

2 men burst into a house in a Detroit neighborhood where 4 men were watching Monday Night Football and shot them all to death. When the police arrived to begin their investigation, they saw 14 year old Davontae Sanford in his pajamas in the crowd of people wondering why the cops were there. They pinned the murders on him and he's serving 40 years in maximum security prison. Help us free him by sharing this video. Another man confessed to the murders 6 years ago and led police to the murder weapon. For Davontae to still be in prison is unconscionable. Join us in our efforts to free this innocent young man. In this video, Valerie Newman tells what life is like for Davontae in prison. It is very difficult. Share this video so others will know and the pressure on these corrupt cops and prosecutors will increase to the point where they can't cover it up any longer. 

Scroll down for the links to friend Davontae on facebook, friend his mom and send her your best wishes and click on the link to sign the petition to draw attention to this injustice.

Write to Davontae in Prison
Inmate #684070
Ionia Maximum Correctional Facility
1576 West Blue Water Hwy
Ionia, MI 48846

Monday, 21 March 2016

Corrupt Cops Don't Want You to Share This Video

Police were investigating a murder near his house, a 14 year old
mentally challenged boy went out in his pajamas and asked the police
what was going on. They took him in for questioning, railroaded him into
a confession, and he was sentenced to 40 years in prison. A few months
later a notorious Detroit hit man confessed to the murder and told the
cops where the murder weapon was. They recovered it. For some reason,
the 14 year old is still in prison. Its been many years. His family
would like you to share this video so he can get out of jail. You can
help an innocent man.
Scroll down for the links to friend Davontae on
facebook, friend his mom and send her your best wishes and click on the
link to sign the petition to draw attention to this injustice.

Write to Davontae in Prison
Inmate #684070
Ionia Maximum Correctional Facility
1576 West Blue Water Hwy
Ionia, MI 48846

Another good link:

Thursday, 3 March 2016

The Box: Teens in Solitary Confinement in U.S. Jails, Prisons and Juveni...

The Box" was nominated for a national News and Documentary Emmy in 2015.
Every year, thousands of teens are placed in solitary confinement cells
in juvenile halls, jails and prisons nationwide. This animation tells
the story of Ismael "Izzy" Nazario and the time he spent in solitary
confinement in New York City's Rikers Island jail. This story is based
on an investigation by The Center for Investigative Reporting and was
created using real audio from an interview with Nazario. It features
music from Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, and is part of a
larger investigation on juveniles in solitary confinement.

Produced and directed by Michael I Schiller

Illustrations by Anna Vignet

Animation directed by Zachary Medow

Reporters Daffodil Altan and Trey Bundy