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.