Tuesday, 22 April 2014

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

Read the stories at https://medium.com/solitary-lives. 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.http://www.cironline.org

Produced and directed by Michael I Schiller

Illustrations by Anna Vignet

Animation directed by Zachary Medow

Reporters Daffodil Altan and Trey Bundy

Day one of a fact taken from the Davontae Sanford case

Day one of a fact taken from the Davontae Sanford case. Davontae was a fourteen year old mentally diminished child who went to the murder scene over on Runyon Street in Detroit as a curious onlooker. Homicide officers at the scene immediately took him into custody at the scene when Davontae inquired what was going on. They then took him INSIDE the home! Showed him where each of the bodies were found; then took him to police headquarters where an officer drew a sketch of the crime scene pinpointing the bodies' locations in the house and had Davontae initial his name next to each of the bodies. It was a perfect setup! in court the prosecutor and DPD presented the sketch as Davontaes and argued he had to be the killer because he initialed the OFFICERS sketch. Slap your face! Did you miss what I just said? I can hear the chorus of you wolves now blaming Davontae for initialing the sketch. You missed he facts however - as always. He initialed a sketch of what he saw; not what he did. Don't you find it strange for an officer to take someone to the murder scene inside the house? It's one thing to find a suspect at the scene but quite another to walk him into it. This is all a matter of public record in the appeals. Tomorrows fact issue: The bogus confession. And for those who don't know better yes there are bogus confessions-one of the issues Davontae won in appeal.

Roberto Guzman

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Who is Davontae Sanford?

Who is Davontae Sanford? He is Detroit's Forgotten Child. Innocence raped in the grips of overzealous cops and a prosecutor who doesn't give a damn about justice or innocence. She wants Detroit to forget Davontae!! To ignore her great evil misdeeds and sweep the case under the carpet. And your silence has made it all possible Detroit. Until it happens to your child - of course. BUT she suffered a MAJOR defeat at the Michigan Court of Appeals when that court granted Davontae relief on every issue he raised but one; namely whether Private Investigator Linda Boris can testify as to the details of the murders that Vincent Smothers confided in her --as he has to CNN; the Associated Press; his attorney and last but not least to Detroit Homicide investigators. Davontae cross-appealed that issue at the Supreme court. Smothers wants to confess on the record to clear Davontae for the four murders he did not commit. What does Smothers have to gain by confessing to a crime that he knows will get him a mandatory life sentence? Nothing! But Kym Worthy has a lot to lose if he does. Millions of dollars in civil liability and her integrity (which isn't much) for WRONGFULLY convicting that young boy! And Detroit? You are okay with this? Well we can't wait for sleepers to wake up from a dream. Fortunately one appeals court made up of all conservative judges by the way ruled in Davontaes favor. The prosecutor appealed that decision to the Michigan Supreme Court where we are now in a,wait and see hold for the high court. I am cautiously optimistic however that given the fact the three judge panel who ruled in Davontaes favor were all conservatives the state high court which is majority conservative will deny Worthy's appeal. And then the ugly court battle will begin. She will NOT be able to stop Smothers from confessing on the record and convince the trial judge to sustain Davontaes convictions. There are many lawyers on both sides. Smothers will flip her case upside down and she knows it. Hence her reason for fighting to stop him. Treacherous and devious she is.

Roberto Guzman

Kim Worthy ---> (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kym_Worthy)

Friday, 4 April 2014

Devonte Miller: 2014 CDF-Minnesota Beat the Odds® Scholarship Recipient

DeVonte never knew his father. Before high school, he got arrested and sent to a juvenile justice facility. By tenth grade, he had two children and experienced homelessness. However, determined not to follow in his father's footsteps, DeVonte turned his life around. Today, he is a graduating senior and with the help of teachers at St. Paul's Gordon Parks High School, he is beating the odds. He is a captain of the basketball team and his peers look up to him on and off the court. DeVonte has a 3.9 GPA and plans to study communications and psychology. DeVonte is a 2014 Children's Defense Fund Minnesota Beat the Odds scholarship recipient. Learn more about program http://bit.ly/IJS8hg.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Beyond Scared Straight: Female Teens Meet Inmates and See The Jail Envir...

In this scene from the episode Douglas County, GA: A Family's Loss, the female teens meet face-to-face with the female inmates and witness the jail environment firsthand.

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Beyond Scared Straight: A Teen's Brother is Murdered 8 Days After Jail T...

In this scene from the episode Douglas County, GA: A Family's Loss, a teen girl regresses to her old ways when her brother is senselessly murdered shortly after the jail tour.

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Beyond Scared Straight: Teen Group Meets a Teenage Inmate (S6, E2)

In this scene from the episode Douglas County, GA: A Family's Loss, the teens meet a 17-year-old inmate and confront the reality that they could be in the same position if they don't change their ways.

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