Amun-Ra : Youth Violence (Tick Tock)

Mike Ramey

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Some wrongs CAN be corrected...

Ra: Can't help but to post this one too.

IF a child has a juvenile record, and are NOW over the age of 18 and have committed no new criminal acts, THEY can petition the court to have their juvenile records 'expunged', meaning 'wiped off the books'.

The Expungement process differs from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. However, in some cases it is wise for the juvenile to hire private counsel to help make sure everything...including the arrests...are wiped off the books.

What I find is that there are young men and women in their 20s walking around with juvenile records but have learned the lesson. I encourage them to find out how to get their juvenile records expunged and wiped off the books.

Again, check out www.nolo.com for more information. But the bottom line is that a juvenile record differs from an adult record, provided the juvenile is not 'waived' into the adult system for serious crimes...

1) A juvenile is NOT found guilty of a crime, they are found to be adjudicated delinquent...and found TRUE. Thus, while they have been arrested, they were NOT convicted of a crime.

2) Diversion programs are available but one must fight to get into them by NOT fighting with those in the system. The juvenile's attitude will determine whether or not those in charge of the diversion process will let them in.

3) And this is the key...many juveniles KNOW who's in trouble with the system, and who is not. THEY need to share that information with their parents. Together the two need to take action that the child stay away from the kids.

Last example. Earlier this year, the 17 year old son of a friend of ours was ALLOWED to 'sign out' of school by the parent. The 17 year old, while running around with another 17 year old was accused of Robbing a local business. Well, the friend of this kid 'rolled over' on him, and got released from jail...leaving the 17 year old of our friend to twist in the wind. Eventually, the evidence was discovered that this kid was not involved in the robbery (the first 17 year old)...and he was released from jail after a 3 day stay. Needless to say, he learned a hard lesson about who he should hang with on the streets.

Does your child have to learn the same hard lesson? I hope not.

Mike Ramey
 

Amun-Ra

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good information!

this is the type of thing our young men and women need to know--thanks--Ra

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cherryblossom

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Tick-Tock. Tick-Tock. Tick-Tock. In the time it took you to read those six words two criminal offenses were committed. In the time that it takes you to finish reading this first paragraph another violent crime will have happened. That in and of it self is numbing. The truly sad thing about it is that juvenile offenders will commit most of those crimes. A murder occurs in this country every 29 minutes. A rape occurs every 5 minutes and an aggravated assault happens every 28 seconds. By the time you finish reading this article, three women will have been raped and there will have been 30 aggravated assaults and 900 criminal offenses.

Kids between the ages of 14 and 19 will commit the majority of these crimes. Unfortunately, nearly 50 percent of these criminals will be black and male. Why? Apologists would say that the reason lies in poor housing conditions, lack of employment and historical racial bias and they would be right to some degree, but even considering these things can't account for the violence of these youthful offenders. Unfortunately, a culture of gangsterism and macho mentality has infected many of our youth. Arrogance, immaturity and insecurity wearing a gun is an accident looking for some place to happen and unluckily it has found a place to happen in the black community.

Although FBI statistics indicate there has been a drop in violent crime across the country, violence in the inner city has only dropped slightly and the incarceration rate for young black men and women is well above the rate for whites of comparable ages. There is no doubt that the criminal justice system has landed squarely on the backs of blacks. And, there is no doubt that sentencing is unfair, that police techniques are often brutal and biased and that the legal system is at best indifferent, but there is no escaping the reality of right and wrong, meaning that those who are in jail--belong there!

It is sad that they are young, but many of these youthful offenders are more often streetwise criminals with records longer than they are tall. The difference between fantasy and reality is often lost on young minds that haven't had sufficient life experience to know the difference. Tied in with gangsterized popular culture, this mode of life emphasizes living fast, living large and dying young which is exactly what many do. Easy access to drugs, alcohol, sex and weapons along with misguided peer pressure help lead these youths astray.

Still, life is about choices. It is about making decisions that affect our lives. Youth is not a sickness. It is a stage that we all go through. If we make the right decisions often enough, we go on to live a productive life where will continue to make choices. That we have choices is what living is all about. When we knowingly harm others, then we have made a choice that majority society says is wrong and as such requires consequences. The consequences? Jail, if you're lucky. A fresh burial plot--if not.

What can we do? As a start, we can start by not rewarding negative behavior whether it is from juvenile delinquents or from famous preachers just because of the color of their skin. If they are wrong--they are wrong--black or white! We can start to stress the importance of education, mental strength and courage, not in a preaching way, but in a behavioral way. In other words, we must walk the walk because time is running out on our youth. Time is running out on a culture that will not police its own. The clock is running. Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock
There's a chance or an opportunity for each of in this, BUT we have to be willing to call a spade a spade and at the same time, make time to help.

RA

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