Friday, April 24, 2009
Know Your Rights!
This story is a couple of months old, but it should still scare us all senseless . . .
For years, when kids in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania were arrested for minor offenses (such as stealing loose change from cars or writing prank notes) they often found themselves outside the American justice system. Many were denied lawyers. Their hearings lasted only a couple of minutes. And quite a few were sentenced to months-long prison terms.
How bad did it get? One girl was sent to a wilderness boot camp for creating a Myspace page that made fun of her assistant principal.
Why were these kids denied justice? Because two corrupt Pennsylvania judges were being paid for every kid they sent to one of two private juvenile detention facilities.
Both the judges will now be spending a few years behind bars. But this case offers an important lesson. Just because you're a kid doesn't mean you don't have any rights. Learn what they are--and make sure no one ever abuses them!
Read the whole horrible story here.