When Surviving Childhood Means Killing Your Father

Melissa Jeltsen @ Huffington Post; Excerpt below: Kathleen Heide, a professor at the University of South Florida who studies parricide, estimates there are only about 50 children under 18 who kill their parents each year in the U.S. Most of them are victims of severe child abuse and neglect, she said, and act out of … More When Surviving Childhood Means Killing Your Father

‘I’ll Be Able to Lay in the Grass’: Bresha Meadows To Be Transferred to Treatment Facility

Victoria Law @ Rewire. Excerpt below: Instead, after conferring with Bresha [Meadows] and the attorneys in her chambers, the juvenile court judge announced that Bresha will be transferred to an adolescent treatment facility for a mental health evaluation. …In an earlier interview with Rewire, Erin Davies, executive director of the Juvenile Justice Coalition, stated that the … More ‘I’ll Be Able to Lay in the Grass’: Bresha Meadows To Be Transferred to Treatment Facility

How We Can Work Together To Keep Our Nation’s Youth Out Of The Prison System

Lakin Starling interviews Mariame Kaba @ Fader. Excerpt below: Young girls are increasingly being convicted for crimes that they’ve had to commit in self-defense, or in response to violence that they’ve experienced. It then trickles into the abuse-to-prison pipeline, but specifically with black and brown girls in comparison to white girls. How often is this … More How We Can Work Together To Keep Our Nation’s Youth Out Of The Prison System

Open Letter to the Prosecutors #40

Prosecutor Dennis Watkins Trumbull County Administration Building, 4th Floor 160 High Street NW Warren, OH 44481 Dear Prosecutor Dennis Watkins and Attorney Stanley Elkins, Imagine yourself in Bresha Meadows’ shoes. Imagine if your father was constantly abusing your family and threatening you with a gun. What would you do? It would be his life or … More Open Letter to the Prosecutors #40

#FreeBresha Campaign Statement on January 2017 Bond Hearing

At Bresha Meadows’ hearing today, rather than release Bresha on bond, the court will transfer her from juvenile detention to a “treatment facility.” She will not be able to freely come and go from the facility. How then is this different from being jailed? It is also well-documented that so-called mental health treatment in detention can itself … More #FreeBresha Campaign Statement on January 2017 Bond Hearing

#FreeBresha Book Drives

In solidarity with Bresha Meadows and the campaign to #FreeBresha and decriminalize survival, we are organizing book drives for incarcerated girls and women.  Please donate books to the efforts listed here or organize your own book drive! Los Angeles Area — #FreeBresha Book Drive To donate books for girls at Central Juvenile Hall in LA … More #FreeBresha Book Drives

Join us on January 19 for a National Day of Action to #FreeBresha

By her next hearing on January 20, Bresha Meadows will have spent 175 days in jail. The empirical evidence shows that pre-trial detention is dangerous and counterproductive. The #FreeBresha Campaign continues to call for Bresha’s immediate release and for the charges against her to be dropped so that she can heal with her family. In … More Join us on January 19 for a National Day of Action to #FreeBresha