Isobel Yeung @ Vice; excerpt below: In Ohio, the average length of pretrial detention is 10 to 12 days, but Bresha was detained for more than six months. Her many online advocates say that the pretrial detention of a minor is an egregious violation of human rights. Thirty percent of the 20,000 minors detained every … More #FreeBresha: The murder trial of a 15-year-old girl has become a movement
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
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
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
Kelly Hayes & Benji Hart @ TruthOut; excerpt below: Bresha and her family are truly deserving of healing, yet it is unlikely that such healing can come from any tentacle of the carceral system. It is next to impossible that true healing can result from anything short of Bresha being actually, truthfully set free. There … More OUR DREAMS FOR BRESHA MEADOWS BEGIN WITH FREEDOM
Melissa Jeltsen @ The Huffington Post; excerpt below: “I am relieved that prosecutors decided not to try Bresha as an adult. She is not an adult. She is still a child,” said Mariame Kaba, an organizer working with the #FreeBresha campaign, a group of individuals and organizations raising awareness about her case and the intersection … More 15-Year-Old Accused Of Killing Allegedly Abusive Father Won’t Face Life Sentence
Goldie Taylor @ The Daily Beast; excerpt below: Before the shooting, Officer Martina Latessa said Bresha ran away from home and opened up about her father’s brutality. She reportedly told her aunt that her father had beaten her mother and “threatened to kill the entire family.” Bresha, she said, was “suicidal.” “We didn’t know for … More Bresha Meadows Isn’t a Murderer. She’s a Hero.
Victoria Law @ Rewire; excerpt below: On Thursday, 15-year-old Bresha Meadows learned that she no longer faces the possibility of life in prison. Bresha has been held in juvenile detention for the past four months. As reported earlier by Rewire, she was arrested on July 28 after allegedly shooting her father, who had subjected his … More Behind Bars Since July, 15-Year-Old Bresha Meadows No Longer Faces a Life Sentence
Treva C. Ellison @ Verso Books; excerpt below “Bresha has been in custody at the Trumbull County Detention Center for the past 100 days, during which she has been placed on suicide watch and her family and loved ones have been fighting to get her released pre-trial. Bresha’s case focuses our attention on the disorder … More The Disorder of Law and Order ― Free Bresha Meadows!
Eesha Pandit @ Salon; excerpt below: Bresha [Meadow]’s case also draws attention to the damage that pretrial detention can cause. As noted in the Department of Justice’s Ferguson Report, some court systems fail to give credit for time served before trial. For a teenager like Bresha, the impact of that could be devastating. Trina Greene … More How our broken bail system punishes domestic-abuse survivors — and empowers abusers