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Helping moms 'take control of their lives' Just-Us Girls program aims to mentor troubled young mothers struggling in the justice system
The program will divert young women out of the system for a two-hour "sharing circle" during which three female volunteers from the community will listen to her side of the story and discuss what she would like to see happen in the future.
The volunteers will encourage healthy communication with caseworkers and provide information and options to support the young mother. When the circle is over, the chairwoman will write a report for the judge.
Ex-Vietnam lieutenant apologizes for My Lai massacre: opening doors for restorative justice?
by Lisa Rea
I was on holiday recently but when I returned I saw a very small story in my daily newspaper on Lt. William Calley and his public apology for the My Lai massacre of March 1968. I was quite young in 1968 but not too young not to recall the massacre that left 500 men, women and children dead in Vietnam. Lt. Calley's name became synonymous with the My Lai massacre here in the U.S. In 1971, Lt. Calley was convicted of killing 22 civilians during the massacre. He was sentenced to life in prison. President Richard Nixon reduced his sentence to serving three years under house arrest.
California officials fear Jaycee Lee Dugard case may hurt efforts on parole
By Lisa Rea
Horrific as the case of the abduction of 11-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard is it does not warrant the California Legislature giving up its responsibility to take up serious reforms of the prison system in the state.
This case which shocked the nation last week as it detailed Dugard's kidnapping in 1991 and her 18 years of captivity in the backyard of convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido in northern California should tell us a number of things. One, we can be grateful that Jaycee Dugard was found. So many of the crime victims I have worked with in the U.S. have not had that same joyful conclusion to their tragic life story. Thank God Jaycee was found.