That   is   not   to   say   that   a   15,   16   or   17   year   old   does   not   know   it   is   wrong   to   kill.   However   it   does   tells   us   that   those   same   15,   16   and   17   year olds simply do not contemplate the idea of the extent of what punishment they may receive. Life in prison without parole just doesn't sound the same to a teenager as it does to a career criminal. So   when   a   child   commits   a   crime   and   it   is   their   very   first   offense,   should   they   not   be   given   a   chance   to   rehabilitate   themselves   rather   than spend   the   rest   of   their   lives   behind   bars?   The   length   of   a   life   sentence   to   a   15   year   old   is   actually   more   severe   than   a   life   sentence   to   a   30   or 40 year old second or third time offender simply by realizing the extended number of years they must serve. We   believe   the   laws   in   Colorado   are   open   for   change   and   we   work   dillegently   to   bring   about   those   changes   and   give   kids   another   opportunity to benefit the community and those they have actually offended against.
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Because All Kids Deserve a Second Chance
We at Pendulum Foundation believe in rehabilitation as well as retribution - and that all children deserve a second chance. To the right are the 5 cases highlighted on the PBS Frontline special, "WHEN KIDS GET LIFE" originally broadcast on May 8, 2007 Joan Ostrow The Denver Post "As she has done in several previous award-winning efforts, writer-director-producer Bikel tackles underlying social questions and psychological motivations as she explores a peculiar corner of American criminal justice. Her speciality (sic) has long been examinations of wrongful convictions. "'When Kids Get Life' joins the formidable Bikel archive, beseeching us to think hard about what constitutes justice." Read all the reviews Please read a Special Report from the Denver Post about a unbelievable miscarriage of justice. The story of Tim Masters will give you pause for thought.
JACOB IND He   killed   his   parents   after   years   of abuse,   but   even   some   of   the   jurors who     convicted     him     wonder     if     he deserved life without parole.
TREVOR JONES Serving   life   without   parole   for   a   con gone     bad,     Trevor     Jones     is     an example     of     the     exacting     logic     of Colorado's felony murder statute.
ANDREW MEDINA A   player   in   a   botched   carjacking,   he was   only   15   when   he   was   charged with       first-degree       murder       and imprisoned;   now   he's   serving   time   at Colorado's maximum-security facility.
NATHAN YBANEZ(L) AND ERIK JENSEN Erik   was   there   when   Nate   killed   his abusive   mother.   Nate   says   Erik   didn't do   anything,   but   they're   both   serving life without parole for her death.
Jason Gonzales, 17
Leroy Gardenhire, 17
Marcus Clouatre, 17
Marcus Fernandez, 15
Phillip Trujillo, 15
Phillip Montoya, 16
Jerome Perea, 17
Jacob Ind, 15
Allan Lucero, 17
Gabriel Adams, 17
George Chavez, 15
Jeffrey Johnson, 17
Gregory Romero, 17
Raymond Gone, 16
Donell Carter, 17
Raymond Cain,17
Christopher Selectman, 16
Joseph Hunter, 17
Raymond Johnson, 16
Paul Littlejohn, 15
Roosevelt Harris, 15
Samuel Mandez, 14
Curtis Brooks, 15
Jennifer Tombs, 16
Trevor Jones, 17
Larry Lucas, 16
Kevin Blankenship, 16
Antonio Farrell, 17
Christopher Weedman, 17
Frank Vigil, 16
Terrance Wilder, 17
Erik Jensen, 17
Alexander Pogosyan, 17
Adam Drake, 17
Nathan Ybanez, 16
Columbus White, 17
Ahmad Nelms, 17
Lorenzo Montoya, 14
Nicholas Martinez, 16
Andrew Medina, 15
Miguel Trimble, 17
George Lo, 17
Josiah Ivy, 16
Verle Mangum, 17
Steven Anaya, 17

Colorado Inmates who were sentenced to life without parole when they were teenagers.
courtesy of
Colorado Kids
Below are the five cases highlighted on “When Kids Get Life” FROM THE PBS SERIES FRONTLINE
The Pendulum Foundation strives to ensure that juveniles caught in the legal system are treated AS juveniles. While it is true that some of these kids commit heinous and horrific crimes and like anyone, should be punished for their actions, in most cases it is believed that the juvenile brain is not developed sufficiently enough to allow a child to fully understand their actions.
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