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.
A JUVENILE JUSTICE ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION
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
"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.
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.
Read the full Rolling Stone
article about Nathan Ybanez
Below are the five cases highlighted on
“When Kids Get Life” F ROM 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.