NCJFCJ and National Juvenile Defender Center Address LGBTQ Youth and Adolescent Development

Two bench cards released for LGBTQ Youth and Adolescent Development

Judges play a critical role in both ensuring that courts and justice professionals recognize the developmental differences, and to treat LGBTQ-GNC individuals with fairness, dignity, and respect.”

— Judge Anthony (Tony) Capizzi

RENO, NEVADA, UNITED STATES, August 18, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — (Reno, Nev.) – The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), in partnership with the National Juvenile Defender Center and the State Justice Institute, recently released two bench cards: one with principles and best practices to ensure that LGBTQ-GNC people in the courtroom are treated with respect, and one addressing adolescent development in delinquency proceedings.

The bench card, Access to Juvenile Justice Irrespective of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (SOGIE) supports and provides guidance on working with youth or other juvenile court participants that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, and gender non-conforming (LGBTQ-GNC) youth.

LGBTQ-GNC youth are disproportionality represented in the juvenile justice system. LGBTQ-GNC youth represent five to seven percent of the nation’s youth population, but 20 percent of those are in juvenile detention facilities. 85 percent are youth of color, and 40 percent of girls in detention facilities identify as LGB-GNC.

“Judges are ethically obligated to promote access to justice for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or religion,” said Judge Jay Blitzman, Middlesex Division of the Massachusetts Juvenile Court, who helped draft the bench cards. “With the NCJFCJ’s endorsement of this bench card, it allows us, as judicial leaders, to model good behavior for ourselves, our court personnel, members of the public including the children and families whom we serve.”

The SOGIE bench card encourages judges, and all those subject to the judge’s direction, to be free from personal and extracurricular biases while promoting access to justice for all. It outlines unique considerations at every stage of the case including to: not make assumptions regarding sexual orientation or gender identity; be mindful of the unintended consequences of “outing” a child; supporting an individual’s expression of gender identity by using their preferred name and pronouns of choice; allow transgender and gender non-conforming people to wear clothing that matches their gender identity and expression; among others.

It also outlines recommendations and considerations for specific stages of the case, understanding LGBTQ-GNC terminology, and encourages training and education for judges to ensure all treat LGBTQ-GNC people in the courtroom with respect.

“In many cases for LGBTQ-GNC youth the last stop before hope is lost is the courtroom. Disproportionately represented in the juvenile justice system by the time they come to court these youth may have experience bias and prejudice at home, school and community,” said Judge Ramona Gonzalez, La Cross County Circuit Court. “How a judge speaks to and engages with a youth will not change past adverse experiences but it can be a new beginning where respect, hope, and justice thrive.”

Applying principles of adolescent development in delinquency proceedings encourages judges to understand and learn the developmental differences between youth and adults, and must consider them in judicial decision-making and interactions with youth in court.

“Youth are different from adults and young children are different from older teens,” said Melissa Sickmund, Ph.D., director of the NCJFCJ’s National Center for Juvenile Justice. “The way we understand their behavior and our response to their needs must take those differences into consideration. This bench card gives specifics on how to do that and still hold youth accountable.”

Research shows that adolescents are not just small adults, but are constitutionally different. Adolescents are less culpable and more capable of reform than adults, and are therefore less deserving of the most severe punishments. Adolescents also develop at different rates in social, emotional, physical and cognitive domains.

“Promoting positive youth development and encouraging judges and all actors to utilize research and evidence-based practices reduces recidivism and empowers children,” said Judge Blitzman.

This bench card outlines key principles and research on adolescent development that judges should consider and integrate at each stage of a child's case. Important judicial considerations and practical guidance is offered to help judges translate those principles into practice in the courtroom, which includes sample questions and colloquies that can be utilized in judicial decision-making and interactions with youth in court.

“These bench cards are essential tools to assist juvenile and family court judges and ensure developmentally appropriate, bias-free courtrooms that strengthen a child’s likelihood for success,” said Mary Ann Scali, executive director of the National Juvenile Defender Center. “The NCJFCJ’s endorsement of these cards encourages strong on-the-bench judicial leadership to improve outcomes and increase youth understanding of the court process while ensuring everyone in the courtroom is treated with dignity and respect.”

"The State Justice Institute commends the NCJFCJ and the National Juvenile Defender Center for their continuous effort to provide outstanding educational tools to better inform juvenile and family court judges about the best practices and latest science available on adolescent development,” said Jonathan D. Mattiello, executive director of the State Justice Institute.

The NCJFCJ Board of Directors voted to support and endorse the policies and practices outlined in these two bench cards during their July 2017 annual meeting.

“These resources are part of a line of important informational and policy statements from the NCJFCJ,” said Judge Anthony (Tony) Capizzi, NCJFCJ president. “Judges and judicial leadership play a critical role in both ensuring that courts and justice professionals recognize the developmental differences, supported by the research on adolescent development, between youth and adults and to treat LGBTQ-GNC individuals with fairness, dignity, and respect.”

For more NCJFCJ resolutions and policy statements, visit http://www.ncjfcj.org/about/resolutions-and-policy-statements.

About the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ):
Founded in 1937, the Reno, Nev.-based National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, is the nation’s oldest judicial membership organization and focused on improving the effectiveness of our nation’s juvenile and family courts. A leader in continuing education opportunities, research, and policy development in the field of juvenile and family justice, the 2,000-member organization is unique in providing practice-based resources to jurisdictions and communities nationwide.

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National Parks – NATIVE AMERICAN ARTIST, ROSE B. SIMPSON, Revives Ancient Arts With Contemporary Context

National Parks Arts Foundation

Rose Simpson Aztec Ruins Artist in Residence

National Parks Arts Foundation

Aztec Ruins National Monument Artist in Residence

National Parks Arts Foundation

Aztec Ruins Artist in Residence Rose B. Simpson

National Parks Arts Foundation

Rose Simpson Aztec Ruins Artist in Residence

National Parks Arts Foundation is the Leader of National Parks arts programs nationwide

I will study how my ancestors…did not define a separation between aesthetic awareness and the utilitarian object, from architecture to a vessel for eating.”

— Rose B. Simpson

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO, UNITED STATES, August 18, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Internationally recognized multi-media artist and sculptor Rose Simpson, has been announced as National Parks Arts Foundation’s newest Artist-in-Residence at Aztec Ruins National Monument, by the patronage of the National Parks Arts Foundation and NPS. Perpetuating the honorable tradition of familial importance, her mother, renowned Santa Clara Pueblo ceramic artist Roxanne Swentzell, will be working alongside Simpson ,at times, during the residency. A free celebratory showcasing and dinner will display traditionally thrown and fired pottery, completed while in residence at the park, along with a not-to-be-missed lecture regarding her artistic career will be held at the Aztec Ruins National Monument Visitor Center Auditorium on September 16th at 6:00 pm, and will be open to the public. A full listing of public engagements can be found below.

The National Park Service at Aztec Ruins National Monument encourages visitors of all walks of life to learn firsthand about the first peoples who sculpted the Southwest. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet and interact with Simpson, whose family documented Puebloan culture for more than four generations. Park goers are expected to witness the cultural heritage, passion, and ingenuity that has been passed from grandmother to mother to child to grandchild.

Simpson will spend one month in the fresh air of Northwestern New Mexico on Aztec Ruins National Monument’s park grounds, studying the ancient site, while working with pottery to reinterpret the traditional esthetic famed by Chacoan artifacts. “I will study how my ancestors…did not define a separation between aesthetic awareness and the utilitarian object, from architecture to a vessel for eating.” Simpson said. She plans to capture the masterly preserved reminisces and unbeatable landscapes of the ancient site, using natural materials and timeless methods of firing.

Simpson investigates her indigenous heritage using traditional art techniques in a non-traditional manner, by incorporating contemporary elements and compositions. The rough, aged, and weathered figures found in her clay work transcend time by material; yet connect to present times by context. With Santa Clara heritage, Simpson embraces her ancestry while continuously exploring the vast and ever-expansive narratives of the indigenous people of North America. Sculpting on the ancient grounds of Aztec Ruins National Monument will hone in on the fundamentality of the location as an indispensable site of historic as well as familiar significance.

Simpson has participated expansively in exhibits throughout The United States, as well as internationally in Toronto, Canada, New Zealand, and Japan. Her work has also appeared in the magazine, Art in America. Her recent work will be viewable at her highly anticipated upcoming exhibition at the Wheelwright Museum. By engaging Park visitors with her open creativity, exemplarily repertoire, and unmatched artistic interpretations, she will assist the National Parks Arts Foundation in its mission to aid in the conservation of National Parks natural and historical merits through artistic analysis and community involvement.

The Artist-in-Residence program offered by the National Parks Arts Foundation is an unmatched opportunity offered to national and international artists of all mediums and careers. The foundation offers the only nationwide program for arts in our National Parks. For current applications to various unique Parks, please visit –NationalParksArtsfoundation.org

Public Engagements :

Rose Simpson’s Final Residency Presentation and collaborative dinner will be at Aztec National Monument Visitor Center Auditorium on September 16th at 6:00 pm, for NPS staff and visitors.
Other Engagements To Be Determined.

More About Aztec Ruins National Monument

Pueblo and Kiva structures that are believed to date back between the 11th and 13th century are housed on the vast grounds of Aztec Ruins National Monument. Distinctly rough desert terrain accompanies the ruins in all directions. The construction of these buildings can be attributed to Ancestral Puebloans, which have become the center point of learning for the National Park Service, archeologists, and visitors alike. The Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as a sister site to Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

More About The National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF)

The National Parks Arts Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the artistic inspiration of the National Parks of the U.S. by creating dynamic opportunities for art programs, based in our National Parks, National Monuments and World Heritage Sites .NPAF National Park projects are supported by partnerships and generous donations.

For more information on how you can support the Aztec Ruins National Monument Artist in Residence and other NPAF arts programs nationwide, contact:
Website : http://www.nationalparksartsfoundation.org
Email : press@nationalparksartsfoundation.org
Phone Number : (505) 715- 6492

* A Special THANK YOU to the FRIENDS OF AZTEC RUINS, a major sponsor of this, the Aztec Ruins National Monument Artist in Residence Program. *

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BabySav is giving away solutions to STOP Hot Car Deaths !

Can be placed on Doors and Windows of Homes, Offices and Retailers

BabySav will send anyone requesting a BabySav product to stop Hot Car Deaths now through August 31, 2017 for FREE

These stickers would act as an unconscious reminder, and not rely on technology or driving habits. Since they can be placed anywhere, their reach is unprecedented.”

— Josie Rhodes Cook, Romper.com

CHANDLER, AZ, USA, August 18, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Chandler, Az – 8/17/2017 — BabySav wants to help stop Hot Car Deaths by supplying everyone with its current solution for FREE. To date 32 children and numerous pets have died due to this situation in the United Sates and many more worldwide. Many of these occurrences were due to the fact that the caregiver forgot or was distracted.

BabySav’s solution is addressing the problem from a unique perspective, and it solution has been called “unprecedented” due to the ability to be placed on any entry point of a home, building, retailer, etc. to help catch and remind the caregiver to double check that they may have had a child or pet before entering. BabySav has solutions deployed across the country in 1000’s of home, offices and retailers.

“At BabySav, we understand that our daily lives, routines and responsibilities to our children and pets are constantly changing, which is in part some of the cause behind this occurrence. We believe that having these Iconic reminders place at entry points to all buildings might catch the eye of the caregiver, thus having them return back to the car within the 1st few minutes, thus saving the life of a child or pet”. Mr. Louis Molinari (Founder of BabySav) has stated: “We cannot wait for legislation and other solutions to be developed and in the hands of ALL care givers. Through these solutions are needed, we need a solution TODAY, hence why BabySav wants to give ours away, as many as we can”.

Anyone wanting a free BabySav solution needs to go to www.babysav.org, click on GET MY STICKER, and enter the code DFR (which stands for Don’t Forget and Regret TM).
BabySav will continue to send stickers out while supplies last. Babysav will cover the cost of shipping. If more than 1 sticker is needed, contact us at info@babysav.com.
If anyone wishes to donate to help this cause and ensure BabySav can continue to supply these solutions, on the same website www.babysav.org click on the DONTATE NOW button.

About BabySav
BabySav is the only nonprofit organization with the mission to end deaths of children and pets with solutions that do not require installation, maintenance, or care by a caregiver.

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ACC GLOBAL MEDIA will proudly feature Empowerment Coach & Hypnotherapist Constance Kenney

HYPNOTHERAPIST CONSTANCE KENNEY FOUNDER OF FEARLESS EXPRESSIONS

HYPNOTHERAPIST CONSTANCE KENNEY FOUNDER OF FEARLESS EXPRESSIONS

ACC GLOBAL NEWS Features Empowerment Coach & Hypnotherapist Constance Kenney on Hypnotherapy, Overcoming Fears & Empowerment

Empowerment Coach Constance Kenney uses the AMAZING power of HYPNOTHERAPY to help her clients gain UNBELIEVABLE results to OVERCOME any challenge that life brings & also MAXIMIZE their TRUE potential.”

— ACC GLOBAL MEDIA RESEARCH DEPARTMENT

SCOTTSDALE , ARIZONA, UNITED STATES, August 17, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Constance Kenney & Fearless Expressions Scottsdale, Arizona
Interview with Constance Kenney, Founder of Fearless Expressions FRIDAY, AUGUST 18th , 2017 at 1PM (1:00 p.m. EST., Scottsdale, Arizona
Contact:Constance Kenney
Phone: (1) 480-695-8893
Email:Constance@FearlessExpressions.Com
Website: WWW.FEARLESSEXPRESSIONS.COM

Contact: ACC Global Media, 1-888-725-0554 www.Accglobalmedia.com
ACC Global Media Features Empowerment Coach & Hypnotherapist Constance Kenney on Hypnotherapy, Overcoming Fears & Empowerment

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ACC News Talk Radio Spotlights Constance Kenney of Fearless Expressions

Scottsdale, AZ – In personal and professional life, we all want to exist and perform at the highest levels. In order to achieve this, alignment of mind, body and emotion is a necessity. All too often, it’s easy to become unbalanced. Stress in the present, stress from the past and anxiety about the future are all major contributors to throwing off one’s personal balance. While there are some who may frown upon seeking outside assistance, more and more people are finding amazing, long lasting and fast results from trained professionals like Constance Kenney of Fearless Expressions.

Certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Transformational Life Coaching, Constance incorporates her education with her more than 35 years of experience as a piano teacher. No stranger to stress and anxiety, Constance first dealt with performance anxiety at the age of 11 while performing at an Honors Recital, where she completely froze with fear. While the fear stuck with, limited and caused Constance to question her future, she would eventually go on to earn a degree in Piano Performance so she could teach.

After more than three decades, Constance felt that she was meant for something more and cites an experience with a student and hypnotherapist as a major turning point in her life. “I went to three sessions of hypnotherapy that helped me more than any book or therapeutic counseling I ever had in the past. Not only was he able to assist me in releasing my personal fears, past and present, but he also taught me to develop a self-help tool that reinforced my memorization and visualization skills” exclaims Kenney.

Eventually setting out on her own, Constance founded Fearless Expressions and began working with men, women and children to overcome their specific performance anxieties. Today, she has expanded her hypnotherapy practice to include individuals who struggle with managing stress, weight, academic performance, public speaking, and sports performance.

Utilizing hypnotherapy to bring forth positive change, results are typically experienced within 3 sessions. Constance’s incredible sessional work is available by audio, in person, Skype and over the phone. Across the globe, people are overcoming the fear and regaining control of their destiny.

“I'm interested in expanding my business especially in the area of Academic Performance. So many people struggle with test-taking anxieties and I have developed a 3 session program to help promote focus, memory recall, time management, and self-confidence. These individuals come from all walks of life: high school student aiming for a higher scores in a college entrance exam, an adult returning to school aiming to pass exams, a college student taking required exams to get into Law School or Medical School, the public servants – firemen, EMT's, policemen needing to get their certifications. It’s a very natural and comfortable process. It begins with a discussion. We simply talk it out to uncover what’s blocking you. We work together every step of the way to achieve your goals and experience those “wow” moments.”

Constance Kenney will be featured on ACC News Talk Radio at www.blogtalkradio.com/accglobalmedia on Friday August 18th at 1pm EST. For more information visit www.fearlessexpressions.com , email
constance@fearlessexpressions.com or call 480-695-8893.

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Fellows wanted. GREATER Jury seeks participants to help shape public policy

Help shape public policy through a unique "Fellowship" program.

When we finally realize that people can agree, we start with that. I don't know why we don't start where we agree.”

— Jonathan Denn

DENNIS, MASSACHUSETTS, USA, August 17, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Everyone who tunes into any radio or television station or reads the news would likely agree that much of the nation’s political discussion has devolved into terrible partisan rhetoric, and one Massachusetts businessman is determined to elevate the discussion in a meaningful way – and to see that the results of that elevated discussion get noticed in the right places.

That businessman is Jonathan “Jon” Denn, and he says that the journey to improve the national discourse starts with a website he has launched, http://greaterjury.us. Denn is the founder of this unique concept, through which, public policies will be put on trial via the Greater Jury.

For these policies to be evaluated, Denn seeks “Fellows” to debate them. Denn is seeking several hundred Fellows from across the United States to participate in this series of policy debates.

As Fellows are selected to join in this public debate, the group will use an adaptation of the Transpartisan Imperative in American Life by Chickering and Turner for the methodology. As was done in the first two beta trials, ideologically balanced juries of fellows will choose their own public policies to put on trial, gather and cross their own evidence, use lateral team-thinking techniques, proposes their own solutions, prepare the ballot, vote, and publish the verdict in descending order of consensus. Juries will be allowed to customize within the core values of the GREATER Jury.

The Fellowship will run for three months to one-year with a minimum commitment of 90 minutes per week to participate in actual trials. This is a volunteer position but the 90 minutes can be conveniently time-shifted anywhere within a weekly window. Fellows will be entering into a community of professionals who believe in the 2.0 versions of public policy / constructive journalism.
Denn says, “Unlike a debate or legal trial, we don’t care what left/right, freedom/order can’t agree upon. We’re drowning in that. This is the gasp of air for what we CAN agree upon. Let’s start there. We’re starting now. If this resonates with you please apply.”

Learn more about the GREATER Jury by visiting http://www.greaterjury.us/.

Fellows will have access to all the data and be able to publish their own blogs, social media, columns, papers and thesis on the process and the verdict’s significance to society. Fellows will also have significant input into refining the processes.

He says, “Most people we talk to can relate to this story. You’re at a party and get stuck talking to someone you wouldn’t normally hang out with politically. After awhile, and maybe a couple adult beverages, you realize you do agree on some things and maybe quite a few rather vehemently. Has that happened to you?”

He said, “When we finally realize that people can agree, we learn to start with that. I don’t know why we don’t start where we agree. Our goal here is to develop an application that anyone can use to help converge on public policy—and that’s news.”

If this resonates with you please apply at https://jondenn.typeform.com/to/rZS3OR
Jonathan “Jon” Denn is the founder of the GREATER Jury. He is a member of the National Coalition of Dialogue and Deliberation, and the Hive Global Leadership Program. A former hotel chain CEO, he ran an adaptive leadership program for 12 years, is a Vistage Chair with several private advisory boards for CEOs, business owners, trusted advisors south of Boston, a pro bono SCORE mentor, is published in Forbes, Fortune, and has a book coming out this fall called THE DRUMBEAT: Business Productivity System. He can be contacted at baliff@greaterjury.us.

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Maggot infestation of disabled man’s breathing tube videos

Jonathan Carey “Champion for the Disabled” Born September 12,1993 Killed by caregivers on February 15,2007

It is important for everyone to see and hear this horrific story which is only the tip of the iceberg of criminal cover-ups by Gov. Cuomo’s Justice Center

The feds must swiftly stop these federal crimes, civil rights atrocities and the massive Medicaid fraud surrounding Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Justice Center cover-up scheme.”

— Michael Carey- Advocate for people with disabilities and their families

ALBANY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, August 17, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — The first video one was attached to the original AP News story, but somehow was not attached to most of the stories that came out all over the country and throughout the world https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSdCD8gxeHY . It is one thing to read of such horrific things, but to see and hear from the father of Steven Wenger and other people that know the truth of what is really going on behind closed doors is critical. The Jonathan Carey Foundation and others are calling for federal investigations of Gov. Cuomo’s abuse hotline wrongfully titled the Justice Center which is burying thousands of reported criminal cases such as this one.
The next video which is also extremely powerful was put together by the New York Daily News from the AP News story which was the number two AP News story in the world behind a story on Korea https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68q_zWQGEKs . Here is the story that came out in the New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/08/10/us/ap-us-concealed-neglect-.html
People with disabilities are human beings and New York State cannot continue to bury and try to cover-up these extremely dangerous and potentially deadly crimes. New York State continues to try to give an appearance that they reformed an extremely dangerous and deadly mental health care system when in fact they have not. Here are the astronomical numbers of the reported physical and sexual abuse and neglect cases of people with disabilities living in State and private facilities and group homes throughout New York State, 7,800 on average every month and 11-13 deaths are occurring every day. These are the massive reported numbers, but everyone knows most of the abuse and neglect of this vulnerable population is never reported and the numbers are many times greater. We have an absolute humanitarian crisis in New York State and the safety, health and lives of this specific group of people are ignored as countless pleas for immediate intervention to all New York State authorities have gone ignored. The feds must swiftly stop these federal crimes, civil rights atrocities and the massive Medicaid fraud surrounding Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Justice Center cover-up scheme.I challenge everyone that cares to simply Google the Justice Center and look for over a dozen Associated Press and Buzzfeed News investigative reports in the last year alone which expose this corrupt agency which is not protecting people with special needs, but instead protecting grossly negligent providers and staff.

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The incredible life and tragic preventable death of Jonathan Carey, who was disabled, had autism, was non-verbal & only 13 when he was killed by his caregivers


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SEPTA & ELERTS Partner on New ‘SEPTA Transit Watch’ App

WEYMOUTH, MA, USA, August 16, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — (Weymouth, MA) Incident-Reporting Features allow SEPTA Riders to Discreetly Share Safety & Security Tips with Police PHILADELPHIA AND WEYMOUTH, MA (Aug. 16, 2017) – SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) and ELERTS Corp., the leading provider of See Something Say Something mobile apps for transit agencies, announced the public release of ‘SEPTA Transit Watch,’ a mobile app that empowers riders to discreetly report security or safety issues to SEPTA Transit Police in less than 20 seconds.

Public transit agencies face the challenging task of protecting their riders, employees, and property. In response, transportation organizations are now utilizing the highly valuable information source known as crowd-sourced reporting – with smartphones everywhere, getting real-time, incoming information from riders makes a critical difference for responding personnel.
“We count on our customers to help be the eyes and ears of the system, and the SEPTA Transit Watch app now gives them a valuable tool to communicate directly with our police officers,” said SEPTA General Manager Jeffrey D. Knueppel. “This effort also enhances our overall “Make the Safe Choice” System Safety campaign by making it easier for riders to share tips that could end up saving a life.”

The SEPTA Transit Watch app is available as a free download on both the Apple and Android stores. To learn how to access the app, go to www.septa.org/safety/septa-transit-watch.html. The app’s features include:

 Incident reporting – including photo/video, a description of what is being observed, and the GPS location of the problem.

 Discretion – riders may choose to send reports anonymously and a rider’s smartphone flash is automatically turned off when taking a photo.
 Two-way communication – SEPTA Police dispatcher may ask questions or provide instructions to the rider.

 BOLO alerts – “Be On the Look Out” messages may be sent to riders, regarding a person of
interest being sought, such as a missing person or a criminal suspect.

“In our ever-changing world, it is imperative to use the most current technology designed to deliver the best protection. SEPTA understands the value that crowdsourcing brings to transit safety and recognized that ELERTS’ experience could help them quickly launch an app for their riders,” said Ed English, CEO, ELERTS. “We are proud to be SEPTA’s technology partner to further extend their longstanding reputation for safety innovation, and to empower their riders – who are often the first to see issues – to easily report security incidents. SEPTA is truly delivering the best in twenty-first-century transit policing.”

SEPTA Transit Watch is not just for customers with smartphones. Those with old-style flip phones can use “Text A Tip,” which allows them to reach SEPTA Transit Police with a simple text message to (215) 234-1911. SEPTA Transit Watch also furthers the Authority’s commitment to accessibility. The app provides a new way for the deaf and hard of hearing community to communicate with SEPTA Police. Additionally, the app includes visually-impaired functionality. SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III said the Transit Police Department is looking forward to starting a new dialogue with riders through SEPTA Transit Watch.

“SEPTA Transit Watch opens up an exciting new channel of communication with our riders,” Nestel said.“We expect it will provide invaluable real-time information that will enhance safety and security throughout the transit system.”

About SEPTA
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is the sixth largest public
transportation system in the U.S., with an average weekday ridership of approximately 1.1 million. SEPTA’s service area covers 2,202 miles in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties. SEPTA also provides rail service to Delaware and Trenton, N.J. SEPTA operates multi-modal transportation services, including two subway/subway-elevated lines, 118 bus routes, eight trolley routes, three trackless trolley routes, one inter-urban High Speed Line, 13 Regional Rail (commuter rail) lines and ADA Paratransit service.
For more information, please visit www.septa.org. Please direct media inquiries regarding the SEPTA Transit Watch app to SEPTA Chief Press Officer Andrew Busch at (215) 580-7842 or abusch@septa.org.

About ELERTS
ELERTS develops best-in-class emergency communication software, empowered by community-sourced reporting of safety and security concerns. The company is the leading provider to transit agencies for See Something Say Something apps. ELERTS cloud-based approach leverages smartphone technologies to provide robust, bidirectional communication between multiple parties. ELERTS mobile technology integrates with video surveillance, access control and mass-notification systems to provide actionable information for first responders.
With headquarters in Weymouth, Mass., ELERTS can be reached by 877-256-1971 or connect with us on the web at:  ELERTS.com    Twitter: @ELERTSCorp

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NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, August 16, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Stenomask is the industry’s best hand-held privacy microphone for speech recognition and secure voice communication. It can be used with any type device – like smartphones, tablets, computers, two-way radios and recorders.

You can find out more about this microphone by heading to talktech.com today.

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Write Your Congressman–For Toilet Paper?

George Kayer, Author

George Kayer, America’s most published prisoner was refused a roll of toilet paper along with other inmates. Lt. Anderson (a prison guard at Arizona’s Death Row) said: “If you don’t like the rules here, write your congressman.”

Joseph Anderson, Lieutenant Florence, AZ

“If you don’t like the rules here, write your congressman” said Lt. Anderson to a group of Death Row inmates seeking toilet paper. One of those prisoners is America’s most published prisoners-oops.

Scott Nordstrom

Scott Nordstrom is the man who moved Death Row. On July 19 the AZ DOC moved Death Row when Nordstrom won the conditions of confinement lawsuit March 3, 2017. See Nordstrom v. Ryan 2:15-CV-02176-DGC-J2B (10.29.15) and Id. at DKT. 39

Famous Author Told to Write Congressman for Toilet Paper

'If you don't like the rules here, write your Congressman', said Lt. Anderson to a group of Death Row inmates seeking toilet paper.”

— Lt. Anderson, Central Unit

FLORENCE, ARIZONA, UNITED STATES, August 16, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Lt. Anderson (a prison guard) tells famous author, George Kayer and other inmates on Death Row, "If you don't like the rules here, write your Congressman."

Tensions are rising and sphincters are tightening among Arizona's death row population who were recently moved (July 19th) from supermax facility at Browning unit to Central unit, another maximum custody facility.

The problems stem from the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) failing to honor the conditions promised to Inmates when the ADC lost yet another lawsuit by an inmate.

The ADC was suppose to transfer it's death row population to a lower custody, level four yard with more privileges. Instead, the ADC tricked the inmates, sending them to another max custody unit with less, not more privileges.

Placing some context to Lt. Anderson's quote: "Write your Congressman", Mr. Kayer, Roger Murry, (the author of Life on Death Row) and a few other Inmates were attempting to ask Lt. Anderson serious questions on August 10th 2017.
"Anderson being in a position of authority we hoped he'd have some much needed answers to our squalid living conditions," said Kayer.

The cause for much of the unrest is that the prison store at Central unit, unlike Browning unit, refuses to sell Death Row prisoners toilet paper among numerous other items promised in the lawsuit. And, Central unit passes out one ply toilet paper only once every ten days–period.

Mr. Kayer and others with medical issues requiring more than one roll per ten days currently have zero options. Getting approved by medical for extra toilet paper could require six months and waiting for a Congressman to send a roll: when pigs fly, pun intended.

"Anderson's flippant comment is typical of the ADC's attitude about their legal obligation to honor the courts order," said Mr. Kayer.

"I feel like we've all been tricked, including the judge. Guys here are killing six to eight large cockroaches in their cells everyday! My cell rarely gets below 88-90 degrees and cells here are 6×10: dog kennels are larger.

Look, employee attitudes flow from the top down. All these problems can be solved with one signature and 30 minutes on a computer."

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National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Addresses LGBTQ Youth and Adolescent Development

The NCJFCJ, in partnership with the National Juvenile Defender Center and the State Justice Institute, recently released two bench cards:

Judges and judicial leadership play a critical role in recognizing the developmental differences between youth and adults and to treat LGBTQ-GNC individuals with fairness, dignity, and respect.”

— Judge Anthony (Tony) Capizzi

RENO, NEVADA, UNITED STATES, August 15, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — (Reno, Nev.) – The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), in partnership with the National Juvenile Defender Center and the State Justice Institute, recently released two bench cards: one with principles and best practices to ensure that LGBTQ-GNC people in the courtroom are treated with respect, and one addressing adolescent development in delinquency proceedings.

The bench card, Access to Juvenile Justice Irrespective of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (SOGIE) supports and provides guidance on working with youth or other juvenile court participants that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, and gender non-conforming (LGBTQ-GNC) youth.

LGBTQ-GNC youth are disproportionality represented in the juvenile justice system. LGBTQ-GNC youth represent five to seven percent of the nation’s youth population, but 20 percent of those are in juvenile detention facilities. 85 percent are youth of color, and 40 percent of girls in detention facilities identify as LGB-GNC.

“Judges are ethically obligated to promote access to justice for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or religion,” said Judge Jay Blitzman, Middlesex Division of the Massachusetts Juvenile Court, who helped draft the bench cards. “With the NCJFCJ’s endorsement of this bench card, it allows us, as judicial leaders, to model good behavior for ourselves, our court personnel, members of the public including the children and families whom we serve.”

The SOGIE bench card encourages judges, and all those subject to the judge’s direction, to be free from personal and extracurricular biases while promoting access to justice for all. It outlines unique considerations at every stage of the case including to: not make assumptions regarding sexual orientation or gender identity; be mindful of the unintended consequences of “outing” a child; supporting an individual’s expression of gender identity by using their preferred name and pronouns of choice; allow transgender and gender non-conforming people to wear clothing that matches their gender identity and expression; among others.

It also outlines recommendations and considerations for specific stages of the case, understanding LGBTQ-GNC terminology, and encourages training and education for judges to ensure all treat LGBTQ-GNC people in the courtroom with respect.

“In many cases for LGBTQ-GNC youth the last stop before hope is lost is the courtroom. Disproportionately represented in the juvenile justice system by the time they come to court these youth may have experience bias and prejudice at home, school and community,” said Judge Ramona Gonzalez, La Cross County Circuit Court. “How a judge speaks to and engages with a youth will not change past adverse experiences but it can be a new beginning where respect, hope, and justice thrive.”

Applying principles of adolescent development in delinquency proceedings encourages judges to understand and learn the developmental differences between youth and adults, and must consider them in judicial decision-making and interactions with youth in court.

“Youth are different from adults and young children are different from older teens,” said Melissa Sickmund, Ph.D., director of the NCJFCJ’s National Center for Juvenile Justice. “The way we understand their behavior and our response to their needs must take those differences into consideration. This bench card gives specifics on how to do that and still hold youth accountable.”

Research shows that adolescents are not just small adults, but are constitutionally different. Adolescents are less culpable and more capable of reform than adults, and are therefore less deserving of the most severe punishments. Adolescents also develop at different rates in social, emotional, physical and cognitive domains.

“Promoting positive youth development and encouraging judges and all actors to utilize research and evidence-based practices reduces recidivism and empowers children,” said Judge Blitzman.

This bench card outlines key principles and research on adolescent development that judges should consider and integrate at each stage of a child's case. Important judicial considerations and practical guidance is offered to help judges translate those principles into practice in the courtroom, which includes sample questions and colloquies that can be utilized in judicial decision-making and interactions with youth in court.

“These bench cards are essential tools to assist juvenile and family court judges ensure developmentally appropriate, bias-free courtrooms that strengthen a child’s likelihood for success,” said Mary Ann Scali, executive director of the National Juvenile Defender Center. “The NCJFCJ’s endorsement of these cards encourages strong on-the-bench judicial leadership to improve outcomes and increase youth understanding of the court process while ensuring everyone in the courtroom is treated with dignity and respect.”

The NCJFCJ Board of Directors voted to support and endorse the policies and practices outlined in these two bench cards during their July 2017 annual meeting.

“These resources are part of a line of important informational and policy statements from the NCJFCJ,” said Judge Anthony (Tony) Capizzi, NCJFCJ president. “Judges and judicial leadership play a critical role in both ensuring that courts and justice professionals recognize the developmental differences, supported by the research on adolescent development, between youth and adults and to treat LGBTQ-GNC individuals with fairness, dignity, and respect.”

For more NCJFCJ resolutions and policy statements, click here.

About the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ):
Founded in 1937, the Reno, Nev.-based National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, is the nation’s oldest judicial membership organization and focused on improving the effectiveness of our nation’s juvenile and family courts. A leader in continuing education opportunities, research, and policy development in the field of juvenile and family justice, the 2,000-member organization is unique in providing practice-based resources to jurisdictions and communities nationwide.

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