All posts tagged: juvenile justice system

HEEL Documentary, Ruth Villatoro, Toros Films

HEEL Documentary: New Film Project by Ruth Villatoro

  On the “heels” of her successful documentary film about human trafficking in Latin bars, The Cantinera, Ruth Villatoro embarks on a new project bringing audiences another thought-provoking story in HEEL Documentary. In Houston, Texas, in an area named the “corridor of cruelty,” dogs are dumped hungry, injured or dead, many of them fighting bait dogs. One of the organizations involved with the HEEL Documentary, Corridor Rescue, is the beginning, and the hope, for abandoned dogs who are rescued and put up for adoption throughout their vast network. Volunteers are in the area every day to feed the discarded dogs until they are able to find suitable homes and get them off the streets. One of the ways these abused and abandoned dogs are being rehabilitated is through Project H.E.E.L., Helping Empower Everyone’s Lives, an eight week program involving boys within the Harris County Leadership Academy and whose mission stresses personal accountability through Discipline, Accountability, Redirection and Transition (DART). Boys and dogs are connected through the program, fostering each other, a simple solution which moves towards reform of two intricate issues, juvenile …

Shattered Lives: Kids In Court with guest, Leslie Peterson

SHATTERED LIVES with Donna R. Gore, “LadyJustice” Examining the effects of those who have survived violent crime and how it has impacted their lives. Real people, real tragedy, real help. Saturdays at 5pm ET Listen LIVE:  CLICK HERE One of the most heartbreaking issues is the proliferance of juveniles in the court system, whether charged with a crime or there because a parent or guardian has been ordered to appear, either way a courtroom experience can be traumatic when seen through the eyes of a child. Our guest for the hour, Leslie Peterson, is the Program Coordinator for the Kids and Teens in Court program at the Chadwick Center for Children & Families in San Diego, CA. She has developed the program in order to prepare for their time in the courtroom. At no time is any court case discussed, the program is non biased and is only for the benefit of the children’s experience. The goal of the Kids and Teens in Court program is to increase children’s ability to competently and effectively participate in the courtroom …

Donna R. Gore, Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins, ImaginePublicity, Shattered LIves, LadyJustice

Shattered Lives: Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins, Rights of Victims of Juvenile Killers

SHATTERED LIVES with Donna R. Gore, “LadyJustice” Examining the effects of those who have survived violent crime and how it has impacted their lives. Real people, real tragedy, real help. Saturdays at 5pm ET Listen LIVE:  CLICK HERE Every day on American soil we hear about another tragedy related to guns. Although our Constitution’s Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms, it has been hotly debated and challenged since it’s inception in 1791. Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins‘ views on gun control were born out of her own personal family tragedy, losing her sister, brother-in-law, and their unborn child to a 16-year-old “thrill killer.” Living every day with the memory of her loss, and continually fighting to keep the killer behind bars, Jenkins has been a vocal activist on her sister’s behalf. She brings to the table the issue of the mostly ignored rights of the victims when advocating within the juvenile justice system to keep this “serial killer in the making” behind bars.  Arguing against early release of underage killers who have been tried and sentenced as adults, Jenkins …