Thank you for your dedicated work on behalf of children abused by The System.
What happened to "the speedy trial" guarantee?
Perhaps if "crimes" that involved merchandise valued at less than $250 were processed with fines instead of pushing the entire Draconian apparatus at kids, the jails and prisons would not be full. Then, Public Defenders might have a chance to properly defend those in need of an adequate defense.
That a kid could be tossed behind bars for a controversy over a book bag turns the system into the street mugger willing to take an innocent life for the price of a pack of cigarettes. It's indecent and inconceivable that acts of this level of depravity can still wear the imprimatur of Justice/System.
Just further proof of how low this nation has sunk under the influence of white collar criminals from bankers that steal the public's pensions, to warriors that fabricate cases for war, to a media that lies to protect trespassers, to political "lawmakers" who only serve their paymasters, to too many macho guys taking out their inferiority complexes on those they can overpower.