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Roofdeck costuming part 2.

Roofdeck costuming part 2.

@1 day ago
Come visit your friendly neighborhood teen #saturdaylibrarian #kentonlibrary

Come visit your friendly neighborhood teen #saturdaylibrarian #kentonlibrary

@1 week ago with 2 notes
#kentonlibrary #saturdaylibrarian 
I am really excited about this felt coffee sleeve monster. #kentonlibrary #teenlibrarians #wheresmygooglyeyes

I am really excited about this felt coffee sleeve monster. #kentonlibrary #teenlibrarians #wheresmygooglyeyes

@1 week ago with 1 note
#teenlibrarians #kentonlibrary #wheresmygooglyeyes 
cogito-ergo-amo:

What happens at Skeleton Rave stays at Skeleton Rave

#stinememories

cogito-ergo-amo:

What happens at Skeleton Rave stays at Skeleton Rave

#stinememories

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@1 week ago with 79928 notes
How ‘bout them decorative gourds.

How ‘bout them decorative gourds.

@1 day ago with 2 notes
Roofdeck costume creation.

Roofdeck costume creation.

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land-of-propaganda:

3 years in Rikers Island, 2 in solitary confinement, this high school student, NEVER CHARGED, gets released

16-year-old high school sophomore Kalief Browder, of the Bronx, spent nearly three years locked up at the Rikers Jail after he says he was falsely accused of stealing a backpack.  Amazingly, Browder never pleaded guilty, actually refused to plead guilty and requested a trial, even when pressured, but was never convicted and was only offered plea deals while the trial was repeatedly delayed.

Near the end of his time in jail, the judge “offered” to sentence him to time served if a guilty plea was entered, and warned him he could face 15 years in prison if convicted, but Browder still refused to accept the deal.  The only reason Browder was finally released was because his case was dismissed, but the damage had been done.

Browder, a high school student, spent an unbelievable 800 days, or over 2 years, in solitary confinement, which is a common juvenile imprisonment practice that the New York Department of Corrections has now banned after several investigations.

How does a teen end up in jail for 3 years, of which 2 years was spent in solitary confinement, and never be charged with a crime?

Browder’s case highlights several broken mechanisms in the New York legal system that feeds itself to civil liberty abuses on our youth.

  1. The 6th amendment gives us a right to a speedy trial, but in New York they have a “Ready Rule”.  The “Ready Rule” allows the courts to postpone trial dates by offering continuances. The system may give a continuance for 1 week, but logistically it may be 1 month before the trial actually comes to fruition and the still not convicted civilian only gets “credit” for the 1 week, not the actual time they have served.  In Browder’s case, he was given an absolutely ridiculous number of continuances initiated by the prosecution which left him locked up because he could not afford the $3000 bail.
  2. Browder was a high school student and juveniles are supposed to continue their education while behind bars .. except for juveniles that are in solitary confinement.  Guards would place juveniles in solitary and the schooling would stop relinquishing any educational support.
  3. While in solitary, Browder says that guards would routinely refuse to give him his meals.  Hunger is a common complaint by teens that are locked up because of the 12-hour stretch between dinner and breakfast.  Guards would use starve tactics at their discretion for punishment or their own personal enjoyment.  Browder says the worst of his starvations lasted for 4 meals in a row, meaning he was denied breakfast, lunch, dinner and another breakfast.
  4. As it stands, the courts place people in these situations and it is human nature for some to strike a plea deal just to get out of jail.  But Browder did not play into their game and take a plea deal, but maintained his innocence and requested a trial which came at a snail’s pace. This leads one to believe that the courts use this a planned tactic or procedure to play on human nature all in the name of getting convictions.
  5. The issues of using a Public Defender have long been recorded across the country.  In New York, court appointed lawyers make $75 a case.  In order to make money, that PD has to take on huge caseloads which leads to other problems.  Browder, although locked up for nearly three years in Rikers, where his PD was located everyday, never once was visited by his PD or had anyone to advocate his case for him.  This shows a reckless disregard which leads to a vicious cycle of apathy that often leads innocent people to copping pleas or getting longer sentences.

Read more here

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@1 week ago with 17600 notes
comicsalliance:

‘SABRINA’ #1: ALL THE GOTHIC HORROR AND HUMAN SACRIFICE A TEEN ROMANCE NEEDS [REVIEW]
By Chris Sims
I’m not saying that it’s easy to succeed with an oddball idea in the world of comics, but I have to imagine that it’s a heck of a lot harder to do it twice in a row with very similar ideas — which is exactly what Archie Comcis and writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa are trying to do in the pages of this week’s Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina #1. A year after Aguirre-Sacasa teamed up with artist Francesco Francavilla and found critical and commercial success with Afterlife With Archie, where the familiar teenagers of Riverdale found themselves contending with the zombie apocalypse, he’s joining artist Robert Hack to try to strike gold a second time — not with a spinoff of Afterlife, but by expanding the horror line with an entirely new title, taking the same characters and twisting them around again.
The result is a comic that dives headling into a world of horror, witchcraft and high school drama, and while it might not have the immediate eyebrow-raising hook of seeing Archie beat his zombified father to death with a baseball bat, it’s definitely a pretty amazing comic that’s hitting at exactly the right time.
READ MORE

comicsalliance:

‘SABRINA’ #1: ALL THE GOTHIC HORROR AND HUMAN SACRIFICE A TEEN ROMANCE NEEDS [REVIEW]

By Chris Sims

I’m not saying that it’s easy to succeed with an oddball idea in the world of comics, but I have to imagine that it’s a heck of a lot harder to do it twice in a row with very similar ideas — which is exactly what Archie Comcis and writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa are trying to do in the pages of this week’s Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina #1. A year after Aguirre-Sacasa teamed up with artist Francesco Francavilla and found critical and commercial success with Afterlife With Archie, where the familiar teenagers of Riverdale found themselves contending with the zombie apocalypse, he’s joining artist Robert Hack to try to strike gold a second time — not with a spinoff of Afterlife, but by expanding the horror line with an entirely new title, taking the same characters and twisting them around again.

The result is a comic that dives headling into a world of horror, witchcraft and high school drama, and while it might not have the immediate eyebrow-raising hook of seeing Archie beat his zombified father to death with a baseball bat, it’s definitely a pretty amazing comic that’s hitting at exactly the right time.

READ MORE

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cogito-ergo-amo:

What happens at Skeleton Rave stays at Skeleton Rave

cogito-ergo-amo:

What happens at Skeleton Rave stays at Skeleton Rave

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@1 week ago with 79928 notes
#stinememories