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Page60..NC.V*L'.E.T.--ES, S,.Pa.,VA, Th.rsdav, Novemberl9, 009 New report sheds light on Virginia's flawed system for trying youth as adults i -Findings Cite Lack of Fairness for Youth and Professionals 'Support for Change- The JustChildren Program Court only require and receive a outcomes for the involved (JCP) of the Legal Aid Justice sentence of probation, adolescents, but will increase Center released a new report The law is unbalanced as public safety," says Dr. Jeffrey cauing on Virginia policy prosecutors have unprecedented, Aaron, a psychologist at the Future looking bright by Scott Chafin The future of the Castlewood Lady Devils basketball program is looking very bright On November 8th, the Lady Devils 7%8th grade girls' traveling team won the 8th Annual Blue Devils Kickoff Classic held at Castle- wood High School. Even though it was a shared championship due to a power outage they managed to go undefeated on the weekend. On November 12th, the Lady Devils llU and 13U teams won their division in the 5th Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Day Basket- ball Classic held at St. Paul High School. Both teams went un- defeated on the weekend. The I lU team was able to dominate their competition. They out- scored their opponents 98-20 on the weekend. Samantha Couch, Shiann Couch, Chandra Chafin, Cristen Chafin, Sydney Elam and Candida Scarberry led the way for the 11U team. The 13U Lady Devils only had one close game on the weekend and that was a hard fought championship game against a very strong Lebanon Lady Pioneer team. The 13U team was led by Korey Puttee, Lexie Kennedy, Kelsey Fields, Erika Hubbard and Brittany Allen. On the season the Lady Devils 13U travel team has a 10-1 record and over the past three seasons this group of girls has won 93 games and have won 2 1 tournaments. Several of the girls have put up some great numbers during their short basketball careers, but two of the Lady Devils players have put up some really impress- sive scoring numbers. Haley Crabtree and Kacie Jessee both have scored over 1,000 points over the past three years. Kelsey Fields, Lexie Kennedy, Korey Puttee, Emily Higgins and Chandra Chafin have all also put up some pretty good scoring numbers. Each of these girls has scored over 500 points over the past three years. The 2009-2010 roster of girls includes: Alanna Kiser, Candida Scarberry, Chandra Chafin, Chelsie Phillips, Cristen Chafin, EmilyHiggins, Gracie Hicks, HaleyCrabtree, Jenna Hall, KacieJessee, Kalyn Purtee, Kelsie Fields, Lexi Monk, Lexie Kennedy, Morgan Wallace, Ryk- iela Street, Samantha Couch, Sara Hamilton, Shiann Couch, Sydney Elam and Tori Long. Coaches for these traveling basketball teams include the following: Scott Chafin, Jason Monk, Jerry Hall and Leigha Statzer. ',. ,., SKATEBOARD PARK SITE...W&L Construction contributed asphalt for the surface of St. Paul's proposed Skateboard Park, and then rolled the surface so that it would be ready for the next step, which is fencing and the placing of equipment. The Skateboard Park, a Town project, is located between Dinsmore :Hall (the old Coca-Cola plant) and Ma Whitenack Little League Field. i: Flatwoods Job Corps students are 2nd in 'skills competition Fiatwoods Job Corps Center received a second place prize of $10,000 in the sixth annual Career Technical Skills Train- ing Competition sponsored by the Philadelphia Region of Job Corps. Students at the Flatwoods center won for remodeling the Clinch Ranger District Office in Coebum. Judges commended the students on their attention to detail and quality craftsmanship. The project incorporated car- pentry, welding, electrical and construction maintenance, which are among the many career technical training areas offered at Job Corps. "We're very proud of all of the students who participated in this project," said David Scholes, Flatwoods center direc- tor. "The students really came ' together in a great team effort to create something that will bene- fit the Clinch Ranger District Officer for years to come. Entries were rated in the following areas: how the project enhances the lives of community members and improves the ap- pearance of the community; the quality of the workmanship, in- cluding design, craftsmanship and professionalism; and the variety of skills used in the proiect. The Job Corps Philadelphia Regional Office established the competition six years ago to give students hands-on ex- perience in their career training areas, to provide them with an opportunity to showcase their skills, to help them make a difference in their local com- munities, and to boost student morale and retention. The com- petition reflects many of Job Corps' goals for students, such as learning and applying new skills, developing a strong work ethic, and growing as indivi- duals. Job Corps is the nation's largest federally funded career training and education program for income-eligible youth ages 16 through 24. At 122 centers nationwide, the program pro- vides training and support ser- vices to more than 100,000 young people each year in more than 100 different career areas. The Philadelphia Region of Job Corps is composed of 20 centers located in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Mary- land, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Those who want to learn more about Job Corps and what it has to offer may call 800-733-JOBS or visit the Job Corps recruiting website at http://recruiting.jobcorps.gov. Stop for any school bus loading or unloading children! Morcan I I !l[I Ill IIII II I I There are few things more adorable than a cute, cuddly puppy. But.all puppies grow...and some grow a lot. Dogs have different exercise, groomir~g, nutrition, and vet care needs. So before you bring a puppy home, make sure you r~akc the time to research the right breed for your lifestyle.Think before you add a puppy to your family. It's important to use your head, not just your heart. Remember, owning a dog is a lifetime commitment. Visit www.akc.org to learn more about finding the right breed for you. makers to reexamine the state's current system for trying youth as adults. The report, Don't Throw Away the Key: Reev- aluating Adult Time for Youth Crime in Virginia, examines the impact of the 1996 legislative changes that dramatically cur- tained the decision making power of juvenile court judges, and finds that the law is overly broad, unbalanced, can be unfairly applied, and can lead to increases in youth re-offending rates. The report's findings and recommendations are timely as the Virginia State Crime Com- mission is currently studying the issue of trying youth as adults and is expected to issue their recommendations on December 15, 2009. "The 1996 law changes eliminated the checks and balances that exist in most other areas of our juvenile and criminal justice system, creating too much opportunity for premature and one sided decision-making, as well as sweeping too many less serious offenders into the adult system," said Andrew Block, JCP Legal Director and co-author of this report. "This law must be re- examined in light of what we now know about how it has been used, and the national research which shows that putting youth in the adult system ultimately makes communities less safe." Key Findings from the report include: Nearly 700 youth a year receive adult felony convictions in Virginia. The law is overly broad and unnecessarily sweeps youth into the adult criminal justice system. One measure of this is that more than 1 and 5 of all youth convicted of felonies in Circuit and unreviewable, authority over Commonwealth Center for the majority of decisions to try a youth in the adult criminal justice system, and have to make their decision very early in the process. As a result, too many youth unnecessarily receive adult felony convictions and are exposed to adult prisoners. The law is unfair, as it often lacks impartial, reviewable, and transparent decision, and dis- proportionately affects African American youth. More than 80% of the youth who are tried as adults and in the custody of the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice are African American, even though only approximately 20% of youth in Virginia are African American. The law is counter- productive as trying youth as adults increases, rather than decreases crime. Studies show that youth transferred to adult court were 34% more likely to re-offend than youth in the juvenile justice system. The majority of professionals working in Virginia's juvenile justice system support changing the current law and giving judges the authority and re- sponsibility to make transfer decisions. "Study after study from around the country confirms what we might suspect: that youth prosecuted in adult courts are more likely to re-offend than similar youth in the juvenile justice system" says Dr. Barry Krisberg, an expert on juvenile and criminal justice and the President of the National Coun- cil on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD). "Research demonstrates that in most eases, retention in the juvenile justice system will not only maximize positive Children and Adolescents and a faculty member at the University of Virginia. Dr. Barry Chlebnikow, Principal of the education programs at the James River and Henrico Juvenile Detention Centers argues that "the youth who are being tried as adults are, in most cases, no different than the other kids we serve. We've got to recognize that youth offenders require interventions that will make a difference in other lives. Being treated as adults doesn't make a difference. Potent educational programs coupled with strong therapeutic interventions can make a difference for these youthful offenders." Recommendations to the Virginia Officials: Restore authority over the decision to try youth in adult criminal court to juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court judges who are the best trained and most equipped to make such decisions. Increase training regarding youthful offenders and dispositions for Circuit Court judges. Eliminate the use of adult jails for pre-trial detention of youth charged as adults. JustChildren is the largest children's law program in Virginia, with offices in Charlottesville, Richmond and Petersburg. For the last four years JustChildren has spent extensive time exammmg Virginia's system of trying youth as adults, including representing youth at various stages of the transfer process. For more information on trying youth as adults in Virginia, visit www.dontthrowawaythekey.org. "i Russell County Unit's Extension news Provided by the Russell County Extension Office Your Russell County Unit of the Virginia Tech and Virginia State Extension Division-- Cornelia Estep, Scott Jessee, Donna Meade and Bill Worrell presents this week's Extension News. Our office is located on 131 East Main Street, Lebanon, VA. Check out our Virginia Tech Public Website Address: www.ext.vt.edu/ Extension Calendar of Events: Scott Jessee - Agriculture catalog, please call the Scott County Cattlemen's Extension Office at 889-8056. Premium Assured Heifer Sale Donna Meade - Family and The Scott County Consumer Science Cattlemen's Association will Tips for Reading with hold its annual Premium Children Assured Bred Heifer Sale on Reading aloud is one of the Saturday, November 28 at 12:00 best ways to spend quality time noon at the Washington County with your child. Fairgrounds in Abingdon. All The holidays find us heifers in the sale are confirmed gathering together for some bred by ultrasound, and many quality time with our families are AI Sired (KCF Bennett Total, and the University of Nevada ALC Big Eye D09N, and SAV Extension has some quality tips November 23: VQA Take-UP at Abingdon Livestock Market; November 28: Scott County Cattlemen's Association, Premium Assured Heifer Sale,. Washington County Fairgrounds 12:00 noon; December 10: Corn Silage Production Meeting, Wytheville, VA December 11: Final Retained Ownership Shipment for 2009 December 15: Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Session If you need information about any of the listed events, please call the Extension Office at (276) 889-8056. d Final Answer). The sex of many for reading with your children, t of the calves is known and listed Read the book first yourself. 1 in the sale catalog. Knowing the story wilt. help you All heifers have been pelvic know what comes next. Choose measured, reproductive tract scored, and have received the following vaccinations: 7-way clostridials IBR, PI3, BVD I & II, and BRSV Lepto and Vibrio Brucellosis The Scott County Sale is an excellent opportunity to add quality replacement heifers "to your herd. Cattle will be available for viewing on the evening of Friday, November 27. For more information or a sale a regular story time. Quiet times are great! Find a cozy, quiet place to read the story. Call it your reading spot. Make sure the children can see the pictures. Hold the book up or lay it in your lap. Keep the story time short enough to leave them wanting more later. Look for ways during the day to add to messages in the story. The mo~e people your child sees and hea! reading aloud, the more he c she will be turned on to boo} and learning. I" MOTORISTS: Stop for pedestrians in the Library Crosswalk.. ., It's the law! / I S- ;., "" " 2010 Ford Taurus 3.5L V6 engine, 6 speed automatic transmission, 19 gallon fuel tank, 505 post crash alert system, safety canopy 2 rows and many more great options! Saint Paul, VA (276) 762,5535 mor anmcclureford.com ,