Established as a non-profit in 2001, Pendulum is dedicated to educating the public about the issue of children in adult prisons, and in transforming the lives of all those youthful offenders who are currently behind bars. Colorado has approximately 50 juveniles serving life without parole (LWOP). Pendulum stays in close written contact with those young men and women, plus other youths serving long prison sentences. Because of our unusual access to offenders and their families, we can provide comprehensive background data for researchers documenting the lives of children in adult prisons. We continue to receive extensive international media interest. Radio, television and print reporters from Germany, Austria, Great Britain, France and other industrialized nations have profiled our young men and women, as well as our organization. In addition, we’ve received local, regional and national coverage.
The most extensive coverage has been Frontline’s, WHEN KIDS GET LIFE, a 90 minute documentary that details the lives of our Colorado juvenile LWOP. (Accessed through PBS.org/ type in Frontline). In summer 2013, the powerful documentary LOST FOR LIFE, was released, which asks the question: Could You Forgive? It has prominent Colorado connections. Link to Lost for Life first trailer, press kit, and more: http://www.snagfilms.com/lostforlife/Separate YouTube Trailer Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NUVB5kzp5ZAThanks to Pendulum’s efforts, under its 501c4 arm, Pendulum Juvenile Justice, Colorado was the first state to have lowered juvenile LWOP sentences. Currently, no child can serve more than 40 years without an opportunity for parole. That is far too much time, but it’s a start. We were also instrumental in the idea behind Colorado’s Juvenile Clemency Board – the first of its kind in the nation. We have also funded education efforts for incarcerated former juveniles. We originated a college scholarship program for those serving 20 years or more inside and Words Beyond Bars, the only secular volunteer program inside Colorado’s prison system. We provide distance learning videos, financially support restorative justice and other education efforts, and are working with DOC to provide computers for all facilities which will allow prisoners access to Khan Academy. In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that mandatory juvenile life without parole sentences are unconstitutional. We are working with coalition members to bring a bill addressing lower sentences to Colorado’s legislature, and will do so in 2014.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled mandatory juvenile life without parole sentences are unconstitutional. A bill dealing that would have brought Colorado into compliance with the supreme court was killed before receiving a hearing on April 2, 2013. Click this link for in-depth information about the issue, and our next plan of action. fromlifetojustice.pendulumfoundation.com