Thanks to all of you who have supported our efforts, financially, spiritually and emotionally, in 2011. Following is a list of our activities this year, as well as our goals for 2012.
2011’S YEAR IN REVIEW
– Featured in local, regional and national articles on juvenile life without parole. Subject of a French documentary television segment – our fourth — and will be part of a JLWOP documentary to be released, hopefully, in 2012.
–Provided college scholarships for more than a dozen former juveniles serving life or 20 years or more in prison.
–Provided financial support for a new victims outreach/support group.
–Provided background support and connections for pilot restorative justice program.
–Purchased 400 books for Classics of American Literature Course to be taught at Limon Correctional Facility via Distance Learning. Books include Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Red Badge of Courage, The Great Gatsby, Sun Also Rises, and Poetry such as Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost.
–Provided more distance learning DVDs of college courses for prison facilities.
–Presented gang intervention and education programs to DOC with goals of system-wide implementation.
–Have computers and recycled equipment ready to be used in facilities for revolutionary education programs.
–provided background support and connections for pilot restorative justice program.
–Originated book club idea and support for a groundbreaking course that will be taught at Limon Correctional Facility.
–Support and guidance for lawsuits dealing with lack of programs for juvenile lifers, and improper opening of legal mail.
–Ongoing discussions on re-classification, so that juvenile lifers can go to lower level facilities rather than being stuck at the highest, harshest levels.
–Attended 7 Habits of Highly Effective People classes at various prisons, and prisoner commencements and graduations. Also, provided funding for related books and supplies.
–Continued to speak at colleges and give presentations of Frontline, When Kids Get Life
GOALS FOR 2012
Create a juvenile clemency board that actually works for juveniles with new members, new criteria and a variety of ways for these young men and women to earn their freedom.
Support efforts for a battered children’s clemency project similar to a battered women’s clemency project that resulted in freedom for 4 women at the end of Governor Roy Romer’s final term in 2000.
Narrowed legislation, depending on Republican support, targeting lowered sentences for some of our young men.
Implement intensive gang prevention and education programs throughout facilities.
Get computers into facilities that will allow access to www.khanacademy.org and a whole new world of education for all those who are incarcerated.
If anyone would be interested in supporting us through a year-end tax deductible donation, you can click on www.paypal.com or go to www.pendulumfoundation.com.
Thanks once again to ALL of you,
Mary Ellen Johnson and everyone at Pendulum