Adult Time for Adult Crimes: Panel Discussion on Juvenile Sentencing

December 10, 2009
Hosted by Susan Bartelstone

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Episode Description

In 1989, 13-year-old Joe Sullivan was found guilty of burglary and the rape of a 72-year-old woman. With an already extensive rap sheet, he was judged incorrigible by a Florida court and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Now, he's challenging that sentence and the case is presently being heard by the Supreme Court. This week, Crime Prevention Specialist Susan Bartelstone moderates a panel discussion on juvenile sentencing. Her guests are Chicago defense attorney and TV/radio analyst Tamara Holder, who is currently seeking a pardon for a prisoner serving 60 years for a murder committed at age 13; psychotherapist Kathleen O’hara, author of A Grief Like No Other: Surviving the Violent Death of Someone You Love, based on the murder of her son by a juvenile presently serving life; and ex-con Lawrence Lawton, who is now helping kids about to go down the wrong path with his Florida-based Reality Check program; and a call-in from the National Organization for Victims of Lifers.

Crime Prevention 101

Crime Prevention 101

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Welcome to Crime Prevention 101, the Personal Safety radio show with an optimistic perspective on a sober subject. Get set for personal safety stories that demand to be heard whether heartbreaking, infuriating or just plain weird; learn about hot crime topics and people who are making the headlines; and find out about the trends and legal developments that are going to impact your life, either positively or negatively, in the future. Most importantly, be empowered and inspired by success stories about people who've fought off an attacker or deterred a crime. You’ll also get a chance to address your own personal safety concerns, either by phone or e-mail. So, tune in to “Crime Prevention 101.” It'd be a crime not to listen!

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Susan Bartelstone

Susan Bartelstone

Talking the talk because she's walked the walk! Years ago, Susan Bartelstone had a bad break-up with a guy, complete with physical and emotional bruises, and determined to learn how to protect herself. Today, she's a certified Crime Prevention Specialist and personal safety expert, with 17 years combined training in WWII Combatives, self defense and martial arts. Along the way, she deterred five extremely dangerous criminal encounters, fought her way out of a surprise attack and, for more than 18 years, from such organizations as American Express, the U.S. Post Office and the Livery Cab Owners Coalition of New York.. Author of Think Fast and Prevent a Violent Crime: How to Respond to Danger in 20 Seconds (or Less!), which is based on her own experiences, she’s been featured in a long and varied list of media, including the “Today Show,” “America’s Most Wanted” and Self Magazine.

Over the years, she’s helped thousands of people solve their personal safety dilemmas with her personal safety programs and her practical advice—which stresses the many opportunities you have to avoid or defuse a criminal encounter and how to use your brains instead of your muscles in a fight.

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