For one who is the poster child for all that is wrong with this country’s judicial system and its heavy-handed methods when it comes to children, the existence of organizations like CFSY means everything. And that’s no exaggeration.

When a child is sent away for the rest of his/her life, he/she can’t help but eventually begin to buy into the message that was so strongly conveyed in the courtroom : “You weren’t even worth being born!”

It is an amazing thing when a group of people get together and say, “You’re not a lost cause,” and then go out into the world expending all their efforts trying to convince others of this truth.

These organizations are like the first responders who come immediately and without hesitation to try to rescue that kid stuck in the drainpipe – refusing to leave until they’ve achieved success. The frenzy they create gets the attention of others who either lend a hand or provide food and supplies — and so forth and so on until the job is done.

Ralph Brazel
Sentenced to three life-without-parole terms as a teen
Released from prison in 2013, weeks before his 40th birthday