Pass the Electronic Monitoring of Minors Act (EMMA)
  • Petitioned President Obama

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President Obama

Pass the Electronic Monitoring of Minors Act (EMMA)

    1. Melissa Higgins
    2. Petition by

      Melissa Higgins

      Merrimack, NH

All juveniles who are questioned in relation to a crime or criminal offense should be videotaped at all times to ensure their rights are protected and to demonstrate that the law enforcement agencies have complied with all necessary and lawful protocol when it comes to interacting with juveniles.

FACT: A number of states try juveniles age 10 and older as adults for crimes such as murder on a mandatory basis. Existence of these laws places young children at risk when they or others are questioned pertaining to a crime and video monitoring is not used.

FACT: Video monitoring is not always used and is not a requirement throughout America. If we are going to try children as adults and subject them to adult sentences in adult prisons don't you think we should afford them the simple protection of requiring all interactions with law enforcement to be videotaped?

Electronic monitoring must take place even when a minor is not suspected of committing a crime and is merely questioned as a potential witness. No questioning of a child, adolescent, or teenager should ever occur in the absence of video monitoring as it increases the probability of the child providing false testimony, giving a false confession, or bearing false witness to an event he or she may not have observed. Moreover, a lack of electronic surveillance places a child or adolescent in jeopardy of having his or her rights violated.

This Act should be required throughout the United Stated to protect the constitutional and civil rights of our nation's juveniles!

Recent signatures


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    Reasons for signing

    • Frank Nunes MIDDLEOTWN, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      Accountability is only fair, we are a civilized society, lets act like it!

    • Lakawthra Cox LAWTON, OK
      • over 2 years ago

      Children have no rights in America but should. I read about an abused teen who shot his abusive father and now is in jail. This video taping issue is something that should be addressed in a national civil rights act for children. Pass a national children rights act by signing my petition too.

      • almost 3 years ago

      This is totally rediculous really? I'm sorry but i don't feel that my children are safe and that they can be wrongly treated in this manner, also. This is horrible. They are children what are these idiots in office or police officers thinking. Dirty cops just want to get home at the end of the day without showing a care in the world for these children shame on them and the dirty judge. They should be ashamed God will take care of them in the afterlife...Yay!!!.

    • Donna Hess BARRACKVILLE, WV
      • almost 3 years ago

      His feet barely touch the the floor what else needs to be said? When a child goes wrong it is because of the crimes of an adult. The adult who is responsible for this child is the one who should come under scrutiny. This child is a victim.

    • Douglas Parke TREGO, MT
      • almost 3 years ago

      I thought it was already mandatory to video tape interrogation and questioning, especially when concerning a minor... How stupid are we to allow things like this to be overlooked.


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