Dr Surajit Khanna’s Initiative on the Juvenile Reformation Act with Special Young Guest: Kevin, who shares his voice of how to treat those released from Prison.
Welcome to SunRISE with Dr. Surajit Khanna. I am Gary Scarano and this is a “NEWS BYTE” for ages of 10 to 25, brought to you by KhannForKids.com. It’s a good morning small “taste” of what’s going on in the News every Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
The History of the Supreme Court
Today, Kevin will be joining us after Dr. Khanna gives a speech on the History of the Supreme Court. Dr. Khanna is an attorney, a servant of the underserved and champion of the nonprofit VoiceOfTheKids.org.
Dr. Khanna’s “News BYTE” on the Supreme Court
This is a “News BYTE” so I’m just going to give you enough information to do your own research. The purpose of this News BYTE is to educate children, kids, and young adults, from ages 10 to 25, to understand the current situation in this country.
There is a lot of talk about the Supreme Court, because we are trying to appoint a new Justice. We lost Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg few weeks ago, so, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about this.
Do you know what Supreme Court is, in abbreviation is called SCOTUS. It is the highest federal court in the country, and the head of the Judicial Branch of the government. Remember, there are 3 branches of the Government, the Executive (The President) the Legislative (The Congress and Senate), and the Judicial (The Judges), established by the U.S. Constitution. The Supreme Court has the ultimate jurisdiction over all laws within the United States and is responsible for evaluating the constitutionality of those laws. The court, currently made up of nine justices, has the power to check the actions of the other two branches of government—the Executive Branch led by the President and the Legislative Branch of Congress.
When was the Supreme Court Established?
The Supreme Court was established by Article Three of the U.S. Constitution, which granted Congress the power to create inferior federal courts. The Constitution permitted Congress to decide the organization of the Supreme Court, and the legislative branch first exercised this power with the Judiciary Act of 1789. The act, signed into law by President George Washington, specified that the court would be made up of 6 justices who would serve on the court until they died or retired. Supreme Court’s justices are nominated by the President of the United States and confirmed (or denied) by the U.S. Senate. Since the Supreme Court first convened in 1790, 113 justices have served on the bench. Congress altered the number of Supreme Court seats — from a low of 5 to a high of 10 — six times over the years. In 1869, Congress set the number of seats to nine, where it has remained for 151 years until today.
Who Determines the Size of the Supreme Court?
The US Constitution gives the power to Congress, the Legislative Branch of the Government, to establish the laws, but the jurisdiction of who controls them according the Constitution, is the Supreme Court. Nobody is above the Supreme Court, not even the President, not even the Congress, not even the Senate. Everybody has to follow the law, because Supreme Court rules on the law based on the US Constitution.
Kevin, who is now with us and is our guest today. I’m thankful to Kevin for joining us as a young adult. The whole purpose of you joining here so your voice could be heard by many others, like you, or younger than you or older than you. Because young adults are the future of this country, young adults are the backbone of this country. The young are going to give as a ripple effect so we can make a movement. I receive a call the other day called, from someone who wanted to join your movement, we are creating a movement for helping all the children, young adults and to give their voice out.
COVID and University Students
My first question, Kevin is, I know you’re a university student, and what type of challenges are you facing due to this COVID-19 pandemic?
Kevin: We went from having in person lectures to online, and this really affected the classes, you need hands on experience on, like labs. So we went from having chemicals on our hands reading what the reactions do instead of like seeing physically how the reactions occur. It really changed the way the learning experience.
Dr Surajit Khanna’s Initiative on the Juvenile Reformation Act
Dr. Khanna: Thank you, my second question is, what opportunities would you like to see a juvenile given when they come out of the prison? The whole purpose of this show is helping the juveniles, those who are coming out of prison to give them a second chance. God gives us a second chance, why can we give everybody the second chance?
Kevin: Someone very close to me, actually did get out of prison and I’ve seen him struggle to find jobs and other opportunities. So I believe that everyone deserves, like you said, a second chance. And since they’ve gone through the incarceration system and they should be willing to change. And there should be programs established for these people, to help them start somewhere, and then build up from there.
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