Kid Incarcerated For Getting “F” On Report Card

CANNABIS CULTURE – Do you remember several months ago when I asked you to call the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office on my behalf? They were drilled with thousands of phone calls that eventually led to my release and our family getting our handicapped son, Zack, returned to us. We have been enjoying the reunion with Zack and I feel like our family is whole again. Candi and I cannot thank you enough for getting involved and helping us. Thank you, thank you and thank you.

One of my new clients, an 18-year-old young man, Tanner Passarella, and his father, Fred, now needs your help. While attending high school in Utah, Tanner made an “F” on his report card and was sentenced to criminal juvenile probation. Tanner then tested positive for synthetic pot, Spice, so the judge removed Tanner from the custody of his father and placed him in foster care. When Tanner began receiving threats from the “gang-type” foster kids, he ran away to be with his father. Hearing of this, the judge incarcerated Tanner where he remains injured and against his will at the juvenile detention center.

At the time Tanner made and “F” on his report card, he was considered a super senior with college credits for diesel mechanics. Tanner was employed by a major company making $20 per hour to help support his disabled father, Fred. Because of his current incarceration (his is now 18 years old and graduated from high school), Tanner is unable to work even though the owner of the company has provided a letter to the judge stating Tanner was one of the best employees he has ever had and he has a job waiting for him upon his release. Fred has spent all of his retirement on failed lawyers and trips trying to free his son. Tanner’s mother, a former mine inspector, died from complications from PTSD when Tanner was 10 years old.

You heard correctly, Tanner was never caught with anything illegal, has no criminal record and was removed from his home and sentenced to juvenile detention for making and “F” and peeing dirty for Spice.

At first, I couldn’t believe such madness was taking place so I began investigating and secretly recorded a phone conversation between Tanner’s juvenile probation officer and myself. I tricked the probation officer and claimed to be a concerned parent and after being asked several times, I assured him he was not being recorded. In the recording, the probation officer admits to the madness and advised if my son were in this situation, he would fight like hell. The probation officer then shows concerns about the judge discovering he admitted to this. Listen to the recording.

Last week, renowned reporter Stephen Webster with Raw Story uncovered a story of this same judge physically slapping a 16 year old across the face and in a separate case, ordering a 12 year old girl to be strip-searched and forcing the mother to cut off her ponytail in court. Fox news reported the story last night after Raw Story’s release.

Upon hearing of Tanner’s case, Utah State Representative, Kristeen Watkins, went before the judge demanding Tanner’s release. The judge instructed her that nobody was going to tell him what to do. State Representative Watkins then visited Tanner at the detention center. She is a very compassionate woman and is a good example of how our politicians should respond to such injustices.

Tanner is currently incarcerated at the Odyssey House in Salt Lake City Utah and still suffers from a broken ankle and wrist that the Odyssey House is refuses to treat. Tanner suffered the injuries in a car accident and obtained a prescription to have the injuries X-rayed but until last week, he was left unattended. The juvenile system finally X-rayed his injuries and confirmed his ankle and wrist are indeed broken. However, he still has not received medical care for these injuries.

It is our goal and now your goal to demand Tanner’s release and allow him to use his hard earned education to return to his $20/hour job and help support his disabled father.

This can be accomplished by making a few phone calls like you did for my family and I.

Please call the following and demand Tanner’s release. Be polite but bold as if this were your child injured and incarcerated.

Scott Larson/Juvenile Probation officer with Juvenile Detention that I tricked:
Office: 435 636 4723
Cell: 435 820 6708

Christina Neilson/Director of Adolescent Service/Odyssey House
Office: 801 428 3440
Cell: 801 884 7264

Judge, Scott Johansen/7th District Juvenile/Utah Judicial Conduct Commission
Office: 801 626 3369.

Call and give this lady your support and thank her for being involved:

Kristeen Watkins/Utah State Representative
Office: 435 650 1969

Thanks for your help and consideration in this matter. My efforts have never been a ‘one man show’ and have always needed the activism of readers like you.

Peace and Love

Comments

8 Comments

  1. Anonymous on

    Thanks to all those who are willing to fight this fight!

  2. Anonymous on

    this happens all the time in utah and across the nation. my name is Tanner also and i too was put into the jjs custody in utah. this happend after graduating high school and already being 18. my case worker and judge decided to sentence me to secure care for 12 months. for what you ask? failing one drug test for thc. secure care is the highest level of security for juveniles. so as an adult i was put into and kept in a juvenile correction facility. i was locked behind bars for 12 fucking months for one dirty test. i also had a good job and positive things going for me in my life. but that all came to an end to get me the “help” i needed. i had never even had a drug charge. the system is corrupt and ruins lifes all the time. i will be giving a call to everyone to help this kid and his family out. i dont know this kid but i know his situation first hand and its not right at all. sadly not only does this happen with older kids but younger ones as well. i feel bad for the young ones who get into the system and can not get out, not because of their own behavior but because the system works against them and not with them. please call cause it will make a difference. this has to stop so future generations dont suffer, and trust me they are suffering!

  3. Anonymous on

    Soooo True!

  4. Anonymous on

    Hi Barry, I’m from BC Canada, and am astounded by US law and how they destroy peoples lives. This is the perfect example of American Injustice. My husband would constantly bash the US for the politics and hipocracy, I would try to defend the US as I have relatives in the US and lived there for 6 years as a child. I thank my parents for getting us out of there considering the state the US is in now. We wont even go for a vacation to the US simply because we can’t support their ridiculous thought process or their complete ignorance for humanity and I don’t have to mention the danger. We feel much safer in Mexico, even with all the crazyness going on over there. Atleast, we know what the fighting is about, in the US, you can get killed just for being…

    Oh and one more thing, to those of you who commented that Barry shouldn’t have lied, and shouldn’t have recorded him, HOW THE HELL ELSE WOULD HE GET THE TRUTH PEOPLE! REALLY….YOU REALLY THINK BADLY OF BARRY FOR THAT! IGNORANCE AT IT’S BEST!! THAT’S REAL JOURNALISM, THE ONES THAT DON’T DO THIS ARE PAID FOR BY THE GOVERNMENT TO REPORT WHAT THE GOVERNMENT APPROVES!!!!! LIKE THE TRUTH ABOUT POT…BUT I DIGRESS….sometimes I just cant control myself..

    Hats off to you Barry, I’ve added you to my list of personal heros along with Marc Emery. Please continue to fight the fight! If you don’t who will!! I’m glad to hear from all your supporters and their concerns for poor Tanner. The “Powers that Be” are certifiable and should be charged for child abuse. How Inhumane!!! I look forward to hearing more on Tanner, hope he is home with his father soon!!

    New BC Canadian Fan, JLyne

  5. Anonymous on

    If you looked at the Cannabis Culture with its own unique rights to consume cannabis, In any other culture prohibition would constitute a Hate crime

  6. Anonymous on

    I am with you all the way Barry.

  7. Anonymous on

    This is exactly what I am talking about when I say that the drug war is a “crime against humanity”.
    This absolutely inhuman treatment of someone amounts to nothing less than torture.
    Great suffering occurs all the time as a result of racially and economically profiling and accosting thousands of people every day.
    These crimes will not go unpunished.
    All wars end, all regimes topple and after wars end the war trials begin.
    Legalize! Apologize! Compensate! Prosecute the Perpetrators!