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December 14, 2012

Congressional Hearing Calls for Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline

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On Tuesday, December 11, Illinois Senator Richard Durbin, chair of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights, held the first-ever congressional hearing on how to effectively end the “school-to-prison pipeline”—the practice of criminalizing student misconduct that increases the chances that students, particularly low-income students of color, will end up involved in the justice system.

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December 11, 2012

In Response to "Kids-for-Cash" Scandal, PA Supreme Court Adopts New Rules of Appellate Procedure

posted by Juvenile Law Center

On December 10, 2012, the Court adopted new Rules of Appellate Procedure that provide for quick review of out-of-home placement in delinquency matters. Because juveniles often complete their time in placement in less time than it typically takes to process an appeal from an adjudication, new Rule 1770 provides an immediate mechanism for juveniles who are adjudicated delinquent to have their out-of-home placement reviewed by the appellate court prior to formal appellate review of the adjudication or other matters. 

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Luzerne Kids for Cash Scandal|News and Announcements
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December 07, 2012

Juvenile Law Center Plays Leadership Role at the 2012 Models for Change National Conference

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Juvenile Law Center’s Bob Schwartz, Marsha Levick and Lourdes Rosado recently played leadership roles at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change conference in Washington, DC, participating as moderators and panelists to help further juvenile justice reform in the United States.

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November 13, 2012

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author William Ecenbarger Discusses His New "Kids-for-Cash" Book

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On Wednesday, November 28, Juvenile Law Center will present an event in partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia featuring author William Ecenbarger. Ecenbarger, a former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter, won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Three Mile Island disaster and a George L. Polk Award for his coverage of corruption in the Pennsylvania legislature. Ecenbarger will discuss his new book Kids for Cash: Two Judges, Thousands of Children, and a $2.8 Million Kickback Scheme (New Press). 

Kids for Cash tells the story of the Luzerne County judicial corruption scandal, which Juvenile Law Center helped uncover in 2007 following a call from an alarmed parent that prompted us to investigate irregularities in Luzerne County's juvenile court.

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October 24, 2012

Pennsylvania Misses the Mark on Life Without Parole for Juveniles

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Pennsylvania this month missed an opportunity to transform the harshest sentencing scheme in the world into one that is fair, proportional, and consistent with the latest knowledge of adolescent development.

On June 25, 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Miller v. Alabama, the third in a series of recent landmark opinions regarding the sentencing of youth in the criminal justice system. Each of these decisions recognized that youth under the age of 18 should not be treated the same as adults, and that harsh sentencing laws that fail to take account of the distinct attributes of children and youth will fail to pass constitutional muster. Children are not simply smaller versions of adults and are not as culpable for their actions. In Miller, the Court found mandatory life without parole sentences to be unconstitutional for youth convicted of murder committed when they were under the age of 18. Pennsylvania leads the nation and the world in this area, with over five hundred juveniles sentenced to mandatory life without parole following conviction of either first or second degree murder.

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
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