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October 23, 2014

Treatment of 10-Year Old “Adult” Prisoner Making Headlines

posted by Juvenile Law Center

A 10-year old Pennsylvania boy with mental health concerns is currently sitting alone in an adult prison cell, charged as an adult in the killing of a 90-year old woman. Prison officials provided the boy with coloring books and crayons, and guards make sure he has time to “play.”

When we have to schedule “recess” in prison, something is terribly wrong. Prosecutors had no choice but to charge him as an adult—Pennsylvania law requires it—but they can, and should, quickly agree to move the boy’s case to the juvenile justice system.

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice
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October 16, 2014

Testimony before the Pennsylvania House Children and Youth Committee on school stability for kids in foster care.

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Juvenile Law Center supports state legislation that allows children in the child welfare system to stay in the same school even if their living placements disrupt and require moving to another district.

Tags:Child Welfare|Education
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September 03, 2014

Reflections on Justice After Ferguson, MO: When Will Youth of Color Receive the Same Due Process as Officer Darren Wilson?

posted by Marsha Levick, Deputy Director & Chief Counsel

It's been several weeks since Michael Brown was shot by Officer Darren Wilson. The investigation and grand jury proceedings continue as community members in Ferguson, MO and supporters around the country call for justice in Michael Brown's name. But what exactly will justice and due process look like in the wake of his death?

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice
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