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July 08, 2016

Kids in the "Box”: Solitary Confinement Is Just Government-Sanctioned Child Abuse

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Every day, children across the U.S. are held in solitary confinement in juvenile and adult correctional facilities. They are confined to a small cell for 22 to 24 hours a day and are often held in total isolation for weeks or even months at a time. Children in solitary are regularly denied education, counseling, and other services they need for healthy growth and development. You can learn more about solitary confinement of our youth and experience the size and feel of a solitary cell as part of an installation at the Free Library of Philadelphia beginning July 21st.

Tags:Ending Solitary Confinement|Juvenile and Criminal Justice
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June 23, 2016

Federal Guidance Unveiled to Improve School Success for Foster Youth

posted by Katherine Burdick

The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services released a new joint guidance about implementation of the foster care school stability provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Tags:Access to Education|Child Welfare and Foster Care|State and Federal Legislation
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June 21, 2016

Marsha Levick, Finalist for 2016 Attorney of the Year Award

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Marsha Levick, Co-Founder, Deputy Director and Chief Counsel, Juvenile Law Center of Philadelphia was a finalist for the "Attorney of the Year" award by The Legal Intelligencer newspaper/American Lawyer Media June 21, 2016.

Tags:News and Announcements
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June 16, 2016

Youth Advocating for Change: Make College a Reality for Us

posted by Juvenile Law Center

This year was another great year for our youth advocates. Both programs were passionate about improving access to higher education for youth in the child welfare and justice systems. Each group developed a unique project that tackled this issue from slightly different angles.

Tags:Youth Fostering Change|Access to Education|Juveniles for Justice|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)|Youth Engagement Programs
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June 02, 2016

Americans want opportunity, not punishment for youth

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Youth First Initiative's recent national public opinion poll shows that most Americans overwhelmingly favor shifting the focus of the juvenile justice system from punishment and incarceration to prevention and rehabilitation. Juvenile Law Center is a national partner with Youth First, and their national poll results align with what we know does – and doesn’t – work when it comes to how we treat youth in the juvenile justice system.

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Reducing Length of Stay|Second Chances
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