Young people seeking to seal juvenile records face substantial barriers—even after the records are supposedly sealed. This webinar, hosted by the American Bar Association Section of Litigation's Children's Rights Litigation Committee, highlights efforts to limit the public accessibility of juvenile records and to assist youth in expunging them.
In the Luzerne County "kids-for-cash" scandal, children who appeared before ex-juvenile court judge Mark Ciavarella without counsel were three times more likely to be incarcerated than those with counsel.
Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas Judge David R. Workman has joined fellow judges in Monroe and York counties in finding Pennsylvania's Sex Offender Registration Notification Act unconstitutional. The law requires children who are convicted of certain sexual offenses to register for life as sex offenders.
In 2009, the U.S. Attorney shocked the world by announcing his intent to file criminal charges against two judges in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. The judges were accused of accepting millions in kickbacks in exchange for sending children to private, for-profit detention centers. Yet the scope of violations of children's rights in Luzerne County turned out to be more egregious than anyone could have imagined.
The $400,000 settlement should send a message—not just to New Jersey but to jurisdictions across the country—that abusive and punitive isolation of children must end.
On Tuesday, January 28, Juvenile Law Center Supervising Attorney Jessica Feierman will moderate briefings for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on how to help foster youth succeed educationally. RSVP to attend, follow along on Twitter, and join our Tweet Chat on January 30.
Gary Gately, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
Marsha Levick, The Huffington Post Blog
Marsha Levick on "Katie" talk show
Jessica Lahey, The Atlantic
Dave Richards, Erie Times-News
Kirstin Kennedy, Beaver County Times
Michael R. Sisak, Scranton Times-Tribune
Daryl Khan, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
Bob Kalinowski, The Citizens' Voice
Ronnie Polaneczky, Philadelphia Daily News