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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|Reducing Transfers to the Adult System
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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:Access to Education|Child Welfare and Foster Care|State and Federal Legislation
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