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April 06, 2017

Sessions' Move on Consent Decrees a Step Backward

posted by Susan Mangold, Executive Director

In one of the latest examples of efforts by the current administration to undo reforms, Attorney General Sessions has announced in a memo to Justice Department attorneys that they must review all “existing and contemplated consent decrees.” This directive calls into question the consent decrees negotiated by the Justice Department with cities and police forces throughout the country to address discriminatory practices and abuses by police.

Tags:Cost of Justice|Juvenile and Criminal Justice
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March 21, 2017

Honoring the 2017 Juvenile Law Center Leadership Prize Winners

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Last night at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Juvenile Law Center was honored to present three extraordinary individuals with our 2017 Leadership Prizes.

Tags:News and Announcements
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March 13, 2017

Eight Recommendations for Homelessness Prevention for Youth Aging Out of Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Yesterday, Juvenile Law Center’s Child Welfare Policy Director Jennifer Pokempner testified before Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Housing, Neighborhood Development and the Homeless on Councilwoman’s Blackwell’s Resolution 170027 to investigate ways the city can prevent homeless through new models.

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Normalcy for Foster Youth
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March 07, 2017

Policy Victory on Economic Justice for Families of Incarcerated Youth

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Juvenile Law Center’s work on costs, fines and fees for youth in the juvenile justice system and their families featured in national news; Philadelphia changes citywide policy on “child support” fine collection.

Tags:Cost of Justice|Juvenile and Criminal Justice
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February 23, 2017

Does Incarcerating Youth Affect Their Health As Adults?

posted by Juvenile Law Center

A new study by the American Pediatrics Association (APA) entitled, How Does Incarcerating Young People Affect their Adult Health Outcomes? indicates that youth who are incarcerated have poor health outcomes as they mature into adults. According to the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, most people would agree that “[t]he healthy development of all children is essential for a thriving and prosperous community.” The findings of the APA study provide support for the Juvenile Law Center’s Ten Strategies to Reduce Juvenile Length of Stay.

Tags:Access to Healthcare|Juvenile and Criminal Justice
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