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December 19, 2012

The True Measure of America

posted by Juvenile Law Center

The events and subsequent revelations of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre leave us gasping in horror, momentarily speechless. “There are no words…” seemed to be the collective sentiment of so many. But as we emerge from our shock, we realize that there are words. Lots of them. We, as a nation, simply choose not to listen.

"A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members," said Mahatma Ghandi.

Our weakest members include our children, our citizens with mental health issues, our poor, our sick, our disabled, our elderly – our friends and families and neighbors.

Those of us who work at Juvenile Law Center grieve deeply for the families of the Newtown children who were so brutally murdered.  We are sadly reminded of members of the Juvenile Law Center family who were murdered by gun violence this past year.

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December 14, 2012

Congressional Hearing Calls for Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline

posted by Juvenile Law Center

On Tuesday, December 11, Illinois Senator Richard Durbin, chair of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights, held the first-ever congressional hearing on how to effectively end the “school-to-prison pipeline”—the practice of criminalizing student misconduct that increases the chances that students, particularly low-income students of color, will end up involved in the justice system.

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|School to Prison Pipeline|State and Federal Legislation
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December 11, 2012

In Response to "Kids-for-Cash" Scandal, PA Supreme Court Adopts New Rules of Appellate Procedure

posted by Juvenile Law Center

On December 10, 2012, the Court adopted new Rules of Appellate Procedure that provide for quick review of out-of-home placement in delinquency matters. Because juveniles often complete their time in placement in less time than it typically takes to process an appeal from an adjudication, new Rule 1770 provides an immediate mechanism for juveniles who are adjudicated delinquent to have their out-of-home placement reviewed by the appellate court prior to formal appellate review of the adjudication or other matters. 

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Luzerne Kids for Cash Scandal|News and Announcements
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December 07, 2012

Juvenile Law Center Plays Leadership Role at the 2012 Models for Change National Conference

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Juvenile Law Center’s Bob Schwartz, Marsha Levick and Lourdes Rosado recently played leadership roles at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change conference in Washington, DC, participating as moderators and panelists to help further juvenile justice reform in the United States.

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November 13, 2012

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author William Ecenbarger Discusses His New "Kids-for-Cash" Book

posted by Juvenile Law Center

On Wednesday, November 28, Juvenile Law Center will present an event in partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia featuring author William Ecenbarger. Ecenbarger, a former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter, won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Three Mile Island disaster and a George L. Polk Award for his coverage of corruption in the Pennsylvania legislature. Ecenbarger will discuss his new book Kids for Cash: Two Judges, Thousands of Children, and a $2.8 Million Kickback Scheme (New Press). 

Kids for Cash tells the story of the Luzerne County judicial corruption scandal, which Juvenile Law Center helped uncover in 2007 following a call from an alarmed parent that prompted us to investigate irregularities in Luzerne County's juvenile court.

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