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April 29, 2013

Juvenile Law Center, Partners Issue Federal Policy Recommendations To Improve Correctional and Reentry Education for Youth

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Juvenile Law Center, along with colleagues at Open Society Policy CenterPA Academic and Career/Technical Training Alliance (PACTT), Racial Justice Initiative, and Robert F. Kennedy Juvenile Justice Collaborative, has issued federal policy recommendations to the Departments of Education, Justice, and Labor on improving the quality of and access to education for young people in correctional facilities and upon reentry to the community. 

Tags:Access to Education|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|State and Federal Legislation
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April 29, 2013

Casey Foundation Recognizes Juvenile Law Center for National Juvenile Justice Reform Work

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At this year's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Intersite Conference, held in Atlanta on April 16-18, Juvenile Law Center received the "Gloria J. Jenkins Award for Outstanding Contributions to Juvenile Justice Reform by a Community Organization." 

The award recognized our system reform efforts, particularly our amicus curiae briefs to the United States Supreme Court in cases that have significantly benefited juveniles, including Roper v. Simmons, Graham v. Florida, J.D.B. v. North Carolina, and Miller v. Alabama, as well as our ongoing litigation and advocacy work related to the Luzerne County "kids-for-cash" scandal.

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|News and Announcements
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April 15, 2013

Help Support Juvenile Law Center: Vote for Us in the Webby People's Voice Awards!

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Juvenile Law Center's website has been nominated for a Webby People's Voice Award in the Law category, and we need your help!

Please take a minute to vote for us now: http://pv.webbyawards.com/nominees/web/general-website/law

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|News and Announcements
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April 05, 2013

New York Times, Comcast Newsmakers Review "Kids for Cash” By Pulitzer Prize-winning Author; Juvenile Law Center Efforts Featured

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Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Bill Ecenbarger’s new book, “Kids for Cash,” details the scandal of the same name that occurred from 2003-2008 in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, where ex-judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan accepted millions of dollars in kickbacks from two private, for-profit juvenile facilities in exchange for sending hundreds of children to those facilities (as well as other out-of-home placements) for often-minor offenses. Many of the children appeared in court without counsel.

In a review of “Kids for Cash” in The New York Times this week, writer Abbe Smith calls the book “a harrowing tale, lucidly told by a journalist with a good eye for detail” and counts Juvenile Law Center attorneys among the “heroes … who represented two of the detained children and petitioned the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to stop the widespread waiver of counsel.”

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Luzerne Kids for Cash Scandal|News and Announcements
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March 26, 2013

Juvenile Law Center Responds to Pennsylvania Supreme Court's Ruling in Commonwealth v. Batts

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On March 26, 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in Commonwealth v. Batts held that Qu’eed Batts, who received a mandatory life without parole sentence for a crime he committed when he was 14, was entitled to a resentencing hearing. At that resentencing, Mr. Batts can receive a sentence of life, leaving the trial court the discretion to set the minimum term that Mr. Batts must serve. 

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
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