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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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January 12, 2017

Setting the Stage for Success in 2017: 2016 Year-End Highlights

posted by Executive Director, Susan V. Mangold; Deputy Director and Chief Counsel, Marsha Levick

Happy New Year! While we are preparing to confront new challenges in 2017, we ended 2016 with some important wins in some of our key issue areas: reducing transfer to adult court, ending juvenile life-without-parole and other extreme sentencing, and improving educational access and success for foster youth and justice system-involved youth.

Tags:Access to Education|Cost of Justice|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)|Reducing Transfers to the Adult System
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November 14, 2016

We Will Redouble Our Efforts for Youth in the Child Welfare and Justice Systems

posted by Executive Director, Susan V. Mangold; Deputy Director and Chief Counsel, Marsha Levick

The results of last week’s Presidential election have caused fear, anxiety and uncertainty in our communities and especially among the youth we serve. We pledge to you that we will redouble our efforts to fight for justice on behalf of all children involved in our child welfare and justice systems.

To the youth we serve, we hear your fears and frustration.  We will continue to work tirelessly to amplify your voices to reform the systems meant to serve you. 

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|News and Announcements
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