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January 20, 2016

"Making a Murderer": Justice Weeps

posted by Deputy Director and Chief Counsel, Marsha Levick for the Huffington Post Blog

The injustices exposed in Making a Murderer are not limited to Manitowoc, Wisconsin, but mirror systemic failures in jurisdictions across the country. And, as one of the lawyers who litigated the Pennsylvania "Kids for Cash" scandal, the scent of official corruption was all too familiar.

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November 17, 2014

Kids For Cash Screening at The United Nations

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Kids For Cash, a critically acclaimed documentary produced and directed by Robert May, debuted this February and brought the notorious Luzerne county “kids-for-cash” case to audiences in theatres across the U.S. The film will be screened at the United Nations this week on the eve of the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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May 21, 2014

"Kids for Cash" Film Now Available On Demand and As a Digital Download!

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Following a successful nationwide theatrical run, the acclaimed documentary Kids for Cash will be released across all leading Video On Demand and digital platforms today!

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May 12, 2014

Lessons from "Kids for Cash," Part 11: Justice Must Be Color-Blind

posted by Juvenile Law Center

The movie Kids for Cash chronicles the devastating effects the juvenile justice system can have on youth. Many people who see the film—from parents to experts—invariably ask one question: “If this film is meant to depict the devastation done to children in the justice system, why are there no kids of color represented in the film?”

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April 25, 2014

Lessons from "Kids for Cash," Part 10: The United States Leads the World in Incarceration of Juveniles

posted by Juvenile Law Center

The Luzerne County "kids-for-cash" case has been called the “most egregious judicial scandal in U.S. history.” But not for the reasons most people think. The judges accepted $2.8 million in "finder’s fees” from the builder of the new for-profit detention center, and most Americans found that fact both shocking and repugnant. Yet something far worse was exposed in the shadows of the kids-for-cash story: America’s love affair with incarceration.

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