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Cost of Justice|Juvenile and Criminal Justice

April 13, 2017

Clinic Leads National Effort to End Discriminatory Juvenile Justice Fees

Andrew Cohen, Berkley Law

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Juvenile and Criminal Justice

April 06, 2017

For-profit prisons should be a thing of the past

commentary by Susan V. Mangold, Lancaster Online

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

March 30, 2017

We’re Number One! Philly leads the nation in a dubious category: juvenile life without parole. Does it need to be this way?

David A. Love, The Philadelphia Citizen

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April 19, 2017

Civil Rights Groups File Preliminary Injunction in Case Against Wisconsin State Officials to Halt Unconstitutional Use of Solitary Confinement, Other Inhumane Conditions in State-Run Youth Correctional Facilities

Today the ACLU of Wisconsin and Juvenile Law Center, with pro-bono assistance from Quarles & Brady, filed a request for a preliminary injunction in federal court to halt the unconstitutional use of solitary confinement and other inhumane conditions and practices for youth in state-run correctional facilities. The suit was originally filed in January on behalf of youth confined in the Lincoln Hills School for Boys and the Copper Lake School for Girls. Earlier this week, the groups filed an amended complaint with additional children incarcerated at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake as plaintiffs.

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March 29, 2017

In L.B.M. Case, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Youth in Foster Care Facing Termination of Parental Rights Have a Right to an Attorney

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court yesterday reversed and remanded the order terminating parental rights in the case of L.B.M., holding that failure to appoint client-directed counsel to represent the children’s legal interests was a structural error. Juvenile Law Center filed an amicus brief in this case and applauds this outcome. “This case represents a key victory in the state of Pennsylvania for children’s rights,” said Lisa Swaminathan, Staff Attorney at Juvenile Law Center, who led the amicus brief effort. ACLU of Pennsylvania, Community Legal Services, National Association of Counsel for Children, National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel, and Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network all joined in the brief.

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January 24, 2017

Civil Rights Groups File Class Action Lawsuit Against Wisconsin State Officials for Unconstitutional Use of Solitary Confinement, Other Inhumane Conditions in State-Run Youth Correctional Facilities

The ACLU of Wisconsin and Juvenile Law Center, with pro-bono assistance from Quarles & Brady, filed a class action lawsuit today in federal court against four Wisconsin state officials, including Wisconsin Secretary of Corrections Jon E. Litscher, citing the unconstitutional use of solitary confinement and inhumane conditions for youth in state-run correctional facilities. The suit was filed on behalf of youth confined in the Lincoln Hills School for Boys and the Copper Lake School for Girls.

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