Advocates Encouraged by Governor’s New Reform Effort

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“We have heard repeatedly – including from our youth advocates in Juveniles for Justice and Youth Fostering Change, and from young people at Glen Mills – that young people in institutions across the Commonwealth are not safe or supported, nor do they receive an effective education,” said Kate Burdick, senior attorney at Juvenile Law Center. “The key to reform is moving away from a failed youth prison model; Governor Wolf is right to prioritize bold reductions in institutional placements. As the work moves forward, we urge the Governor to ensure that directly impacted youth and families drive the conversation on reform.”

About the Expert

Kate Burdick focuses on advancing education rights and improving outcomes for youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Areas of expertise include school stability, special education issues for court-involved youth, educational decision-making, education for youth in facilities, and credit transfer/educational reentry issues.