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Sue Mangold,

Ten years ago, the Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Miller v. Alabama. The Court held that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for children 17 or younger convicted of homicide were unconstitutional. We celebrated this decision, as it meant that hundreds of people sentenced as children to die in prison had a chance at redemption, and a chance for freedom.

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This week, members of Juvenile Law Center’s Youth Advocacy group, Advocates Transforming Youth Systems (ATYS), partnered with coalition Philly Homes 4 Youth in holding a

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Marcia Hopkins, MSW , Bill Penn •

For Pennsylvania’s child welfare system, the Ohio teen’s death is a stark reminder.

As we celebrate National Foster Care Month throughout May, stories like Ma’Khia

Juvenile Law Center Applauds Introduction, Urges State Legislature to Act Quickly to Pass Needed Reform


Harrisburg, PA (May 24, 2022) – Last week, Pennsylvania Senators

Although four juvenile justice reform bills are primed to move forward in the Pennsylvania Senate, it would appear that the heaviest of lifting on the

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Kade Diakite, Youth Advocacy Associate,

Names represent a person’s identity, our cultural origins, history, and in some instances how the world sees us. Names, like all words, are used to

In The News
Antionette Lee, KYW NewsRadio •

The juvenile reform school closed in 2019 following allegations of covered-up abuse. 

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has denied a

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Mustafa Ali-Smith,

When young people become involved in the juvenile justice system, the response must take their development into account.   

This understanding has been central to

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Mustafa Ali-Smith,

From reproductive health and bioethics to the child welfare system and youth justice, Professor Dorothy Roberts has been a transformative leader on the issues impacting