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Jessica Feierman, The Progressive •

When Shyara Hill of Philadelphia was 16 years old, she was arrested in school after defending her little brother from a bully. Three years later, she still

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Juliene James and Susan Mangold, The Washington Post •

Navigating the juvenile justice system can be daunting for any family. After absorbing the shock of a child’s arrest, families often face an intricate, pernicious

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Juvenile Law Center,

This article is part of a series celebrating the tenth anniversary of Juvenile Law Center’s youth advocacy programs. Since 2008, our programs have recruited

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Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle •

Then in 2012, a groundbreaking Supreme Court case out of Alabama banned mandatory life without parole for minors. Instead, the high court said sentencing for

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Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg, The Appeal •

Youth registration incorrectly presumes children’s behavior is deviant, pathological, and compulsive, explained Riya Saha Shah, managing director of Juvenile Law Center.

“There is a feeling among

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Katie Rose Quandt, The Nation •
Then the men, who’d been sentenced to life as juveniles, were freed. Not one of the more than 130 released juvenile lifers in the state of Pennsylvania has reoffended, according to records kept by Brooke McCarthy of Juvenile Law Center.
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An-Li Herring, 90.5 WESA Pittsburgh •

Jenny Pokempner, Child Welfare Policy Director at the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, said counties in Pennsylvania should reduce their use of group homes. Such

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John Kelly, The Chronicle of Social Change •
Based on the findings of this report, it appears that not many foster youth are taking states up on that offer. The report identifies 171,000 youth in foster care between the ages of 18 and 21.
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Megan Harris, Kiley Koscinski, 90.5 WESA Pittsburgh •

As many as 15,000 children are in Pennsylvania's foster care system at any given time, and a disproportionate number are often African-American. How can existing family