Pa. Justices Won't Order Mass Juvenile Detainee Release

Matt Santoni, Law360 •

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied a request Tuesday to halt all new juvenile detentions and release most juvenile offenders from custody in response to the coronavirus pandemic, but ordered a county-by-county review to determine if smaller, local releases are needed.

The justices denied the petition from the Juvenile Law Center and the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project to use their "King's Bench" power to stop new juvenile detentions and order a wide release of juveniles in certain categories.

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Marsha Levick co-founded Juvenile Law Center in 1975. Throughout her legal career, Levick has been an advocate for children’s and women's rights and is a nationally recognized expert in juvenile law.