PA Lawmakers Should Use Handling of ‘Kids for Cash’ Scandal as A Model for Glen Mills

Marsha Levick, The Inquirer •

Each new revelation about the abuse of children at the Glen Mills facility in Delaware County reminds me of another juvenile justice scandal that rocked Pennsylvania almost exactly 10 years ago — the Luzerne County “Kids for Cash” scandal. “Kids for Cash” shocked the Commonwealth for its brazen display of judicial greed and corruption at the expense of children’s constitutional rights.

As one of the lawyers who successfully redressed what happened to the children of Luzerne County, I urge Pennsylvania’s state and county leaders to consider Pennsylvania’s response to the “Kids for Cash” scandal as a guidepost for going forward. (In that case, two Luzerne County judges were imprisoned in a kickback scheme involving for-profit juvenile-detention centers.)

About the Expert

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.