Pa. Supreme Court denies request to release children in juvenile facilities during coronavirus pandemic

Peter Hall, The Morning Call •

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a petition by juvenile justice advocates seeking the release of children in detention facilities during the coronavirus pandemic.

Juvenile Law Center and the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project filed a lawsuit Wednesday asking the Supreme Court to use its powers to order county courts across Pennsylvania to review the cases of every juvenile being held in detention centers, county jails or long-term correctional or residential facilities.

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.