Pa. Supreme Court rejects plea to order comprehensive release of juvenile criminal offenders over coronavirus

Matt Miller, PennLive •

The state Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to order the blanket release of juvenile criminal offenders and delinquents from detention centers over fears that the coronavirus might run rampant in those facilities.

The high court didn’t stand in the way of releases ordered by the county court judges who sent the juveniles to those detention, corrections and residential centers, however. And they directed county courts to restrict the number of new juvenile commitments to those facilities.

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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.