Philadelphia Must Stop Holding Children in Adult Jails

Michelle Mason & Lauren Fine, The Inquirer •

Our organizations have seen how harmful adult jails can be for children, and we — along with Juvenile Law Center and the Youth Art and Self-empowerment Project — have been urging city officials to stop this practice. If the court orders a child awaiting trial to be detained, we urge that the child be held with other children at the Juvenile Justice Services Center. In this new era of increased criminal justice reform in our city, now is the perfect moment to make this change.

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