Wanted In Pennsylvania: A Fairer Justice System For Minors

Kevin Penton, Law 360 •

Jessica Feierman, the Juvenile Law Center’s senior managing director, believes the task force should keep an eye on race as it looks to make reform recommendations, noting that people of color are disproportionately represented.

Of 122 Defender Association of Philadelphia clients on July 12 who were children, only one was white and non-Latino, the Juvenile Law Center noted in a October report.

“Young black people face disparate treatment at every step in the system,” Feierman said.

About the Expert

Jessica Feierman oversees Juvenile Law Center’s projects and programs. Feierman currently leads a national effort to end fines and fees in the juvenile justice system and is engaged in litigation aimed at eliminating solitary confinement and other abusive practices in juvenile facilities.