Youth leaders, advocates gather to demand action on youth justice in PA

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Dauphin County, PA — Youth leaders and advocates gathered at the State Capitol on Tuesday, demanding action on youth justice in Pennsylvania.

Organizers say they called the press conference because of a lack of action by PA lawmakers.

The PA Juvenile Task Force offered recommendations such as strengthening due process and raising the minimum age a minor can be tried in juvenile court.

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About the Expert

Kate Burdick focuses on advancing education rights and improving outcomes for youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Areas of expertise include school stability, special education issues for court-involved youth, educational decision-making, education for youth in facilities, and credit transfer/educational reentry issues.

Marcía facilitates Juvenile Law Center’s Youth Advocacy Program: Youth Fostering Change, Juveniles for Justice, and the Youth Speakers Bureau. She also works closely with our attorneys on various policy-focused projects related to foster youth and transition-aged youth.

Malik Pickett is a staff attorney at Juvenile Law Center who joined the organization in 2020. He advocates for the rights of youth in the juvenile justice system through litigation, amicus and policy advocacy efforts. Prior to joining Juvenile Law Center, Pickett worked as an associate attorney with the law firm of Wade Clark Mulcahy, LLP where he litigated personal injury and construction defect cases and as a legislative counsel for the Honorable Pennsylvania State Senators Shirley M. Kitchen and Jay Costa.