-Missouri Tries a Different Approach to Juvenile Justice (ABC News)
"Recent reports about abuse of juvenile inmates have renewed calls for a national overhaul of a juvenile justice system that includes nearly 100,000 children."
"In Missouri, a different method for juvenile detention has seen surprisingly successful results, trading in the orange uniforms and cell blocks for therapists and dorm rooms." 09-09
Miscarriage of Justice for Kids (ABC News)
"It's not supposed to be like this in juvenile court, where incarceration is considered the last resort, legal experts said. But Marsha Levick, deputy director of the Juvenile Law Center, a public-interest law firm in Philadelphia, said she noticed a frightening pattern in Ciaravella's courtroom."
" 'I think what we have here in Luzerne County is probably the most egregious abuse of power in the history of the American legal system,' Levick said." 03-09
Pennyslvania's "Jailing Kids for Cash" Scandal (CNN News)
"As scandals from Wall Street to Washington roil the public trust, the justice system in Luzerne County, in the heart of Pennsylvania's struggling coal country, has also fallen prey to corruption. The county has been rocked by a kickback scandal involving two elected judges who essentially jailed kids for cash. Many of the children had appeared before judges without a lawyer."
"The kickback scandal highlights a major problem in the juvenile justice system in Luzerne County and across the country, attorneys say. They say hundreds of children who appeared before Ciavarella didn't have lawyers."
"Dahlberg's recent study in Ohio revealed that some of the counties had as many as 90 percent of children going through the court system without a lawyer." 02-09
- Law-Related Education (Teens, Crime and the Community)
Provides training and projects for teens to actively lead in reducing crime. Created by the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and Street Law, Inc. (formerly the National Institute for Citizen Education in the Law), TCC is a joint initiative currently funded on the national level by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice. Law Related Education. 07-06