The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee voted to advance HB 1381 today, which YSRP hopes will usher in a more humane era of support and care for youth involved in the criminal legal system.
The article, Juveniles facing adult court get help from lawyers’ program, which appeared on the front page of Philadelphia’s newspaper, describes the issue of kids being charged as adults in Pennsylvania, and the work YSRP is doing to address it: “They’re providing help to court-appointed and privately retained counsel and public defenders, with the hope of mitigating sentences. And they’re helping young people plan for reentry earlier, even before sentencing.” “YSRP has been able to highlight education needs, addiction, homelessness, abuse.” —Philadelphia Inquirer “They are acting as the dogged advocates these teens often lack.” —Philadelphia Inquirer “There are a significant number of cases in the middle that are really close . . . Those are the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make as a judge. Additional information would make it easier.” —Judge Benjamin Lerner, Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Inquirer 8.19.15_v2