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Yudichak applauds passage of Juvenile Justice Reform Bill

Published March 28. 2012 05:01PM

State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) today applauded his Senate colleagues for sending a much needed juvenile justice reform bill to Governor Corbett's desk.

"The juvenile justice scandal in Luzerne County brought to light government corruption at its worst; and Senate Bill 818 is the first step toward righting those wrongs," Yudichak said. "I commend the bill's prime sponsor, Sen. Lisa Baker, for her diligence and hard-work to restore faith in, and order to, our damaged juvenile justice system."

The Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 818, which would require juvenile court judges to state on the record the reasons behind a disposition order.

Yudichak also stressed the need for the General Assembly to act on other bills that would address the shortcomings in state law that were brought to light in the so-called "Kids for Cash" juvenile justice scandal in Luzerne County.

Senate Bill 815, expected to be voted on by the House this week, would require that counsel be present at juvenile delinquency hearings. The other two bills in the legislative package, Senate Bills 816 and 817 would require the proposed Office of Victim Advocate to represent and advocate for the interests of victims of juvenile crime and restricts the use of restraints on juveniles during court proceedings, respectively.

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