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Trump and Biden square off in a debate marked by interruptions; COVID-19 highlights neglect of undocumented residents.


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Last night was filled with interruptions at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Public News Service - PA: Juvenile Justice

A lawsuit filed against the Glen Mills School says children were subject to physical and emotional abuse, medical neglect and lack of education. (motortion/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A class-action lawsuit charging abuse and inadequate education at a juvenile detention facility in Delaware County will be allowed to proceed. The ruling issued by a federal court on Friday means virtually all the claims against the Glen Mills School and state officials responsible

In 2013, African-American students made up 15 percent of all students in Pennsylvania, but 35 percent of those in AEDY programs. (ludi/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A settlement between the U.S. Justice Department and Pennsylvania's Department of Education will mean significant changes in the state's disciplinary education programs. The Education Law Center filed a complaint in 2013 about what it alleged were discriminatory practices a

A new report on juvenile detention says adolescents are motivated more by rewards and incentives than by threats of punishment. (eric_urquhart/Twenty20)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A new report says reforming probation practices for juveniles could increase their chances for success. In the past 20 years, juvenile justice system reforms have led to far fewer young people being held in juvenile detention centers. But the report from The Annie E. Case

Permanent connections with caring adults are important for adolescent development. (Sammie/Pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA — The child welfare system needs to do more to meet the developmental needs of adolescents, according to a recent study. A report from the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative said scientific findings show brain development continues past the age of 20. It also said young pe

Schools can't discipline students for posting to social media from off campus on their own time. (StockSnap/Pixabay)

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Schools can't punish students for swearing when they're off campus - that's the message of a federal court to a Pennsylvania high school. The student, who is a minor, is only referred to by her initials, B.L. She was dropped from her school's junior varsity cheerleading s

Jailing and fining students or parents for truancy can trap families in a cycle of debt. (pexels.com)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania's new truancy law makes some major improvements, but puts poor families at risk of increased penalties that don't solve the problem, according to critics. The new law puts an emphasis on addressing root causes of truancy in the schools and dealing with cases on

The use of solitary confinement on youth can cause trauma, mental distress, and increase risk of suicide and self-harm. (@RichardRoss, juvenile-in-justice.com)

PHILADELPHIA – A time out, protective custody and segregation are all terms used to describe solitary confinement – a practice experienced by hundreds of youth in juvenile detention facilities in the U.S. And solitary confinement is coming into the spotlight as the Democratic National

A U.S. Supreme Court decision grants parole or re-sentencing hearings to people sentenced to life in prison without parole when they were juveniles. (Kconnors/morguefile)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Monday is expected to bring relief to thousands of people serving life sentences in prison for crimes they committed as children. The high court made retroactive a 2012 ruling that banned mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles, clearin

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