Toohil’s Juvenile Justice Bill Headed to the Governor’s Desk
HARRISBURG – Legislation that grew out of Luzerne County’s “Kids for Cash” scandal and was sponsored by state Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) is awaiting Gov. Tom Corbett’s signature after its passage by the General Assembly. Last week, the Senate unanimously approved House Bill 1546 with some minor amendments. It was returned to the House on concurrence, and members unanimously approved it yesteday.
“My bill should prevent the kind of injustices to children that took place in Luzerne County from ever happening again anywhere in Pennsylvania,” said Toohil. “The goal is to identify those problems sooner to ensure that all juvenile offenders are treated fairly under the law.”
House Bill 1546 would require the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission (JCJC) to gather and analyze data from the Commonwealth’s juvenile courts to identify trends and evidence-based programs and practices to ensure reasonable and efficient administration of the juvenile justice system. It would also require the JCJC to make recommendations based on its findings to judges, the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts and other appropriate entities. In addition, the information would be posted on the commission’s website.
“The measure gives JCJC a mandate to scrutinize juvenile court data in order to recognize and then correct the problems that may exist within Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system,” said Toohil. “For example, in the Luzerne County case, there were a higher number of children going away to prison when compared to other counties. That should have raised a red flag. But it did not, and it was too late for the children involved.”
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